Like a bolt from the blue, the most important news of the day bounced back from the U.S. a short while ago. The Brooklyn Nets have traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks., one of the teams that were immediately in contention for the superstar who had asked to be traded a couple of days ago. In return, the Nets will receive Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round pick in the 2029 Draft and two second-round picks, 2027 and 2029. The Mavericks on the other hand, in addition to Irving, will also get. Markieff Morris.
Reading it this way, the Mavs did not put much on the table for Irving, whose price had probably dropped to an all-time low under the circumstances. Kyrie will be a free agent in the summer anyway, barring renewal with Dallas, so it might as well be a 6-month “rental.” In those 6 months Irving will form a fearsome pair in the backcourt with Luka Doncic, perhaps the strongest around from an offensive standpoint. However, the question marks are many, starting with just Irving’s permanence.
According to reports, Dallas also reportedly consulted Doncic himself before making this trade, which was welcomed wholeheartedly by coach Jason Kidd. The Mavericks are currently sixth in the West with a record of 28-26: not exciting, but the presence of Kyrie Irving now makes them a contender.