NBA execs wonder if Kyrie Irving acquisition may end up pushing Luka Doncic out of Dallas

NBA execs wonder if Kyrie Irving acquisition may end up pushing Luka Doncic out of Dallas

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NBA execs wonder if Kyrie Irving acquisition may end up pushing Luka Doncic out of Dallas

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However, the second, deeper possibility every front office will be whiteboarding, is what happens with Luka Dončić. Even before this trade happened, execs I talked to on my road trip this past week, who were given anonymity so they could speak freely, were openly wondering if adding Irving could create a last-straw type situation that ends up pushing Dončić to seek the exits … much as happened with James Harden in Brooklyn. We don’t have any information that Dončić is unhappy, but we know Dallas is desperate. We know that because the Mavs just told us. Nothing says, “Everything is fine here,” like trading for the league’s most radioactive player, an accomplished amity arsonist now presented with fresh tinder. A logical follow-up question would be to wonder why the Mavs are so desperate right now.
Source: John Hollinger @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Monday’s @lockedonlakers podcast! Kyrie gets traded to the Mavericks. What’s the Lakers’ next move (if any) before the trade deadline? Plus, LeBron seems to have the sads over this. @LockedOnNBAPods @LockedOnNetwork
Subscribe. Rate. Enjoy. Thx!…12:24 PM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
What is the sports gambling fallout from the #Nets trading Kyrie Irving to the #Mavs? Opportunity knocks in Dallas. Not so much in the BK:…12:20 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
DYK Mavs have a game tonight? In Utah, as they try to work around a very short roster until the expected return of Luka/arrival of Kyrie in LA on Wed. Christian Wood’s return is expected after missing last 8 games. @peasradio per at 7:30. Tip w/Brad & me at 8:10. @971TheFreak12:19 PM
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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post/Hoop Collective joint podcast: @Brian Windhorst I and break down the Kyrie trade that happened and the ones that didn’t; fit in Dallas; LeBron impact; KD impact; much more:
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Alan Hahn @alanhahn
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Gina Mizell @ginamizell
This week’s Inside Sixers leads off with the scene in NYC after the Kyrie trade (and a bad loss to the Knicks), and ends with…Whataburger?…12:01 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
On the latest edition of the H-Town Hoops Podcast @brandonkscott and I discussed how the Kyrie Irving trade impacts the Rockets, the likelihood of Eric Gordon getting moved before Thursday, and we assessed K.J. Martin’s value…11:51 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Who is Markieff Morris, the player in Mavs’ blockbuster trade not named Kyrie Irving?…11:33 AM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
The Phoenix Suns appear to be open for big trades with reports that they made a serious offer for Kyrie Irving.
Armed with all their own first-round picks and plenty of moveable salaries, their roster has a good chance to look very different by the end of this week. AM

Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
With Kyrie Irving off the board assuming he extends/re-signs with Dallas, the cap space path becomes even less fruitful for the Lakers.
The over the cap option would likely put them in the repeater tax next season, but gives them more avenues to strengthen the 2023-24 roster. AM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
It’s been 18 hours since the Kyrie trade and I’ve moved into “Kinda wish the Phoenix trade happened if that was true” // “CP3 + KD as teammates!” mode. – 11:00 AM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
On this episode of #thisleague UNCUT with @Marc Stein, we take you behind the scenes of the reporting process involving Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving: AM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
🌋“irving’s toughest matchup this season has been against the anti-defamation league”🌋
@Rob Mahoney and @Seerat Sohi are all you need to read about the most important ripple effects from yesterday’s kyrie trade:…10:48 AM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
Today’s @WhatsWrightShow is LIVE right now on YouTube… Talking all things Kyrie trade & taking your questions right now.…10:38 AM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
I took part in an Eastern Conference roundtable on the impact of the Kyrie trade:…10:27 AM
Michael Dugat @mdug
An odd take I see is: the media wants this to fail.
Voicing concerns and echoing the reasons so many wouldn’t have made a deal for Kyrie, noting the risks, and addressing how this could go poorly, which is on a lot of people’s minds, isn’t actively rooting against him – 10:21 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
From @KSherringtonDMN:
Mavericks’ Kyrie Irving trade sacrifices culture for NBA title shot. Will it be worth it?…10:17 AM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
It certainly is interesting that Dallas takes this Kyrie risk as part of a plan to mitigate Luka asking out when Durant asked out from Kyrie 7 months ago. A very high risk high reward play by the Mavericks – 10:15 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Report: Phoenix Suns offered Chris Paul, Jae Crowder, draft picks for Kyrie Irving #Suns #Nets… via @azcentral10:12 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Assessing the impact of the Kyrie Irving trade on the Celtics options and NBA trade landscape with three days left before the deadline…10:00 AM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
ICYMI, Kyrie Irving trade might light NBA deadline fire, but things quiet on Rockets’ front. Will it stay that way?… via @houstonchron – 9:59 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’ve been asked a lot about Dallas and what happens if Kyrie Irving walks this summer:
Mavs can very easily create about $24M in cap space. If they were to waive and stretch a player or two or three, or salary-dump them in a trade, Dallas can get to well-north of $30M in space. – 9:52 AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Nets are reportedly not done making moves after trading Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks Sunday.
My top 6 trade targets for Brooklyn as they attempt to rebuild a contending roster around Kevin Durant:…9:22 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
How Kyrie Irving landed in Dallas two days after asking out of Brooklyn … and why he wasn’t traded to Lakerland or Phoenix … ALL explained in the brand new pod episode of #thisleague UNCUT with @Chris Haynes out now:…9:19 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Everything to know about the Dallas Mavericks’ trade for Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving…9:14 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
NYC Mayor Eric Adams was asked in an interview w Spectrum News 1 this morning if he would’ve traded Kyrie Irving if Irving were a city hall employee. “I will find the team that beats us the most and then send him to that team because we would start beating that team,” Adams said. – 9:13 AM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
The @Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards appeared in his 200th NBA game last night.
Edwards, Luka Doncic, and Damian Lillard are the only players in NBA history to score at least 4,000 points with 500 3P made through the first 200 games of their career.
More:…9:01 AM
Tom Ziller @teamziller
Part of the bargain as a subscriber to Good Morning It’s Basketball is that you give me $5/month or $50/year and I never make you read more than one (1) paragraph about Kyrie Irving in the newsletter.
I am a man of my word:… (This one is unlocked) – 8:31 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston area: I’ll be on @985TheSportsHub with @Toucherandrich in about 5 minutes to talk the Kyrie Irving deal and the NBA trade deadline. – 8:14 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @TheBoxAndOne_ is here! We dive deep into the Kyrie Irving trade. Everything you need to know about his fit with Luka, with the Mavs, the Nets’ return, the effect around the league, more.
WATCH:…7:34 AM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
Kyrie’s defence really isn’t as bad as some of you seem to think it is. – 7:11 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Kyrie Irving: Thank you NetsWorld fans and supporters for the Love on and off the court…5:52 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Kyrie Irving getting traded from the Nets to the Mavericks shook the NBA world yesterday.
