Kyrie Irving got his wish — the NBA superstar has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple reports.
News of Irving’s intentions to leave Brooklyn were made clear on Friday …with the 30-year-old telling the Nets to either trade him, or he’d leave in free agency in the offseason.
Now, Uncle Drew will be teaming up with Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, who sit sixth in the Western Conference standings.
In exchange for Irving, the Mavs will send Spencer Dinwiddie back to BK … as well as Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round pick and a handful of second-rounders, according to Shams Charania.
The Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns were also reportedly in the running for Irving … but there was growing concern over sending a haul for the guard, when he could bolt in free agency in August.
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Nets fans were clearly upset with Irving’s request out of Brooklyn — and showed their feelings by booing him before the Nets vs. Washington Wizards game on Saturday.
Irving found himself in hot water during his time in Brooklyn … after he controversially tweeted a link to a movie filled with anti-Semitic beliefs.
The 2016 champ was suspended over his actions, and the NBA and Nets called for Irving to denounce the contents of the film. Nike also announced it was cutting ties with the Irving.
Irving eventually apologized days later.
Reports say Kyrie’s request out of BK wasn’t about the money … and even if the Nets were to offer him a max contract, he was going to leave regardless.