The Brooklyn Nets traded Kyrie Irving and veteran forward Markieff Morris to the Dallas Mavericks in return for guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round selection and 2027 and 2029 second-rounders.
Talented but troubled, Irving arrived in 2019 along with star Kevin Durant, whose status with the Nets will now be thrown into question. Irving was averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds, the eight-time All-Star brilliant when he plays.
In the end, Irving’s unavailability outweighed his ability, suiting up for just 143 out of a possible 278 games in Brooklyn and seeing his relationship with the organization break down over the past two years.
Irving missed two-thirds of last season due to his refusal to adhere to New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, was suspended eight games without pay this season for promoting an anti-Semitic movie and has had multiple contentious contract negotiations. The last one was the final breaking point in the marriage.