From current stars to former players, the basketball world reacted to the news 👇…3:26 AM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Marc Stein reports there’s no contract deal in place tween Kyrie & Mavs; they have remainder of season 2 decide whether it’s worth (& how much) continuing their shotgun arrangement. Like Cuban, I’m down with taking big plunge on chance of big playoff payoff v probable early exit – 2:56 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
New Dunc’d On Prime: This just in! Kyrie Irving Has Been Traded. Join me and @Danny Leroux
for our special sale and get @John Hollinger once a week and the writing of @SethPartnow and @DanFeldmanNBA as well AM

Kyrie Irving @KyrieIrving
Pouring Libations for all of the Ancestors and The Universe. Thank you for the Guidance and Assistance along the journey.
I honor you
and I love you. Blessings
🤞🏾♾ – 2:11 AM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
A 2-part BS Podcast!
Part 2: A Super Bowl Props extravaganza w/ @TheCousinSal —
Part 1: Kyrie Trade reactions + deadline predictions w/ @Ryen Russillo @HousefromDC —
Not covered: Marvin’s face getting shot off AM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
An interesting nugget from @Shams Charania’s piece breaking down the latest on Kyrie: The Lakers were given permission to speak with Irving last summer but didn’t follow up with his representation:…1:43 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Name a player who has had four better teammates than Kyrie Irving:
LeBron. KD. Harden. Luka. – 1:37 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Updating tonight’s NBA blockbuster trade coverage: As the Nets pursue additional deals before Thursday’s 3 PM ET trade buzzer, league sources say they have not ruled out potentially moving Spencer Dinwiddie elsewhere.
My full Kyrie Irving-to-Dallas story:…1:27 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
New @The Athletic: On the Lakers’ missed opportunity for Kyrie Irving, three of the sticking points with the Nets (including Austin Reaves and Max Christie), Utah and Toronto being linked to LA, the pressure to upgrade the roster and more:…12:59 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Updated: Kyrie Irving traded to #Mavericks to end wild #Nets saga. #nba… via @nypostsports12:05 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
LIVE in three minutes!
Talking Nuggets L, Bones DNP, Kyrie trade, and more:…11:56 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Will the Mavs gamble on Kyrie Irving pay off?
@YourManDevine looks at Irving’s fit in Dallas: PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Ready to welcome Kyrie to town. But I’m gonna miss this guy. A great Gator. A great Maverick. What a story @Dorian Finney-Smith has written for himself. Undrafted to a team essential PM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
i wrote about new dallas maverick kyrie irving…11:26 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Winners, Losers in Kyrie Irving trade to Dallas Mavericks…11:25 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Trying to make sense of the limited, unglamorous post-Kyrie options for the Lakers, whose hand might be forced by a number of difficult factors:…11:18 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
James Harden when asked about the Kyrie Irving trade, paused, and said “It’s a trade that happened.” #Sixers11:18 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Trying to make sense of the Lakers limited, unglamorous post-Kyrie options for the Lakers, whose hand might be forced by a number of difficult factors:…11:16 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
. @Tim Cato deftly explains why the Mavericks felt they had to make the Kyrie Irving trade.…11:15 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
New Locked on Bucks w/@Justin Garcia
🏀 How does the Kyrie trade impact the Bucks?
🏀 Is the Crowder deal dead?
🏀 Khris Middleton’s impact
🏀 Giannis on an MVP charge
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Tina Cervasio @TinaCervasio
#SportsXtra starts after 11 pm on @fox5ny due to NASCAR. We’ll have latest on #KyrieIrving trade, #Knicks BIG comeback win, @JenXperience w Doug Williams’ perspective on 2 black QBs in #SBLVII  & joining me in studio from @Riveters Captain @madison_packer_ & Prez @digitmurphy! PM

Tina Cervasio @TinaCervasio
#SportsXtra is starting after 11 pm on @fox5ny due to NASCAR. We’ll habe latest on #KyrieIrving trade, #Knicks BIG comeback win, @JenXperience w Doug Williams’ perspective on 2 black QBs in #SBLVII & joining me in studio from @Riveters Captain @MadisonPacker & Prez @digitmurphy! PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
The Hoop Collective without @Brian Windhorst reacts to the Kyrie Irving deal. @Nick Friedell and his big, dumb smile join @Tim Bontemps and me to discuss the Brooklyn-Dallas blockbuster. PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New Hoop Collective YouTube Exclusive! Myself, @Nick Friedell and @Tim MacMahon broke down today’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving trade, what it means for Brooklyn and Dallas now and moving forward, and much more. PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
From @Callie Caplan:
Dallas Mavericks aren’t done making moves after Kyrie Irving trade, source says…10:50 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Everything will be perfect in Dallas. He will play in every game. He will do whatever it takes to complement Luka. He will make it all about the team and never about himself. There will be… no more drama. PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Who can name a certain someone who played for Cleveland, Boston, Nets and Dallas before Kyrie becomes the second? – 10:33 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
When asked about the Kyrie trade, James Harden paused for a few seconds and then said: “It’s a trade that happened.”
Tobias Harris was also short when asked about how that trade could impact the East: “Nobody on the Sixers got traded today, so I don’t care about that.” – 10:31 PM
Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Mavericks, Mark Cuban gamble big with Kyrie Irving trade…10:19 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think what we’re learning from some of the other leaked Kyrie offers is that the Nets just really, really valued Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Personally I’m probably a bit lower on them (though they’re both good players!) – 10:13 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Mavs announce … Christian Wood has been upgraded to questionable for tomorrow night’s game in Utah, he’s been out the last 8 with a fractured left thumb. Luka will be out for a second straight game with a right heel contusion. – 10:10 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Mavericks have upgraded Christian Wood (left thumb fracture) to questionable for Monday night’s game at Utah but say Luka Dončić (right heel contusion) remains out as expected.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com10:07 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Despite missing out on Kyrie Irving, Lakers still optimistic they can upgrade roster before trade deadline. The three challenges. Is another star available? The Lakers don’t have many assets. Despite willing to trade picks or young players, they haven’t been willing to do both – 10:00 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Tonight’s Pickaxe and Roll live show will take place at 10pm MT for those interested.
I will be reacting to the Kyrie Irving trade and other trade deadline rumors.
Oh, and reacting to a basketball game too. – 9:54 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
James Harden not expansive on his former teammate Kyrie Irving’s being traded to Dallas:
“It’s a trade that happened.” – 9:48 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
From Shams’ latest, saying the Suns offered Chris Paul, Jae Crowder and a first-rounder for Kyrie Irving. Three firsts would’ve gotten the deal done PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Inside the arms race for Kyrie Irving among playoff contenders in Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and Clippers, and how Dallas won the battle to acquire the eight-time All-Star.
On @TheAthletic:…9:31 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Inside the arms race for Kyrie Irving among playoff contenders in Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and Clippers, and how the Dallas won the battle to acquire the eight-time All-Star.
On @TheAthletic:…9:31 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant’s future with #Nets now uncertain after Kyrie Irving trade… via @nypostsports9:28 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Podcast!
Part One: Dallas throws a Hail Mary and trades for Kyrie. Now what happens? Plus: all the trade deadline/big picture ramifications with me, @Ryen Russillo @HousefromDC
PS: Part 2 coming much later tonight w/ @TheCousinSal…9:23 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at Houston Chronicle — Kyrie Irving trade might light NBA deadline fire, but things look quiet on Rockets’ front PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Phoenix offered Chris Paul and Jae Crowder plus “unspecified picks” for Kyrie per @Chris Haynes.
