It’s official: Kyrie Irving is heading to the Dallas Mavericks! After months of speculation, the Brooklyn Nets have traded the All-Star point guard to the Mavericks in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Doran Finney-Smith, a first-round pick, and multiple second-round picks.
Kyrie’s move to Dallas marks the end of a tumultuous tenure in Brooklyn. In January, the star point guard refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine, keeping him from playing Nets home games until NYC mayor Eric Adams altered the city’s laws. Later that same month, Kyrie sparked backlash after posting a link on social media for the documentary Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, a 2018 film that focuses on antisemitic tropes. In response, he was suspended for a minimum of five games without pay, and was told to complete six action items in order to return to the team. These demands included a face-to-face meeting with Jewish leaders, the completion of sensitivity training, a $500,000 donation to anti-hate groups, and a public apology for promoting the aforementioned film.
In December, Nike ended its partnership with Irving, making the Nets star a sneaker free agent. Kyrie demanded to be traded by next week’s deadline, and now his wish has been granted. He will join forces with Luka Doncic in Dallas, and we can’t wait to see what the dynamic duo will bring to the court.