Kyrie Irving will join forces with Luka Doncic, as the Brooklyn Nets have traded the All-Star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks, The Athletic reports.
NBA insider Shams Charania broke the news Sunday afternoon, revealing that Kyrie will head to Dallas in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Doran Finney-Smith, a first-round pick, and multiple second-round picks.
The move comes days after Kyrie demanded to be traded by next week’s deadline. Should the Nets have kept him, Irving planned on leaving as a free agent this summer.
Kyrie’s trade to Dallas ends what’s been a tumultuous tenure for the star point guard in Brooklyn. During the 2020-21 season, Kyrie’s refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine kept him from playing Nets home games until NYC mayor Eric Adams altered the city’s laws.
Earlier this season, 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.
He was subsequently suspended for a minimum of five games without pay, and was told to complete six action items in order to return to the team. The demands included a face-to-face meeting 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.