I’d say Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith’s youth and team-friendly contracts was why the Nets preferred Dallas’ package.
Both are under contract next year with DFS locked in for 3 seasons – 9:15 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Five games in three cities in 72 hours plus two bonus Kyrie columns. Look for latest one in the very early AM.
Time to go home. PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
From @Brad Townsend: Kyrie Irving could turn Mavericks’ dream backcourt with Luka Doncic into a nightmare…9:02 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Clippers’ offer for Kyrie, according to @Kevin O’Connor.
Luke Kennard
Terance Mann
(Salary filler)
1 first-round pick
2 pick swaps
Nets clearly preferred Dallas’ package with two win-now pieces. I’d think Mann being on an expiring contract played into it as well. – 8:48 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Kyrie Irving trade might light NBA deadline fire, but things look quiet on Rockets’ front… via @houstonchron – 8:47 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think you have to be willing to take a major risk at some point if you ever hope to win a championship. You don’t win titles by accident.
The Kyrie trade could easily blow up in Dallas’ face. It also gives them a chance, if they do everything else right, to win it all. – 8:44 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Steph is out.
Kyrie gets traded to the West.
Does the East get the extra spot?
The West?
Do they just put Wemby in? – 8:43 PM
Chiney Ogwumike @chiney
After the Kyrie trade, this is where the Mavs instantly jumped in stats: PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Kyrie Irving could turn Mavericks’ dream backcourt with Luka Doncic into a nightmare…8:41 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
From @Marc Stein on Kyrie trade negotiations:
“The Nets also succeeded, as one source close to the process put it, in meeting one of the presumed objectives held by team owner Joe Tsai: sending Irving somewhere other than the Lakers — his preferred destination.” – 8:39 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Dallas Mavericks will have their hands full with Kyrie Irving. My column.… via @Newsday8:38 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Sucks to see so many Mavs fans instantly willing to remove all context to draw false equivalencies between Kyrie and others that have changed teams.
It’s fine if you’re happy with the deal, but denying what’s happened and why Kyrie is looked at differently isn’t fair or accurate – 8:36 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Published the podcast a bit early today given the news.
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @TheBoxAndOne_ joins and we dive deep into the Kyrie Irving trade. How does it impact Dallas? The Nets? The rest of the league?
WATCH:…8:35 PM
Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli
Nets Trading Kyrie Irving to Dallas Mavericks After His Request to Leave…8:31 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
An inside look at the Kyrie Irving-to-Dallas blockbuster trade and what it means for the Mavericks, Nets and Lakers … freshly dispatched to inboxes and @SubstackInc apps worldwide:…8:30 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Just filed my Kyrie Irving trade-reaction contribution and will share once it’s posted.
One thing we know for certain is it ain’t going to be boring around here for at least the rest of this season. – 8:17 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Kyrie Irving is gone, but the Nets just got better. Is better enough though? On what’s next for Brooklyn and the league-wide ripple effects of Sunday’s blockbuster trade:…8:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Following the Kyrie Irving trade, the championship odds changed drastically for the Mavs going from 33/1 to 10/1 – The Lakers, however, sit behind the Suns (22/1) at 25/1, via @betonline_ag PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
The timing of the Kyrie Irving trade was a bit of a surprise, but the chaos might just be starting as the trade deadline approaches:…8:01 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Who won the Kyrie Irving trade?
🏀 Kenny Anderson (@Kenny Anderson) gives his answer #NetsWorld #MFFL
@GeraldBlss | @Rick Mahorn PM

Michael Dugat @mdug
When we eventually trade Kyrie for Brunson we’ll all know the earth is a flat circle …
wait, no … time is a flat circle.
Time. – 7:56 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Kinda thinking about Fred VanVleet as a Mavs target with their remaining picks.
Their backcourt would be tiny and Luka would have to defend forwards, but he’s the only guy out there with a track record defending Curry, he’s a great shooter and having tertiary ball-handling helps – 7:54 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie slowly making his way closer to Area 51. PM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
Video thread of “Good and the Bad” from tonight’s Greensboro Swarm game focussing on Kai Jones and James Bouknight
The Good – Bouk driving into contact
Liked this rim attack, going straight into the defensive bigs, finishing while initiating the contact PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd and Kyrie Irving shared the same trainer, who brought Kyrie to JKidd’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Theo Pinson played with him for a year; Reggie Bullock for a game in high school.
All the connections Mavs hope will keep Kyrie stability:…7:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Kyrie Irving trade is huge for Irving himself, the Mavs, the Nets, Kevin Durant and really the entire NBA.
For @spotrac I broke down where the Mavs, Nets, Irving, Durant and everyone else goes from here:…7:20 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
i wrote about the kyrie trade, and still don’t understand what dallas is thinking:…7:19 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
New for ⁦@YahooSports⁩: First, James Harden escaped, then 360 days later Kyrie did what he does in all his movies. Now is it time to move the last name standing, Mr Durant?…7:16 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
I’m legitimately stunned the Lakers didn’t pull the trigger on Kyrie.
The window is now.
When you have LeBron — let alone Year 20 LeBron — the goal isn’t winning in 2027 or 2029.
It’s 2023, 2024 and maybe 2025.
Chances are Rob Pelinka won’t be there then anyways. – 7:08 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
From @KSherringtonDMN: The Mavericks’ Kyrie Irving trade sacrifices culture for NBA title shot. Will it be worth it?…7:05 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Kyrie Irving will join Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks.
@Sarah Kustok breaks it down with @GeraldBlss & @Rick Mahorn #NetsWorld PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Tonight’s story is up off the Kyrie Irving trade. A drama-filled four years comes to an end and in comes Spencer Dinwiddie, a reminder of the era that got the Nets here in the first place. Can the Nets pull a Boston and contend without Kyrie?:…6:59 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
The Mavericks and Rangers made have made the splashiest transactions in their sport. Kyrie and deGrom. How well they perform are likely to be the determinants as to how well their new teams do – 6:59 PM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Will Kyrie Irving make his Mavericks debut against the Jazz? PM

Bill Reiter @sportsreiter
For the Dallas Mavericks, the Kyrie Irving deal was a Catch-22: A you-had-to-do-it, good-luck-with-that opportunity. For @CBS NBA:…6:46 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Dallas Injury Report (as of 2/5):
Davis Bertans (left calf strain)
Spencer Dinwiddie (not with team)
Luka Doncic (right heel contusion)
Dorian Finney-Smith (not with team)
Maxi Kleber (right hamstring tear)
QUESTIONABLE – Christian Wood (left thumb fracture) – 6:46 PM
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
I don’t like this deal for the Mavs but I do love it for content. The Kyrie Irving and @Tim MacMahon interactions promise to be absolute legend – 6:45 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Shout out to everyone comparing Jalen Brunson & Kyrie Irving.
Brunson is the 2nd banana you want if you’re trying to win 55 games.
Irving is the 2nd banana you want if you’re trying to get to June.
I can’t believe I’m defending the most toxic superstar in NBA history but alas. – 6:36 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Grades for the Kyrie Irving trade: (ESPN+) – 6:25 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
The Brooklyn Nets trade Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks!
