Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round draft pick, and multiple second-round draft picks. This comes after the star point guard requested a trade from the franchise and informed the team that he would not re-sign with them this offseason if they did not honor his request. Several teams were rumored to be interested in the All-Star starting point guard once it became clear the team would need to move him. Brooklyn decided to bench Irving until a trade destination was found. This ends a long and drama-filled saga between Irving and the Nets.
BREAKING: The Brooklyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2023
This season with the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and one steal per game. He is pairing those numbers with a field goal percentage of 48.6 percent and a three-point percentage of 37.4 percent. This season with the Dallas Mavericks Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 17.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 45.4 percent and a three-point percentage of 30.5 percent. Dorian Finney-Smith this season with Dallas averaged 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and one steal per game with a field goal percentage of 41.6 percent and a three-point percentage of 35.5 percent.
Irving is seeking a four-year contract this offseason worth the maximum or near the maximum amount. Some teams expressed concern over giving Irving that long of a deal. Irving has been featured in many headlines over the past two seasons for non-basketball-related reasons. The star point guard is a talent on the court and makes the team he is on better with his level of play. Dallas now pairs Irving with Luka Doncic in the hopes of competing for an NBA Championship.
UPDATE: The Brooklyn Nets also sent forward Markieff Morris to the Dallas Mavericks in the trade.