NBA: Nets trade Kyrie Irving to Mavericks

Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets takes on the Chicago Bulls in the first half at the United Center on January 4, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

The Brooklyn Nets have traded All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, whose tenure with the club includes dozens of games missed in part due to his refusal to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, for the Dallas Mavericks, according to the Dallas Mavericks. report on Sunday.

Irving, who reportedly asked to be processed before the NBA’s February 9 trading deadline after negotiations over a new contract with the Nets fell out of his favor, also missed games. this year after promoting an anti-Semitic documentary.

According to ESPN and The Athletic, the Nets will receive Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and second-round draft picks in 2027 and 2029 and a first-round pick in 2029 for Irving, who was selected this year. is the All-Star for the tournament. Eighth.

Irving, who has averaged 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 40 games during the 2022-2023 campaign, has faced heavy criticism on earlier this season for promoting a film he later said contained “false anti-Semitic statements”.

In response to his apology, the Nets suspended Irving for at least five games, saying that despite holding two press conferences, he refused to deny anti-Semitism. He missed eight games.

That comes after the 2021-22 season, in which Irving played only 29 of the Nets’ 82 regular games due to his refusal to comply with New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine regulation.

Irving was picked with the first overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent six seasons before being transferred to the Boston Celtics.

The Nets signed Irving in mid-2019 to a four-year deal in the hopes that he and Kevin Durant could bring home the NBA championship for Brooklyn, but the best the duo can do is contribute. face in the second round of the 2021 play-offs.


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