@Frank Isola joined @GeraldBlss & @Rick Mahorn to talk about this huge move for both teams. #NetsWorld PM

Who won the Kyrie Irving trade? 👀
Grades for the Mavs and Nets are up now on @ESPNPlus ➡️ PM

Tim Cato @tim_cato
me + @garooya + @mikelikessports talked about today’s trade, and i shared a few reported details that i’ve heard so far. you really ought to listen.

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Good for the Mavericks.
I wouldn’t bet on Kyrie. I’m surprised that’s the move.
But this is the move the Cavs never even attempted with LeBron the first time through.
You can’t just sit around and play it safe when you’ve got Luka Doncic.
Major questions. But good for them. – 6:11 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“It was a deal the Nets had to do”
@GeraldBlss and @Rick Mahorn break down the Kyrie trade to the Mavs #NetsWorld PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
To keep Luka happy and long term, Cuban was compelled to gamble big and import elite talent. Doing nothing would’ve been worse…in Luka’s mind…it says here. Until further notice, Kidd is accountable for making it work… – 5:51 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Did the Miami Heat miss out on Kyrie Irving, or is Kevin Durant the real prize?
We break down how the Kyrie deal impacts the Heat and other trade deadline priorities on today’s @LockedOnHeat PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
A lot of eyes will be on Kyrie in Dallas but a big focus also should be on Luka and if he can share the ball and spotlight with another ball-dominant player. A lot different than Dirk-Kidd pairing. Luka has to adjust. Kyrie could make it was for him. – 5:47 PM
Anil Gogna @AnilGognaNBA
The Dallas Mavericks will be able to create a max of $21M of cap space this offseason if Kyrie is not retained. – 5:45 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
5 things to know about Mavericks’ Kyrie Irving, from on-court dazzle to controversy…5:41 PM
Kyrie Irving trade grades: Mavericks earn high marks after landing All-Star point guard from Nets…5:39 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The week ahead for the Bulls: Mon vs.Spurs
Tuesday: At Memphis. ( Grizzlies host Tor. Sun.)
Thursday : At Brooklyn – w/o Irving traded to Dallas.
Saturday: At Cavs. Cavs play 10PM Eastern start at Nola. 9PM CT. Bulls at Cavs at 8PM Eastern.
Bulls very capable of going on a run – 5:38 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Kyrie Irving is Dallas-bound, but was never really on the radar for the Bulls, despite a report. Update on how serious Irving to the Bulls was, some Russ Westbrook chatter, and what’s next?
Read it:…5:33 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Column on the Kyrie deal on @njdotcom
The Nets finally unloaded a very talented headache in Kyrie Irving, but will always wonder, what if?…5:32 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
If the Sixers front office was on the fence about making a win now deadline push, the latest Steph Curry (the Warriors could wind up in the Play-In) injury update and Irving’s heading West might/should coax them towards more aggression. – 5:28 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Though Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are both ball dominant, Mavs have optimism they’ll co-exist well. Luka & Kyrie respect each other. They can both play together & have staggered minutes. Luka has more help. Kyrie played well with two other ball-dominant stars (LeBron, Durant). – 5:27 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
The Big 3 era of the Brooklyn Nets:
🔘 Played 8 regular season games together
🔘 One playoff series win
🔘 Harden traded last year
🔘 Kyrie traded today PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
NBA players react to Kyrie Irving to Mavericks trade news…5:21 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Breaking down the Kyrie Irving trade to Dallas.
Why it makes sense for the Mavericks even if Irving leaves.
The impact in Brooklyn and how the deal likely saves their season.
via @YouTube5:17 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
The Mavs are not done trying to make trades before the NBA’s Thursday deadline, per source familiar with their thinking just after the Kyrie Irving deal.
Sooo… what’s next?
On Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, value vs. limiting contracts, etc:…5:16 PM
Synergy Sports Tech @SynergySST
Kyrie Irving has shot an eFG% of 63% in one-one-one situations, 53% creating his own shot out pick and rolls, and 61% playing off the ball spotting up in the perimeter this season. – 5:13 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
In non- Kyrie news, the Grizzlies will be without 3 starters vs the Raptors tonight. No Ja Morant (wrist), Steven Adams (knee) or Dillon Brooks (suspension). Jaren Jackson Jr, who was questionable, will play. – 5:13 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets shipped out Kyrie Irving and his starpower, but they added size and defense, and might not be done yet. More:…5:11 PM
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Nets’ latest injury report, for Monday’s game vs LAC, lists Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris as “OUT – not with team.” – 5:05 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Kyrie Irving is going to be able to tell his children and grandchildren that he played with LeBron James, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Luka Doncic yet won just one championship.
Or, maybe he will leave that part out. – 5:04 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
An added bonus to all of this:
Woj says Kyrie has his physical Monday, then goes to Los Angeles to join the Mavs for a Wednesday game vs. the Clippers.
Which means he can be there Tuesday to watch LeBron try to pass Kareem. – 5:03 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
A couple of notes on Nets & Kyrie Irving, including members of BKN touching base with TOR on a deal during their negotiations with teams on Irving: PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
LIVE Garden Report: Kyrie Irving Traded to Mavericks | Powered by @betonline_ag, @HelloFresh & @AthleticGreens…5:01 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
I’m sure there are quite a few teams that are bummed to see Dorian Finney-Smith included in today’s Kyrie Irving trade. He’s a terrific 3-and-D glue guy and a number of teams were hoping to pry him away from Dallas. He’s a sneaky-good addition, like Royce O’Neale over the summer. – 5:00 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Okay, getting started now on the podcast. Talking Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks with @TheBoxAndOne_, diving deep into all of the ramifications of this deal.…5:00 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Maybe everything works out, Kyrie proves to be a new human having undergone significant personal growth and the Mavs win not one, not two, not three …
Hope so
Maybe then the deal looks amazing, a complete steal.
Hope so
Maybe I won’t get diarrhea from this Taco Bell – 4:57 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Kyrie and Luka is going to be wild. Things just got a whole lot more interesting. Favorites in the West. PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
In the end, the Nets chose peace of mind over championship contention. On the Kyrie Irving trade, assessing Brooklyn’s return in the deal, and what comes next — for ⁦⁦@NYDNSports⁩:…4:56 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Kyrie Irving is expected to arrive for a physical on Monday in Dallas and travel to make his Mavericks debut vs. the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday (10 PM ET, ESPN), source tells ESPN. – 4:56 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Kyrie Irving is headed to Dallas!
@GeraldBlss and @Rick Mahorn react to the breaking news #NetsWorld PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Following the trade for eight-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, the Dallas Mavericks have moved from +1900 to +1400 to win the NBA championship, per @FDSportsbook. – 4:48 PM
Anil Gogna @AnilGognaNBA
• DAL acquires K. Irving + M. Morris
• BKN acquires D. Finney-Smith + S. Dinwiddie + ’29 1st + ’27 2nd + ’29 2nd
BKN created 2 TPEs: $5M and $1.8M
Trade Bonuses: Kyrie 15%, DFS 5%
Dinwiddie has 2 incentives flip to unlikely. His new cap hit is $19.5M. – 4:43 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Nets fans logging on to Twitter to finally laugh at Kyrie like the rest of us PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers was asked about the Brooklyn-Dallas deal and he said he doesn’t have much thought other than Dallas is pairing one great player in Kyrie Irving with another great player in Luka Doncic and it’ll be interesting – 4:37 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I would like to extend a polite invitation for Luka to consider the Nuggets in future trade demands if Dallas continues to make him walk over broken glass at work. Just putting it out there. – 4:35 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Crazy when you think about the Nets point guard debacle during their 10 years in Brooklyn…
– Deron Williams
– Jeremy Lin
– D’Lo/Dinwiddie
– James Harden
– Kyrie Irving
– Ben Simmons – 4:34 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Game Theory Podcast is coming in like 25 minutes or so. We’ll talk live about Kyrie Irving to Dallas, one of the most fascinating midseason trades I’ve seen in history.…4:31 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Cuban: toxic point guards are my faves
Me: is that why you hired one to coach your team?
