Kyrie Irving (31), considered the best guard in the NBA, will leave the Brooklyn Nets and move to the Dallas Mavericks.
ESPN, an American sports media, reported on the trade between Brooklyn and Dallas on the 6th (Korean time). According to reports, Brooklyn will send Irving and Markif Morris (34) to Dallas and receive Spencer Dinwiddie (30) and Dorian 메이저놀이터Phinismith (30) and three rookie picks. Although no official announcement has been made by the two clubs yet, several local media besides ESPN announced the news of the trade.
The center of this trade is Irving. Irving, who was nominated by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, won the Rookie of the Year award by showing off his splendid dribbling and scoring ability from his debut season. In 2016, he lifted his first championship trophy alongside LeBron James with Cleveland.
Ahead of the 2017-2018 season, he moved to the Boston Celtics to get out of James’ shadow. He has since spent two seasons with Boston and has played for Brooklyn since 2019. He is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 40 games this season.
He has been selected as an All-Star a total of 8 times so far this season. Irving has developed into one of the best point guards in the league, but has caused a lot of controversy off the court. Last season, he only played in 29 games because he refused to be vaccinated against Corona 19. He was also suspended for anti-Semitism all season. This trade was also made two days ago when Irving asked the Brooklyn club to send him to another team.
With Irving joining, Dallas has the best backcourt duo in the league with Luka Doncic (24). It is a cross between ‘Attack Genius’ and ‘Luca Magic’. Doncic boasts powerful offense enough to achieve a triple-double by scoring 60 points alone in December of last year, recording 21 rebounds and 10 assists. He is averaging 33.4 points this season and is averaging 8.2 assists and 8.9 rebounds. Dallas, currently 6th in the Western Conference with 28 wins and 26 losses, is poised to shake up the league game with its best guards.