Kyrie Irving trade from Nets to Mavericks draws eye-popping reaction from NBA world

By | February 5, 2023

Kyrie Irving rocked the NBA world when he requested a trade from the Nets, marking the end of his time spent with a third different NBA team. On Sunday, he was officially dealt to his fourth NBA team.

Irving was traded from the Nets to the Mavericks for Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, a 2029 first-round pick and a pair of second-round picks. The trade sends Irving to a Dallas team led by Luka Doncic that finds itself sixth in the Western Conference standings, just a half-game ahead of the Warriors to stay above the play-in line.

The move sets up a pairing of two of the top scorers in the league. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Doncic ranks second in the league with 29.3 points per game, while Irving is 10th at 27.1 points per game.

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The trade sends ripples across the NBA world, potentially moving the Mavericks into serious title contention in a wide-open Western Conference.

Dinwiddie, who spent five years with the Nets from 2016-21, thanked the Mavericks for his time in Dallas, and shed light on what it’s like to find out he’s been dealt from The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

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Understandably, the deal elicited plenty of reactions from other NBA players as they watched the landscape of the title chase shift dramatically.