Cuban: I can never have enough
*Kyrie enters chat*
Kyrie: sup
Me: no way
Cuban: gotta catch em all
Me: but why
Cuban: can we hire Gilbert Arenas for the front office? Someone look into that – 4:31 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Thibs when asked about the Kyrie trade and how it could change the division and East: “I think that’s Nets question.” – 4:30 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
VIDEO: Kyrie is headed to Dallas @SInow…4:25 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant went to the Nets nearly 3-1/2 years ago.
They played 74 regular-season games together.
KD’s Achilles rehab year, Kyrie’s vax decision, injuries, leaves of absence, the suspension … 74 games together. Not even a full season. – 4:25 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Mavericks suddenly have the best backcourt duo in the NBA + Kyrie plays for childhood hero, Jason Kidd.
Another scenario that can pay off tremendously or become an off-season disaster if they don’t win the chip. – 4:23 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
To be clear, I understand how good Kyrie can be and how fun he can be to watch, but to pretend the rest of what comes w/ him just vanishes because it would be convenient isn’t reality.
I also understand some people don’t care about that.
Hope it works out as well as possible – 4:23 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Us if Kevin Durant doesn’t end up on the Suns and we won’t witness D-Book & KD vs Luka & Kyrie 🍿 PM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Kyrie Irving played 143 of a possible 278 regular season games during his Brooklyn Nets tenure. Barely half.
KD and Kyrie played together in 74 of a possible 206 games after KD returned from his Achilles injury.
KD-Kyrie-Harden played 10 games.
KD-Kyrie-Simmons played 24. – 4:19 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kyrie Irving had zero value over the summer. Brooklyn then had to suspend him early in the year.
He raised his value with an incredible 2-month stretch. Nets then played several desperate teams against each other to recoup assets.
I’d think they’re very happy with this outcome. – 4:19 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
Looking back… KD, Harden and Kyrie is the biggest let down in NBA history. It will be an @espn 30 for 30 short… – 4:19 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Does Kyrie now slide into Curry’s open All-Star West guard slot, and Silver add’s a player from the East? Honestly have to ask the league about that one. – 4:18 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
I would have been very surprised, based on what I was hearing in the last few days, if Kyrie ended up in Miami. The Heat will continue to see what they can do with some of their other contracts ahead of the deadline. A 1st-rd pick could be on the table, depending on the player. – 4:18 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG this season:
1Q — Luka
4Q — Kyrie PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
When Irving took the podium on Wednesday in Boston, who could’ve imagined it’d be his last presser ever with the #Nets. I kicked around a few questions in my head about hope for a simmering in tensions w/ Boston crowd. His comfort in Brooklyn 4 years in. But held off. Who knew… – 4:16 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Kyrie has had some really incredible quotes – but is his finest work!
“When I say I’m here with Kev, I think that it really entails us managing this franchise together alongside Joe, and Sean, and just our group of family members that we have in our organization,” Irving said – 4:15 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Keeping it to basketball, which isn’t really the full picture with Kyrie, my guess is there will be a honeymoon period this season, the on-court pain will most likely come during that guaranteed four years after – and if personal history is any indicator, it will come. – 4:15 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
So much for a quiet Sunday afternoon
Wonder what, if anything, Kyrie to Dallas does to other West teams looking to make moves and a certain East team with a lot of attractive assets that may be in play – 4:14 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
So glad we don’t have to debate whether the Heat should pursue Kyrie Irving for… another five months… – 4:14 PM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
i’ll say this: Luka/Kyrie is the best offense in the league, and it shouldn’t be close. the questions are about [waves broadly] everything else. – 4:13 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Protests I referred to with Kyrie were vaccine&contract; clarifying since some didn’t know. Onus will be on Heat to find good player who doesn’t quit on team over vaccine, doesn’t create drama, doesn’t support anti Semitic rhetoric for a week, doesn’t behave so unpredictably etc. – 4:10 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Boom or bust? Dallas’ three leading scorers are Doncic (33.4 points), Irving (27.1 points) and Wood (18.4 points), but the latter two are eligible to become free agents this summer. – 4:06 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Swing: big.
Fit next to Luka Doncic: Excellent.
Off the court: Questionable, at best.
Salad I ordered 5 mins before news broke: Uneaten.
Kyrie Irving is a Dallas Maverick:…3:58 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nobody will blame the Nets too much for this one because of Kyrie’s baggage. But in totality, still had three superstars ask to be traded in 12 months. Not easy to just explain that away. – 3:58 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Sam Presti when he trades 20 first-rounders for Luka in a year PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
There was speculation that Kyrie Irving would hold out if he was not traded.
A player who withholds services for 30 days or more is viewed as not finishing his contract.
If that same player is set to become a FA, he would not be entitled to sign with a new team in free agency – 3:55 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Kyrie Irving is said to be “ecstatic” about the trade to Dallas Mavericks and “looking forward” to joining forces with Luka Dončić, a league source tells @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. – 3:54 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Kyrie Irving is no Jalen Brunson… – 3:50 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Brooklyn Nets have reportedly traded Kyrie Irving to Mavericks, as Sixers title odds continue surging.…3:50 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Kyrie Irving’s final game in Brooklyn goes down as a DNP – not interested in playing. Fitting way to sum up that tenure. – 3:49 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
My sense is that the Houston Rockets won the Kyrie Irving trade.
The Nets are either going to trade Durant or trade their remaining assets to improve around Durant. Either way, their future doesn’t look great.
Mavs look great right now, but really volatile moving forward. – 3:48 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
It was just pointed out to me that by trading for a 2029 1st round pick, the Nets ostensibly got a 13 year old as part of their return for Irving – 3:48 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Describe the upcoming Luka Doncic – Kyrie Irving era with one word ⬇️ PM

Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
It’s fair to speculate that the best contract offer Kyrie gets for the next four years is the one that the Nets offered that insulted him and served as the catalyst for the trade demand. – 3:46 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on the Dallas Mavericks landing a trade for Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving: PM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Onto the next available point guard for the Clippers now that Kyrie Irving is headed to Dallas. – 3:45 PM
Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
I’m working on a Steph Curry breakdown as we speak but my head is still spinning from the Kyrie trade… – 3:45 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Kyrie and Shammgod during that first practice PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
I think this is pretty good business from Shetellia Riley Irving and Kyrie. The trade request worked, and he’s more likely to get paid now in Dallas since they traded for him. In Brooklyn, the history was (understandably) too sordid for them to commit to him long-term. – 3:43 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Luka was desperate for help and I guess this is what desperation brings you. Set the timer on when the next Kyrie “thing” blows up. – 3:43 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Nets reportedly trade Kyrie Irving to Mavericks for Dinwiddie, Finney-Smith, picks…3:42 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Irving deal won’t impact All-Star. Irving was voted an Eastern Conference starter, but because it’s no longer conference vs. conference, it won’t matter who he plays for when the teams are “drafted.” – 3:41 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Frazier/Monroe. West/Goodrich. More recently Harden/Paul. Guys who were all awesome as singular players who learned how to play great as duo. As long as Luka and Kyrie want it to work, it will work – 3:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Running quick math (I’ll confirm later), it doesn’t look like Kyrie Irving or Dorian Finney-Smith have to waive any part of their trade bonuses for this deal to go through. – 3:41 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Two huge questions remain for Nets in wake of Kyrie deal.
