FEBRUARY 6: Despite efforts by the Nets to expand the deal and involve a third team, the trade remains a two-team swap and is now official, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets.
The Mavericks’ PR department confirms the trade is official in a tweet.
Nets GM Sean Marks issued a statement, Chris Milholen of Nets Daily tweets, saying in part, “We’re excited to add Spencer and Dorian to our roster, while also securing draft compensation that will increase our flexibility moving forward.”
FEBRUARY 5: The Nets and Mavericks have agreed to a trade that will send point guard Kyrie Irving to Dallas, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).
According to Charania (Twitter link) and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter links), Brooklyn will receive guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick, a 2027 second-round pick, and a 2029 second-round pick in the swap. Those draft picks will all be the Mavericks’ own.
The Nets will also send forward Markieff Morris to the Mavs, Charania adds.
News of the agreement between the two teams comes just two days after word broke that Irving had requested a trade out of Brooklyn following failed negotiations on a contract extension. Reports at that time indicated that the All-Star guard had conveyed to the Nets that he planned to leave in free agency if he wasn’t dealt by the February 9 trade deadline.
The Nets wasted little time accommodating Irving’s request, having perhaps grown weary of the drama that has surrounded the 30-year-old since his arrival in Brooklyn in 2019. During those three-and-a-half years, Irving has missed significant time due to injuries, taken personal leaves of absence, refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 despite a New York City mandate that prevented him from playing in home games, and served a team-issued suspension for promoting an antisemitic film on social media.
On the court, Irving played at his usual high level in 143 total games as a Net, averaging 27.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per night with a .489/.396/.909 shooting line in 35.8 minutes per game. However, his and Kevin Durant‘s brilliance didn’t translate to much postseason success — Brooklyn has won just a single playoff series since adding the two stars in 2019.
By trading Irving for a package that includes both veteran players and future draft picks, the Nets – who currently occupy the fourth seed in the East at 32-20 – will set themselves up to remain in contention this year while also securing some assets for the future. Kyrie was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Dinwiddie is under contract for another season and Finney-Smith’s deal runs all the way through 2025/26 (the final year is a player option).
The Mavs, meanwhile, will get the co-star they wanted for All-NBA guard Luka Doncic and their new-look backcourt should be the NBA’s most dynamic, though the move carries substantial risk. The trade will cost Dallas two of its most reliable rotation players, with Dinwiddie having averaged 17.7 PPG on .455/.405/.821 shooting and Finney-Smith handling key defensive assignments on the wing.
Additionally, while Irving could technically sign a two-year extension with the Mavs anytime before June 30, Sam Amick of The Athletic reported earlier today that Kyrie’s preference is to play out the current season and seek a longer-term maximum-salary contract as a free agent, so Dallas may have to take its chances with the mercurial star this summer. Obviously, the organization will be motivated to make it work with Irving — the front office wouldn’t have paid this price if it expected him to be a rental.
According to Marc Stein (Twitter link), the Mavericks consulted with Doncic before agreeing to trade for Irving, who is said to be “ecstatic” to join forces with Luka in Dallas, per Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). Mavs president of basketball operations Nico Harrison, formerly a top Nike executive, has a long-standing relationship with Kyrie, notes Wojnarowski (Twitter link).
Both the Mavericks and Nets were already on track to be taxpayers this season, but because Irving ($36.9MM) and Morris ($1.8MM) have a higher combined cap hit than Dinwiddie ($20.2MM) and Finney-Smith ($12.4MM), the move will reduce Brooklyn’s projected end-of-season tax bill by about $26.5MM and increase Dallas’ by nearly $29MM, per Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype (Twitter links).
Irving and Finney-Smith have trade bonuses in their contracts. Irving’s is worth 15% of his remaining salary, while Finney-Smith’s is worth 5%. There has been no indication yet that either player will waive or reduce his bonus.
