Nets Trade Kyrie Irving to Mavs

by Keith Lott

Ahead of Thursday's 2023 NBA Trade Deadline, the Brooklyn Nets have traded point guard Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks. Irving will share the Mavs backcourt with Luka Doncic!

Both players are top 20 in the NBA in usage, so it will be interesting to see how they share the responsibility of running the offense.

We have seen Kyrie Irving do so just about his entire career with LeBron James, James Harden, Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant. Luka Doncic has yet to play alongside another premier ball handler.

Dallas will send Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith to Brooklyn, along with a future first-round and some second-round picks.

Brooklyn welcomes back Dinwiddie who they just traded in the Summer of 2021 to the Washington Wizards as part of the Russell Westbrook-Lakers trade. Last year at the deadline, the Wizards flipped Dinwiddie for Kristaps Porzingis.

Kyrie is eligible for a two-year $80 mil extension if he chooses not to test free agency this summer. Dinwiddie has one more year left on his deal and Finney-Smith is under contract through the '25-'26 season.

Nets Trade Kyrie Irving to Mavs

Despite all the drama surrounding Kyrie and Durant in recent years and the number of games missed by both players this season, Brooklyn is 32-20 on the year. Dallas is just two games above .500 at 28-26.

Over their last 15 games, Brooklyn has relied on heavy minutes from Nic Claxton and Royce O'Neale with the likes of Durant, Simmons, Seth Curry and Joe Harris being banged up. Durant (knee) should be able to return around the NBA All-Star break.

It will be interesting to watch the rest of Brooklyn's season play out, especially in the few games leading up to the All-Star game and the return of Durant. It seems like players are not healthy long enough on this team to ride the hot hand, making most of these guys just streaming options.

Spencer Dinwiddie should maintain his value for the rest of the season with a slight bump between now and the All-Star break.

Dinwiddie was the Mavericks leader in minutes played over their last 15 games, along with Reggie Bullock and Tim Hardaway Jr.

I am not sure the other guys on the Mavericks depth chart will really see a change in Fantasy Basketball value for the rest of the season. Even with two of the best playmakers in the NBA leading this offense, both players should continue to lead the team in just about every category, as things were with Dinwiddie around. With that beings said, it's probably a good time to buy Christian Wood who has missed nine of Dallas' last 11 games with a thumb injury.

Josh Green is an interesting player to keep on your watch list.


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