1. Is KD still committed to staying in Brooklyn without Kyrie?
2. What are the Nets going to do with Ben Simmons’ contract?
It is going to be very interesting to see whether KD shows up at the game tomorrow night. – 3:40 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
There was a real chance the Mavericks were never going to get another All-Star if they didn’t move on Kyrie.
They just didn’t have the assets to win a bidding war against the Knicks, Thunder, Rockets, Jazz, Pels or Grizzlies.
They had to do this here and now. This is their shot – 3:38 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Kyrie Irving extension talks are expected to be put off until this summer. He is eligible for a 2-year extension now and a 4-year deal in the summer.
If the Mavs-Kyrie union doesn’t continue, Dallas will have close to max salary cap space this summer. – 3:38 PM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
So you can all relax now. Kyrie headed to Dallas. Clippers turn to plan B. But for all we know, the Nets deal might have been Plan B and now they can go full steam ahead to Plan A! – 3:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
In just a little bit, @Trevor_Lane and I will be going live for a dual @FrontOfficeShow and @Lakers Nation show to discuss the Kyrie Irving trade and all of the fallout.
I’ll tweet the link when we are live! – 3:36 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
The combo of Doncic (33.4 points) and Irving (27.1) is averaging 60.5 points.
They supplant Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown (30.9 + 27.0 = 57.9) as the NBA’s top scoring duo, but the obvious difference is the Celtics stars have proved they can share the court and 🏀. – 3:36 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
The combo Doncic (33.4 points) and Irving (27.1) is averaging 60.5 points.
They supplant Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown (30.9 + 27.0 = 57.9) as the NBA’s top scoring duo, but the obvious difference is the Celtics stars have proved they can share the court and 🏀. – 3:35 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
A year ago the Nets had KD, Kyrie And James Harden
Two forced their way out via trades and a third asked to be traded and remains as the solo star PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Sean Marks got more than I expected for Kyrie but don’t think they got closer to a title and that’s a problem with a 34-year-old Kevin Durant. Another move is necessary. – 3:34 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
In December I wondered about Dallas making a Hail Mary trade for Kyrie with @Michael Pina and almost immediately died of bronchitis. PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Heat will see Kyrie and Mavs on Saturday April 1 at Miami Dade Arena unless he’s protesting, unhappy, injured or whatever else – 3:30 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Kyrie Irving’s trade to Dallas is a win-win situation. The Mavericks became title contenders, having one of the most gifted duos in their backcourt (Luka-Kyrie) and the Nets added a great defender (DFS) and another weapon offensively (Dinwiddie). #NBATwitter3:29 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
– Kyrie Irving traded to Dallas
– Luka’s Robin?
– Nets done making moves?
– End of an era
– What’s next for LeBron and the Lakers?
Trying to make sense of it all.
📺 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Kyrie Irving’s trade to Dallas is a win-win situation. The Mavericks have begun title contenders, having one of the most gifted duos in their backcourt (Luka-Kyrie) and the Nets added a great defender (DFS) and another weapon offensively (Dinwiddie). #NBATwitter3:29 PM
Austin Kent @AustinKent
Tired: Dallas acquires ball dominant superstar who paired with ball dominant Luka Doncic begs diminishing returns on one or both of them…
Wired: The prodigal son returns to Brooklyn…
🔗 : PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
My guy @Spencer Davies called this!
“The Dallas Mavericks desperately need to get Luka Doncic another ball-handler and/or a better shooter… Now, Kyrie Irving is a potential solution to Dallas’ biggest problem.”…3:28 PM
Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Christian Wood/Kyrie/Luka, a big three designed by a 13 year-old. Cuban never stops innovating. – 3:28 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Opponents are going to have their hands full guarding Luka and Kyrie in the Dallas backcourt – 3:28 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Mavericks consulted face of the franchise Luka Dončić before agreeing to trade for Kyrie Irving, league sources tell @Marc Stein.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com3:27 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Luka cuando caiga en cuenta que sus métricas de avanzada que lo acercaban al ganar el premio al JMV mermarán compartiendo balón y cancha con Kyrie…. PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
What a blockbuster 🤯
Dallas gets Kyrie Irving.
Brooklyn gets Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 unprotected first, two second-round picks.
Who won the trade? – 3:25 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Man, people really don’t understand how metro areas like Dallas and Houston are completely different politically from the rest of Texas.
I get that it’s time to let these Kyrie jokes fly, but it’s a little disheartening how everyone here is just lumped together like that. – 3:25 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Wait until Kyrie hears about some Texas politics. – 3:25 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
What franchise has benefited from being in the Kyrie Irving business since he hit that shot in 2016? Alienated himself from the defending champion Cavs & asked out, submarined a loaded roster in Boston & fled, ditched his buddy KD & leaves the Nets in shambles. Good luck, Mavs. – 3:24 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Kyrie y Luka cuando tengan que decidir quién arranca la última posesión con el balón en mano para intentar el último tiro…. PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Kyrie Irving ➡️ Dallas Mavericks. PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
How is this a win now for Dallas? How does this make Luka happy? And are they going to commit to Kyrie long term? Might as well start scouting Luka’s trade demand list of teams now – 3:23 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Love the deal for the Nets. Spencer is a bucket, DFS is a solid 3-and-D and you get a draft pick that might be promising if this Kyrie-Luka thing doesn’t work. – 3:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Sounds like from Woj’s last tweet, that the Mavs did this without the extension for Kyrie Irving and they’ll figure things out this summer. That’s sort of a risk, but Dallas did wipe away some long-term salary, just in case everything goes poorly and Kyie bounces. – 3:22 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
tfw Kyrie Irving and Christian Wood are your co-stars PM
Jimmy Spencer @JimmySpencer
Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks.
Your thoughts? – 3:22 PM
Bill Ingram @TheRocketGuy
Kyrie Irving for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks… When the #BrooklynNets got Kyrie my argument at the time was they were fine with Spencer. Guess they figured that out. #Mavs #NBA3:22 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Instant reaction to the blockbuster trade that has Kyrie Irving heading to the Dallas Mavericks…3:21 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Honestly, I never believed Kyrie Irving was the best fit for the Lakers on this trade market.
They already ranked 15th in half-court points per play, but they’re 21st in defense and dead last in made 3-pointers.