The Lakers, Clippers, and Suns were also said to have interest in Irving, so the Mavs beat out several Western Conference rivals to land him. According to Wojnarowski (Twitter link), the Lakers and Nets had several conversations about a possible deal, but Brooklyn preferred Dallas’ package that included useful present and future pieces — trade talks between the two teams accelerated today, Woj adds.
143 thoughts on “Nets Trade Kyrie Irving To Mavericks”
Not a bad return for the Nets. Dinwiddie had his best years in Brooklyn and is doing good this year. Smith is a solid rotation guy and who knows how the 2029 pick will turn out. No more headaches also.
Did I say this past 2 days.
Mavs can easily outbid the offers from Lakers and Clippers
Did I mention Dinwiddie and Finney Smith in the trade package?
Did I say Lakers and Clippers have no centerpieces to offer?
I usually ignore your comments so I would not know.
I am okay with it
The contract extension has been agreed in principle between Mavs and Irving
That’s the reason it takes quite a few hours
seems like giving up too much for Kyrie… why not just one player instead of two… must be salary related.
Gave up too much
How old are you? Are you from America? These are genuine questions. I just really question your intelligence. Like, a lot.
Are you implying he isn’t from the US and that is why he lacks intelligence?
No I’m questioning his grammar.
Look no way no way no way!!!! They would offer a new contract. They will wait to see fit and mental health….
HILARIOUS monger! truer words were never spoken! and…”he’s ok with it”. thank God!
They got not much in my opinion. The mavs are the clear winner here.
This should be interesting.
Well this should be interesting
Can’t we just agree that it will be interesting or what
Welcome back to Hoopsrumors, Lil D.
Yes it is.
I think both teams made a good trade.
Brooklyn Nets got two solid role players and some future picks.
Dallas Mavericks needs a Superstar player like Kyrie Irving to complement Luka Doncic.
Do you think the Dallas Mavericks can win the championship this season?
I heard someone say this would be interesting
I would be interested in knowing more about that.
It may or may not be interesting. It will at least be entertaining.
Good job nets, get rid of that head case
Mavs finally get Luka some help.
Hilariously this trade says the Mavs regret letting Brunson go.
Kyrie >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Brunson though, tbf.
Be interested to see how Luka and Kyrie’s game meshes together. Also be interesting to see what kind of reception Kyrie receives from the Texas crowd.
Kyrie is only interested in getting buckets. He will be fine next to Luka. The same way he was fine next to ball-dominant LeBron. The same way he was fine next to KD and Harden. There will be plenty of shots for Kyrie. All he is interested in is getting buckets. Brooklyn could score 110 points KD would get 35-10-8 and Kyrie would get 30-3-5
That’s the thing – he’s not fine with it. That’s why he’s bailed out of every city he’s been in. Kyrie has to be the focal point, or he finds the first exit.
I’m Just not sure how an extreme usage high min guard that wants all the shots and 99% of the ball…… will mesh with an extreme usage high min guard who wants all the shots and 99% of the ball lol.
No argument they’ll be amazing to watch, sure Lukas numbers may go down a bit, but they have to be a strong choice for the chip this year. Especially with Wood as their 3rd.
Which is why it’s a bad trade
Dallas Mavericks get
Brooklyn Nets get
1st round pick 2029 unprotected
2nd round pick 2027
2nd round pick 2029
Nooooooooo.. Wtf mavs.. Idiot move.. Giving up quality guys for a cancer that will be gone at the end of the year
You think they would have learned after Rondo
I don’t know why anyone would trade for Kyrie.
And draft picks as well.. F***s sake.. Idiot cuban
….but Cubes is always the smartest guy in the room. I feel bad for Luka
BKN was right to jump on this. DAL seemed an odd fit at first, at least to me. But based on reports coming out in the past day, they appeared to be the most motivated buyer.
It seems like an odd fit, but at the same point, the West is pretty weak this year. Luka and Kyrie give them a punchers chance.
