February 3, 2023 | 7:41 pm EST Update
Danny Cunningham: #Cavs guard Donovan Mitchell was fined $20,000 for his role in the on-court altercation involving Memphis’ Dillon Brooks last night, the NBA announced. Brooks has been suspended one game.
Would the Dallas Mavericks take Irving? “Yes,” high-ranking officials with knowledge of the Mavericks’ plans said in texts to Yahoo Sports multiple times Friday afternoon. They also want Bojan Bogdanovic from Detroit and Bogdan Bogdanovic from Atlanta — they’re desperate and determined to get help for Luka Doncic before he passes out from exhaustion in carrying that franchise.
The Mavericks, sources say, have indeed contemplated the prospect of an Irving trade since last summer, when Irving was rebuffed in his first attempt to secure a long-term deal with the Nets. All indications are that the Mavericks have confidence in Kidd’s coaching ability to connect with Irving and Luka Dončić’s adaptability to play alongside another ball-dominant guard for the rest of the season … but there is no evidence yet to suggest that Dallas is prepared to enter into a long-term relationship with Irving.
Irving was seeking a new agreement with Brooklyn in the days prior to requesting a trade, sources said. Dating back to last summer, however, the Nets preferred short-term deals with Irving, sources said, that feature criteria for guaranteed salary. And there is healthy skepticism that more than a few teams around the NBA would have the appetite to offer Irving the lengthy contract he desires without any additional stipulations.
The Nets’ priorities, league sources say, will determine if an Irving trade actually materializes between now and Thursday to liven up what many front-office executives have billed as a frustrating trade season thus far, thanks to the scarcity of clear-cut sellers and equally few certifiable difference-making players available in the marketplace.