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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Why The Brooklyn Nets Lost The Kyrie-Mavericks Trade

Updated: May 18, 2023

Kyrie Irving was traded to the Dallas Mavericks just several days before the NBA trade deadline, and with that an era is over.

Kyrie once was part of the big three in Brooklyn just a year ago with James Harden and Kevin Durant. Now only Durant is left, but may not be in Brooklyn for long as it has been reported that a trade has been requested. Irving and Durant came over and expected to do big things, they would only play in 74 games together throughout three seasons.

The Nets traded Irving to the Mavericks on February 5th, receiving Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029 in exchange for Irving and Markieff Morris, according to sources.

This trade will boost the Mavericks roster immediately as the team is finally rebounding after the loss of Jalen Brunson. This also gives the team the opportunity to build around star player Luka Doncic.

The Nets look almost unrecognizable from where they were a year ago. The team looks to be at the beginning of a mini rebuilding period, the acquisition of Dinwiddie and multiple draft picks will help the team over time. It is just a matter of what will happen to Kevin Durant, as losing him would most likely put the Nets out of a deep playoff run.

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