Games can mesh easy enough. I think they’ll be a great duo.
The fit issue might revolve around the team dynamic. KI is not only not a leader, he’s not a follower either. With KI, a 15 man team is always 14 and then 1. For that to work there needs to be another star that can lead the (rest of the) team, and accommodate KI into it. LBJ was that. KD was not that. Can Luka, at his age, and still pushing his own ceiling, be that? Anyway, he can never say they didn’t put any talent around him.
In theory it’s a great fit. Having a scorer to play off Luka would create a beast combat. Kyrie CAN do that. The problem is, can and will are two different things. I bet it will look great at first then fall apart come playoff time.
I like this move for my Nets. Unprotected first is always a win for a rental. Wish we got someone else other than Finney-Smith. Would of rather of had Hardaway or Wood but I’m glad we got Dinwiddie in the deal. Was always a great player for the Nets
I mean they could have sent you Christina Applegate and a stale bag of Doritos, instead of Finney-Smith, and I’d have thought you guys win the trade. Some relationships just need to end.
Wood would of been perfect.
I agree and, as a fellow Nets’ fan, I’m also happy with the trade, but that pick may not even be in high school yet. It could be flipped in another deal. What could be interesting, though, is that the stash the Nets got in the sign and trade of Dinwiddie could get to play with him next year since his contract with CSKA Moscow ends this year.
Don’t both Luka and Kyrie NEED the ball. Not enough touches for both.
We can getcha some cheese bot no cotton.
I think this was a mistake. Is Kyrie that much better then dinwiddie and is Morris that much better then finney smith ? Unless it’s about having expiring contracts to chase someone next season.
I think that is what it’s going to be. Luka is the heart of the team, but Kyrie might fill in a hole for the rest of the season to help Luka out more. Next season, new lineup once again.
Kyrie is miles better than Dinwiddie. But the thought of he and Luka coexisting together for long is iffy at best.
And they were desperate for DFS’s defense when he was out. Luka, Kyrie, Wood…might be a nice regular season team but that team will get torched in the playoffs.
They also badly need another center. If they don’t address that need as well I don’t get what the front office is thinking.
Morris isn’t even a role player at this point in his career. Finney Smith is exponentially better then him
Lakers season = over.
Lakers on da brain. Lol
The Mavs defense just got a lot worse.
Might put pressure on them to make a deal with the Bulls for DeMar or Zach. I suspect there will be a lot of frantic calls trying to get a third team involved in a deal.
There is a thing called the salary cap that will prevent that from happening
3 seed lose in conference finals again lol then ki goes to la next year
This makes Mavs worse
Huge gamble by Mark Cuban, if they can’t re-sign Kyrie this offseason he just gave away two of Luka’s better teammates and all of those picks for nothing.
Losing the pics hurt but I believe free agents may want to come to Dallas and play with Luca. Could be what the Mavericks are counting on if Kyrie walks.
Look at their cap situation for 2023-24,Kyrie walks and his salary mostly clears their tax bill. A small percentage of his 44M might be able to be used towards free agents.
Yes but because most of the league is over the cap it’ll be a sign and trade and Dallas will wind up with a couple of good players if Kyrie walks.
At first looking at this trade I think the Nets made out very well but from Dallas perspective really they only gave up one key guy and a first round pick 6 years from now.
Really not much because Finney Smith is just a guy right now. His shooting has slipped, he’s almost 30, and three more years on his deal. The second round picks aren’t much anymore.., you can buy those if you want one, as with the second round pick swap. No big deal.
Looking at it a little longer I think Dallas did a nice job and in going for it now. Gamble worth taking.
If a team like LA is going to sign & trade for him it could hard cap them depending on their cap situation. By trading for Rui that changed how they’ll be able to approach free agency because he’ll have a high cap hold.
