Kyrie Irving deal now official for the Dallas Mavericks
DALLAS - Superstar point guard Kyrie Irving arrived in Dallas on Monday to do a physical with the Mavericks following a massive trade that is sure to shake up the NBA season.
Mark Cuban's private plane carrying Irving landed at Dallas Love Field on Monday afternoon.
On Sunday, it was announced that Irving would be sent from the Nets to the Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and multiple seconds.
Early Monday morning, Kyrie tweeted the Mavs with a crossed fingers emoji and an infinity sign.
By Monday afternoon, the deal became official. The Mavericks also received forward Markieff Morris.
Irving was averaging 25 points a game this season for the Brooklyn Nets. But he's missed several games over the past two seasons.
He could not play in home games in New York last year because he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine and he was suspended earlier this season for promoting a movie with anti-semitic themes.
The Mavs said the trade is all about what happens on the court. The team hopes Irving will put them in a position to win a championship.
"It gives us another weapon to put alongside Luka. It's exciting. We have to be excited about this opportunity. It's easy to look at all of the talk of the negative but let's look at the positive and what he's done on and off the court and that's the way we are approaching it," Coach Jason Kidd said.
Irving will wear #2 for the Mavericks, leaving behind the #11 jersey he wore for the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. Irving last wore #2 during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He is expected to join the team in Los Angeles on Tuesday and should play against the Clippers Wednesday night.
Star player Luka Doncic could be out with an injury for Irving's Mavericks debut.