They need 3-AND-D players, not just one awesome isolation scorer. – 3:21 PM
Andre Drummond @AndreDrummond
Kyrie to Dallas 👀👀
Ladies and Gentleman welcome to the trade deadline 😮‍💨😮‍💨 – 3:20 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Even if Heat had wanted Irving, Dallas offer was better than anything Miami realistically could have dangled. Dinwiddie averaging 18 a game and 10 M cheaper than Lowry next year. – 3:20 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Doncic + Kyrie: Best backcourt since (blank). – 3:19 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Laker fans: “Kyrie Irving is a Laker!”
The Dallas Mavericks: PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
This move wreaks of desperation for the Mavs. Not sure if this helps the Nets current roster a ton but getting Finney-Smith and a 1st for Kyrie with his track record is really good work by Tsai and Marks. – 3:18 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Mavericks GM Nico Harrison has a long history with Irving going back to their Nike days together – and Jason Kidd wanted this trade. Dallas needed a second star for Luka Doncic and gets him with Irving. Mavs can see how it goes and decide on new deal in offseason. – 3:17 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Instead of re-signing Jalen Brunson (could have inked him to a four-year, $55 million deal 12 months ago), Dallas ends trading Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith and an unprotected first-round pick to Brooklyn for Kyrie Irving.
Big Yikes. PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Athletic reporting Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks, sources tell – 3:16 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
With the Kyrie option passing (for this season anyway), biggest question remaining for the Lakers is if they can handle the damage done to the locker room by flirting with Kyrie, or if this is the moment to find a deal for Russell Westbrook, as costly as it may be. – 3:16 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Kyrie Irving heding to Dallas to play alongside Luka Doncic…3:16 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
So are the Mavericks going to give Kyrie Irving the extension he wants? – 3:16 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Looks like this is it for Kyrie. ESPN reporting he is heading to Dallas. More to come…. – 3:16 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving is going to be fun.…3:15 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Poor Luka, DFS was his favorite teammate and now he had Kyrie… Pretty good deal for the Nets to stay competitive this year and get some future value – 3:15 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Mavs might not get to the Finals but, dammit, Kyrie is gonna uncover the truth behind the Kennedy assassination. – 3:14 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie Irving has now been on teams with
LeBron James
Kevin Durant
James Harden
Jayson Tatum
Luka Doncic PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
The Nets traded Kyrie Irving for Spencer Dinwiddie. A thematic ending of an era. – 3:13 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Luka Doncic is in year one of a 5 year/$215 mil deal.
But also… – 3:13 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
If he misses the turnoff, would Kyrie accidentally walk off the edge of the earth or somehow magically come back around to Dallas? – 3:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Full deal (so far at least):
BKN gets: Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, 2029 DAL 1st, 2027 DAL 2nd, 2029 DAL 2nd
DAL gets: Kyrie Irving, Markieff Morris – 3:12 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
From @Callie Caplan:
Mavericks land Kyrie Irving in trade with Brooklyn Nets, pair star with Luka Doncic…3:12 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Source confirms: Mavericks land Kyrie Irving in trade with Brooklyn Nets, pair star with Luka Doncic…3:11 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
The Nets trade Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for:
Spencer Dinwiddie
Dorian Finney-Smith
2029 first-round pick
Two 2nd-round picks
I don’t think the Nets are done yet. There’s further moves to be made using those picks. – 3:10 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Talking to people around the league the vibe is the Nets did very well in their return for Irving. Spender Dinwiddie reunites with Joe Harris and Nic Claxton. More to come. – 3:10 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Spencer Dinwiddie has now been the centerpiece of trades for Kristaps Porzingis and Kyrie Irving in the last calendar year. – 3:10 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Let Kyrie take Curry’s starting All-Star guard spot in the West and let Jaylen Brown take the open spot in the East – 3:10 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
A long awaited help for Luka Doncic arrived – Kyrie Irving is reportedly heading to the Mavericks 💣 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Here are my questions:
-That return is fine for now, but is that enough for KD to want to stay in Brooklyn?
-What is happening with Kyrie’s contract? Is he signing that extension or Mavs content to let it run to free agency?
-What follow-up deals come from this for BKN & DAL? – 3:09 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Not one of those things would I have given up alone for Kyrie, to give all three is beyond a parody of stupid. – 3:09 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
I don’t think the Nets could’ve done much better than that in a return for Kyrie.
They’re also no longer a contender at the top of the East. – 3:09 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Had a hunch from start of Kyrie Irving’s trade request that Dallas could be the spot. Big signature trade for Mavs President Nico Harrison after losing Jalen Brunson to the Knicks. Harrison has long old Nike ties to Kyrie. J-Kidd will be a great fit, too. Luka-Kyrie monster duo. PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Smart of the Nets to take a 2029 first-rounder from Dallas. Luka’s contract expires in 2027. They took a gamble on Kyrie eventually leading to Luka’s departure. – 3:09 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Absolutely hate this move.
Hopefully, we at least get a honeymoon Kyrie before everything goes to shit – 3:09 PM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
Kyrie in Dallas makes perfect sense.
I am not talking about basketball, necessarily. – 3:08 PM
Adonis Arms @adonis_arms_25
Kyrie to the Mavs 😵‍💫 – 3:08 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans will next face the Mavericks on March 8. We could presumably see Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson go up against Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. – 3:08 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Given that I wouldn’t want to mess with Irving at all at this point, great trade for the Nets. – 3:08 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
This trade is either going to make Luka Doncic a champion as a member of the Dallas Mavericks…
Or it is going to make Luka Doncic a champion as a member of some other team a few years from now.
There really isn’t any in-between. – 3:07 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Wrote this Friday, and now Dallas has swooped in to get Kyrie from Brooklyn PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nets and Mavs have a deal to send Kyrie Irving to Dallas, league source confirms. Lakers had offer earlier in week that included Russell Westbrook and a first round pick for Irving. The Athletic first reported Irving to Dallas. – 3:06 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I like the return for the Nets, even if it isn’t a massive haul. Dinwiddie and DFS can both play. And a first that is well down the road (maybe post-Luka in Dallas?) isn’t bad.
Brooklyn was never getting a huge return. They had very little leverage. – 3:06 PM
Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
Did the Mavericks’ background file on Kyrie end in 2016 – 3:06 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls faced the Nets the day they replaced Steve Nash with Jacque Vaughn and now will face the new-look Nets 4 days after they trade Kyrie Irving. – 3:06 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
The Irving deal, while not representing equal value, sends a package back to Brooklyn that gives them a chance to compete with a healthy Durant. And officially ends Irving’s disastrous run in Brooklyn. – 3:06 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Def like this trade for Brooklyn.
Dinwiddie has thrived in BK and is healthy. Only a partial guarantee on his salary for next year. DFS is an underrated, winning role player. And picks on top.
Most importantly, they get rid of a toxic headache in Kyrie. Addition by subtraction. – 3:06 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Imagine being a Lakers fan and desperately pining away for Kyrie Irving lol – 3:05 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Pretty fantastic deal for the Nets. Glad the Suns didn’t use tangible assets on a guy who’s unreliable in multiple senses. Luka and Kyrie together could be fun – 3:04 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Brooklyn made out really well in the Kyrie deal – 3:04 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
That’s a nice haul for Brooklyn, all things considered. And not the pay I would have made to try to keep Luka happy long-term. – 3:03 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Wow that’s insane
Kyrie and Luka
Hey @Kevin Durant PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Luka and Kyrie omg hide the kids viewer discretion is advised – 3:03 PM
Alexis Morgan @alexismorgan
Luka and Kyrie. Interesting. – 3:03 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks, source tells ESPN. – 3:02 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Broolyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. – 3:02 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
BREAKING: The Brooklyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 3:01 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Since joining the Nets, Kyrie Irving has found different and innovative ways to not play basketball. It’s quite impressive.! – 2:42 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
A history lesson on when Kyrie Irving wanted to be a Bull, but also why that’s not in the cards as of Sunday, as the trade deadline looms.
