The Brooklyn Nets were one-half of the biggest trade so far this season, and it looks very likely that the team could be a part of another blockbuster deal before the 2023 NBA trade deadline.
On Monday, all signs pointed to this year’s trade deadline being devoid of major moves. However, on Friday, Kyrie Irving completely changed the landscape when he requested a trade from the Nets after the team was hesitant to offer him a max contract extension.
Despite several days to go before the NBA trade deadline, the Brooklyn Nets did not hesitate in shipping the mercurial star out of New York when they swung a blockbuster deal with the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The trade will see the Mavs send Brooklyn, former Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected first-round pick in 2029, and multiple second-round picks.
Following the deal, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported the team will use the picks they acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade, and a 2023 first-round selection from a deal with the 76ers last year, to improve the team for the stretch run and NBA playoffs this season.