Even if Dallas manages to re-sign him he’s still the same flake that decides to tap out whenever he wants. Regardless of your opinion of DFS,he & Dinwiddie are two of their best players. This trade will either make or break Luka staying there longterm.
For the Nets it was a great deal. They can turn around and use those future picks to add to this current team.
You know what you’re right about that hard cap for the team receiving the free agent. Forgot all about that. So I’m wondering, have the Mavericks already agreed to extend Kyrie to the extension he wants?
As far as Finney Smith, he and Reggie Bullock are sort of redundant. Smith is better but Bullock can move into his slot very easily.
I’ve only read this article & espn’s and i didn’t see anything about already agreeing to an extension. It mentions above that he can sign a 2yr deal now or wait and try for a longer deal in free agency and he’s going to wait.
I’m a Celtics fan so I know firsthand on what he’s like and how he can leave your organization empty-handed if he decides to leave, it would just really suck to see the Mavs lose Luka if this doesn’t workout.
Kyrie makes 36 mill. And he’s going to Lakers next yr as a FA. He need the attention
You’re right,don’t know where I read that he was making 44M. With a lower salary number that means Dallas will certainly not be able to use any of his freed up salary if he leaves without a S&T.
LA will be interesting though because they were close to possibly clearing out room for a max contract but then the Rui trade and his potential cap hold could end up ruining that. They could always renounce his rights and sign Kyrie. That way they would have given up much less than if they had traded for him outright,basically using the Rui trade as what it cost to get Irving. Then shock everyone by retaining Westbrook,at a fraction of the cost,for their bench unit. If they don’t deal away those two future picks by this deadline they could then use them to add to a Lebron,Kyrie,AD,Westbrook core.
Expeditious nicely done Nets. I think they could have gotten more. Still good move to get rid of the krackKyrie.
Now we see if the diva KD stays. Kyrie and Luka won’t work imo. Luka plays to win. Even though he’s about hero ball sometimes. Kyrie all about attention not winning.
I think KD is on his way to the Knicks!
Nets would never do it lol.
KD doesn’t want to play for the Knicks, no one does really.
They may be blowing it up……
Would have so much more respect for KD if he just sticks with Nets and work hard.
Well I guess the Trading deadline is off to a great start ……. Let’s Do This !!!!
Bey and DeRozan to the Knicks next ………yeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss
Possibly DeRozan but you will be competing with the even more desperate Lakers.
They don’t have the assets we do. I just don’t want to overpay. Always want more from Knicks
Do you mean Saddiq Bey? I think I am confused.
Is there another Bey all the rumors are about
The Mavericks being my second favorite team now have lost a fan. I know they don’t care about that. Worst trade the Mavericks could have made. Kyrie is a head case and will destroy the Mavericks franchise.
I love Luka but I ain’t going to do anything but hope he asks out of Dallas asap…
They say Luka wanted Kyrie. Worst case scenario they have an open max slot now.
Million dollar athlete with a 2 dollar brain.
Yes, but you cant put a price on Heart…
His heart is worth even less, based on how he liked that neo-N@zi film
Kyrie has heart?
Think he’d be better served bouncing around the league on one year deals chasing championships while never staying in one place long enough to be a real problem.
Wow Mavs went all in for this year while a great trade for The Nets.
Holy s**t Silivan, you got one!
Good luck to Kidd who is Kyrie’idol. Strange fit for Dallas cause Ky nor Lucas are playing off the ball good return for Nets … Now Knicks have to give all the picks and get Durant !!
Everyone here who knows ball and knows me. Knows I love Dinwiddie. He is not afraid of NY. He is a perfect fit imo. With Cam coming on as a scorer to back him. The Nets are better off. They need to get a center. Like Whiteside (only need to sign him). And they can still be a contender this yr.
They really don’t need a center. Claxton is one of the best centers in the league. Sharpe is a double double machine if he gets consistent minutes. Sharpe would be really good if he didnt foul out any time he gets major minutes
Claxton is 210 LBs . Sharpe is 6’ 9”.