And some Russell Westbrook talk …
Just read it:…2:33 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Lots of goodies in our latest NBA intel from @Michael Scotto 👀
Breaks down the chances of the Mavs, Suns, Heat and Lakers trading for Kyrie Irving, plus Knicks and Jazz trade talks ✍🏼…2:31 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Regardless of what picks/players are sent out, the Lakers would be fools to agree on anything where giving Kyrie a four-year extension is part of the calculus. Make the deal if you want, but you’re better off with him walking this summer than on the hook through 2027. AK – 1:52 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Latest #Nets thoughts…
Russ, Lakers trade makes little-no sense without a 3rd team.
I don’t see a Dallas deal either.
Clippers make some sense if you’re keeping Durant. Mann, Morris, Covington, others can help
But best move…trade KD, Irving together:…1:52 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Regardless of what picks/players are sent out, the Lakers would be fools to agree on anything where giving Kyrie a four-year extension is part of the calculus. Make the deal if you want, but you’re better with him walking this offseason than on the hook through 2027. AK – 1:51 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
From @Sam Amick:
The Lakers would trade their two 1st-round picks, as well as Austin Reaves and Max Christie, if Kyrie is willing to sign a two-year extension.
If Kyrie is set on a 4-year max deal after this year, LA considers him a rental and would offer “significantly less”. – 1:47 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Not sure if it’s arrogance or just a lack of awareness, but one concern I have with the Mavs FO, only compounded by the Kyrie trade demand, is their apparent inability to realize when they are out of the running for a primary target and pivot to the other possibly good deals. – 1:20 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
PJ Carlesimo on the Kyrie situation
‘I’ll tell you what, I don’t envy Sean Marks or Jacque Vaughn’ PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
How did Kyrie Irving’s Nets teammates find out about his franchise-altering trade request?
“Twitter, group chats, same as everyone else.”
Full story on the scenes inside Brooklyn’s locker room Saturday:…12:44 PM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
This should be some week. Clippers almost certainly will make a move or two. I keep remembering that Coach Lue won an NBA title in Cleveland with Irving and that George won Olympic Gold with Kyrie. Their opinions will be vital inputs. – 12:44 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Kyrie Irving: I am beyond these earthly trappings.
Also Kyrie: Four-year max or GTFO – 12:32 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Nets reportedly going to sit Kyrie Irving until he is traded…12:15 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
On the Lakers’ pursuit of Kyrie Irving, the inevitable pressure that comes with employing LeBron James, and my view of where this sensitive situation stands, at @TheAthletic…12:10 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
The Athletic reports Clippers made “strong offer” for Kyrie. Clippers previously only team publicly linked to Lowry. In terms of having contracts to do something significant,
it’s unfortunate for Heat that Lowry&Duncan are out for undetermined lengths with Thurs. trade deadline – 12:06 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Lakers get:
– Kyrie + Dragic
Nets get:
– LaVine + Jones Jr. + Bradley
Bulls get:
– Westbrook + 2027 & 2029 LAL picks
Lakers have no leverage and are desperate. Plus proven backup. Nets get proven 2nd banana plus some depth. If they want DDR instead, ok. Bulls get the picks. – 12:04 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving could sit rest of season if #Nets don’t trade him… via @nypostsports12:02 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
New story on @Jorge Sierra: If no Kyrie Irving trade materializes by Thursday’s trade deadline, I detail some of the reasons why that may be.…11:20 AM
LJ Ellis @spurstalkdotcom
Sources tell SpursTalk that the San Antonio Spurs have fielded a lot of calls since Kyrie Irving demanded a trade. Here’s how the Spurs may be involved:…11:01 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving has not decided yet whether he will suit up for the #Nets again and play or sit out the rest of the season if not moved by Thursday’s trade deadline, according to a source familiar with the situation. But it is a nuclear option they say is being discussed. #NBA10:51 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
🆕 @TheAthletic
Why the hell would the Clippers even consider breaking up their depth and risking their chemistry for Kyrie Irving, a player who is consistently unavailable?
Because the door was never quite closed between Tyronn Lue and Kyrie Irving.…10:47 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Best record in 40-point games this season (minimum five 40-point games):
.857 — Jayson Tatum
.800 — Donovan Mitchell
.778 — Joel Embiid
.727 — Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo
.600 — LeBron James, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard AM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
So Kyrie Irving’s last game in a Nets uniform was a 43-point loss in Boston. – 10:27 AM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
“Everyone was surprised, but that’s not my business. That’s still my brother at the end of the day. He’s one of the few guys who I really consider a brother in basketball. Just a big brother who I can look up to and ask anything to.” AM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Every team pursuing Kyrie Irving.…10:16 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
The ⁦@latimessports⁩ has more road coverage of #lakers with: Russell Westbrook isn’t flinching in the face of Kyrie Irving trade rumors…10:14 AM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Feels like the Nets have a decent chance of unloading Ben Simmons in a Kyrie trade if they can get the Lakers and Clippers to bid against each other.
I can think of one really good example where one LA team overpaid in a trade out of concern over what the other LA team might do. – 10:13 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
My dude ⁦@Dan Woike⁩ has this in ⁦@latimessports⁩ on: LeBron James closes in on scoring record, but is Kyrie Irving still in the picture?…10:08 AM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Brooklyn Nets intend to keep Kyrie Irving sidelined until a trade is finalized ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. – 10:08 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Should Phoenix Suns look into trading for talented, polarizing Kyrie Irving? Nets #NBAAllStar requesting a trade before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. #Suns #Nets… via @azcentral8:52 AM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Kyrie Irving’s trade request offers a number of speculative wagering opportunities:…7:38 AM

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Irving is a free agent after the season, but the Mavs are unlikely to be facing a bidding war. A two-year extension would probably be all that’s required to keep him. In turn, the Mavs’ best move may be to hold their nose and live with Irving for two years because it just isn’t plausible for them to do anything any better with the contracts and draft pick limitations they have right now. -via The Athletic / February 6, 2023
Nets Daily: In addition to getting three picks in the Kyrie Irving trade, Nets also got a $5 million trade exception which they can use as soon as the trade is approved, probably today. (Nets also have $2.5 million exception and two valued at around $1.7 million.) -via Twitter @NetsDaily / February 6, 2023
Kyrie Irving: Thank you NetsWorld fans and supporters for the Love on and off the court. I will forever be grateful I got to live out my dream I had as a Kid with y’all. It will always be Love from me and my family. ????? -via Twitter @KyrieIrving / February 6, 2023
The front office is not finished exploring trade options to further reshape and upgrade the roster around 23-year-old franchise cornerstone Luka Doncic, a person familiar with the Mavericks’ thinking said less than an hour after the Irving trade. -via Dallas Morning News / February 5, 2023

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