NBA Brooklyn Nets ace Kyrie Irving (31) transfers to the Dallas Mavericks.
US local media such as ESPN, SI, CBS Sports, and The Athletic said on the 6th (Korean time) that ‘Kyrie Irving will be traded to Dallas. Brooklyn reported that a trade was made for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finley Smith, and three draft picks.
No official announcement has been made yet. However, local media are making it a fait accompli.
Irving made his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 1st overall pick in the 2011 draft. After LeBron James moved teams, he also won a championship ring with Cleveland in 2016. He has since played for the Brooklyn Nets since 2019 via the Boston Celtics.
There is no doubt about his skills, such as being selected as an All-Star 8 times as a former Rookie of the Year. He is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 40 games this season.
However, there were so many negative issues off the court. He refused to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus infection last season and only played in 29 games. He was even suspended for spurring anti-Semitism controversy all season. In addition, he asked for an open trade before this season, and this time, when the club rejected the multi-year contract, he asked for an open trade again.
With Irving’s addition, Dallas quickly emerged as a championship contender. It is expected to form a strong backcourt with Luka Doncic. For Dallas, Doncic played a big role in MVP mode this season. But the dependence is too severe. Strong 2 options were needed. Irving is right. He’s 2 percent short of a team ace, but is rated as the league’s best second option.
On the other hand, Brooklyn, which formed the all-time top offensive talent trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving ahead of the 2020-2021 season, traded Harden to Philadelphia last season, and even Irving left the team. 안전놀이터
Now, only Durant remains, and love calls are coming from the Phoenix Suns and others. However, local media did not give high marks to this trade.
This is because Brooklyn is inevitably underpowered, and in the case of Dallas, it bought the present and future of unstable Irving by using future assets.