Claxton is nice. But you are not going anywhere without a true center in the East. East centers will just wear you out. Nets have been shopping for a center. It’s called depth.
link to nba.nbcsports.com
Whiteside is not making anyone a contender lmao
lol Whiteside? What are you smoking?
I guess Cuban didnt want Kyrie to go to Lakers, Clips, or Suns. Is he going to give him 2 yr extension or not??? If not, what did Kyrie gain aside from sticking to KD and the Nets? Still, huge win for the Nets. Kyrie will ruin the Mavs.
Are you asking for Kyrie to use logic and make a rational decision?
And that’s how a lifelong Mavs fan finally turned his back on the team.
Don’t worry, he’ll be gone this offseason.
Losing both Kyrie and Wood for nothing would be hilarious.
Congrats to these two teams for capping themselves at the 5 seed. No way either of these teams wins more than one series as currently constructed.
I can see a sign and trade of kyrie to let’s say bulls for lavine
Yeh I think this shifts the AKME calculus a little…
But maybe the deal goes down with the Nets instead, for Durant.
Wouldn’t have given up Dinwiddie or the 1st if I were the Mavs, Nets won this deal by a vast margin
Horrible assumption and assessment. Kyrie is 28 per night and has Balled with the like of lebron, the beard, KD to name a few ball dominant players and thrived, cactus brain. Kyrie is a superstar in this league, Dinwiddie a vagabond.
Ughhh awful take
Weird fit imp. Two super ball dominant players. KD was very willing to play without the ball but I can’t see either of Luka or Kyrie being that way.
I, like most, think this is a bad trade for the Mavs. Kyrie is a pathetic moronic person and I hope it has no effect on Luka but man… good thing Luka isn’t Jewish.
But Mark Cuban is…interesting.
Christian Wood is dumb if he doesn’t sign that extension
I think Irving will be in good behavior. He knows he needs to fix his league image. He now has a shot at a title with Luka. Cuban they say is very gracious with his players. They have a mac slot open next year for some one. I don’t see wood getting an extension in season now.
In theory it’s a great fit. Having a scorer to play off Luka would create a beast combat. Kyrie CAN do that. The problem is, can and will are two different things. I bet it will look great at first then fall apart come playoff time.
McKinley Wright bumped Currys knee on purpose in order to hurt Curry. Of course I’m being facetious but I couldn’t help recall all the knuckleheads who accused Poole of hurting Morant intentionally last postseason. Clearly in neither instance was there intent to injure. In the end, this really sucks.
Oops, wrong story. Sorry.
Maybe the Mavs can finally win a game when Luka doesn’t play. The Mavs were going nowhere, they had to make a trade. It won’t matter much though if they don’t decide to play better defensively
Have to hand it to the Nets. They wasted no time. I don’t think they got all that much, as picks are useless outside the top 5 for anything except trade chips, but to make something even remotely beneficial happen in such a short window is a job well done.
Maybe this will break the trading open finally. Nets might work a deal for one of the more sought after trade candidates since they want to win now, which should force some of the others to start making deals.
No I’m a baller cause I’m not you clowns.
Not one of you has addressed the fact Nets are searching for a C. Only hate for the one I choose to look at.
My take is based on balling. And clarity on getting it done. All the clowns got is adjectives. Yeah that’s real insightful.
With this trade, the Mavericks reduce their chance to win the Finals down to 0%. The Nets increase their chance up to 3%.
No way Kyrie resigns in Dallas. Unless they win a chip. Only way I see him staying.
I still think Nets should have gotten more. But they did sign Kyrie as a FA. So that to me makes it easier to take.
Even if Mark from Cuba is the only one to offer what Kyrie wants?
