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The Nets trade Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks, reports say

Kyrie Irving is reportedly leaving the Brooklyn Nets after four season with the team.
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Kyrie Irving is reportedly leaving the Brooklyn Nets after four season with the team.

The Brooklyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple media outlets, including The Associated Press, ESPN and The New York Times.

The decision, which came on Sunday, occurred two days after the All-Star guard reportedly made a trade request.

It marks the end of a tense relationship between the Nets and the 30-year-old basketball player, which spanned four seasons. In his first season, he missed dozens of games due to a shoulder injury.

Irving endured several high-profile battle with the Nets, including missing dozens of games over his refusal to meet New York City's vaccine mandate for athletes. The city later expanded exemptions to its vaccine mandate.

Irving also missed out on games after he was suspended for sharing a link to an antisemitic film on social media.

Irving's social media post also led Nike to terminate its contract with the basketball player, including shelving the release of the Kyrie 8 signature shoe.

The Mavericks declined to confirm the news with NPR. However, The Athletic reported that the Nets traded Irving in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith as well as "an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and multiple future second-round picks."

Despite only playing in fewer than 150 games with the Nets, Irving still averages 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season, according to ESPN.

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Giulia Heyward
Giulia Heyward is a weekend reporter for Digital News, based out of New York. She previously covered education and other national news as a reporting fellow at The New York Times and as the national education reporter at Capital B News. She interned for POLITICO, where she covered criminal justice reform in Florida, and CNN, as a writer for the trends & culture team. Her work has also been published in The Atlantic, HuffPost and The New Republic.
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