Kyrie Irving traded from Brooklyn Nets to Dallas Mavericks


Isabella Lee, Staff writer

One of the most exciting aspects of the sports world is the trades that occur. Whether teams trade amongst each other for draft picks or for superstar players, there is always
a trade that is bound to happen that will either baffle, excite or anger fans. Perhaps it will even do all three. In this case, the trade that is the talk of the town is point guard
Kyrie Irving being traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Irving, who had been with the Brooklyn Nets since 2019, is being traded alongside power forward Markieff Morris to
the Mavericks in exchange for point/shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie, small/power forward Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2027 second-round draft pick, a 2029 first-round draft pick and a 2029 second-round draft pick. Ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline for the NBA, Irving had requested a trade from the Nets. “Thank you NetsWorld fans and supporters for the Love on and off the court,” Irving tweeted in the early morning on Feb. 6. “I will forever be grateful I got to live out my dream I had as a Kid with y’all. It will always be Love
from me and my family.” In 2019, Irving had signed with the Nets, his favorite team as a child, in the hopes of winning a title whilst playing alongside small/power forward Kevin Durant, who was recently traded to the Phoenix Suns. However, Irving was met with an onslaught of road barriers, highlighted by him having to miss almost the entire home schedule last season over his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and an eight-game suspension earlier this season after the team said it was dismayed by his repeated failure to “unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs” following his posting of a movie link on Twitter. However, despite his setbacks, Irving could see a chance at going far in the NBA playoffs, if not maybe even winning a championship. Also on the Mavericks is Luka Dončić, a point/shooting guard who is a superstar himself. Although he has yet to win a championship, Dončić has a long career ahead of him and is destined for success, and Irving could very well serve as a support during the time he’s with the team.
The NBA season will conclude on Apr. 9, with Irving becoming a free agent afterwards. This will certainly be an exciting second half to the NBA season. Be sure to keep an eye out on any news about Irving’s new career with the Mavericks as it is sure to be an interesting one. As the season comes to an end, it will be interesting to see if Kyrie stays with the team or continues his journey around the NBA.