He’s gonna retire a Mav and Luka will never win a chip with the Mavs…
I’ll give the Mavs this: they were kinda stuck. And another year or two of being stuck could’ve meant Luka would ask out. So doing something in the nearish future was important unlike, say, the Gobert trade where the Wolves made a completely unnecessary and risky big splash that will limit all future flexibility.
That said, as much as I can see some rationale for taking this kind of swing, I still lean far more into the desperation camp. Instead of taking the longer, slower path to turn this ship around that should’ve started years ago the Mavs continue to dig their hole deeper and deeper by attempting to take highly questionable shortcuts. Even if you think they were stuck, they were only stuck because they made dumb moves like this in the first place. At some point you have to swallow the pill and stop pursuing the sunk cost theory.
On the basketball side of things, defensively the Mavs are going to get killed. Green and (eventually) Kleber are the only rotation-level defenders there. And losing DFS’s size might not seem like a big deal, but on a team already lacking size and toughness it will sting. They absolutely need to make additional moves to shore up those weaknesses. If that doesn’t happen, this move will look that much worse.
As for Kyrie the person, well, there’s no point in beating a dead horse. But what’s the endgame here? Watch the malcontent leave in FA after giving up quite a bit to get him? Resign the malcontent to a long-term deal without stipulations and watch things blow up as some point even if that doesn’t happen this season? It feels like they’re going to be screwed either way.
In any event, congrats to the Nets for finally being rid of that clown and getting a pretty good haul to boot.
Best post of the thread
Bad move by Dallas, but a Great Move by the Nets!
Mavs got fleeced
I like the move for both teams. Dallas was looking to shed cap. So if irving and wood leave in free agency and not S&T, dallas will have 36m in cap space for a max player.
And I see people say that both luka and kyrie need the ball. Not true, Kyrie played off ball next to LeBron, Durant and Harden and was effective.
Luka kyrie and wood kinda remind me of a kyrie/wade lebron/luka bosh/kevinlove/wood type lineup
Love to see first Cuban Kyrie interaction after the stupidity starts….
For all the Dinwiddie haters …. You know who you are. I never forget.
“They brought back Dinwiddie, who spent five seasons in Brooklyn. The 29-year old guard is averaging 17.7 points, 5.3 assists as Luka Doncic’s running mate. His shooting splits are .455/.405/.821, and now he slots into starting PG.”
washed, thru, finished, injury prone.
Sounds a lot like the geniuses on this blog.
Basketball knowledge is always watching.
link to nypost.com
Please show us your ignorance all over again.
Dinwiddie is the best player in the trade…
Kyrie might play one more full season of games before retirement… Spread out over 5 years…
Kyrie or Dinwiddie hmmmmmmmmmmm. Dinwiddie or kyrie hmmmmmmmm. Tough choice. Notttt. Dinwiddie former net former wizard former maverick is a journey man .
Kyrie will fit right in with Texas, the nuttiest state in the USA now.
Trading for Kyrie is the definition of insanity.
Look at his history. He will play with others then leave town with his panties in a bunch.
He is obviously a talented player but he is like pancreatic cancer. He has been fatal to every team he has joined to their championship hopes since Cleveland.
Dude needs mental help.
Mark from Cuba throwing away Luka’s prime by this deal…
Nets weren’t gonna airmail Kyrie to the Lakers.
No team is interested in helping LeBron continue to build his legacy and/or win championships.
Nets get back some fine asset and get rid of the trouble maker, and Mavs lose important rotation player, multiple picks and lots of money, for a big risk? Maybe the Net’s GM have the Mav’s GM’s noode photo? No other GM would pay that much for a post-season free agent and famous trouble maker. What a big gamble!
Sad day.. Can’t see any sensible reason for this trade for the mavs..
Since we weren’t able to redirect them elsewhere before they arrived, we might as well say we’re “excited to add Spencer and Dorian to our roster”.
There goes any chance of Luka winning the MVP! I believe they woulda hated on Jokic winning for a 3rd time and Luka end up winning it regardless of teams record…