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Nets reportedly chose Mavericks over 1 other team with Kyrie Irving trade

Feb 1, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James will not be reuniting this season, but the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly tried to make it happen.

The Brooklyn Nets on Sunday traded Irving to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and draft picks. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets had detailed talks with the Lakers about a potential Irving trade. Brooklyn ultimately preferred the package the Mavs offered.

The Mavericks gave up a 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks in the Irving deal. L.A. probably would have been willing to do the same, but the Nets were able to bring back Dinwiddie and add a solid wing player in Finney-Smith. That was likely the difference.

For what it’s worth, Irving is said to be thrilled with where he ended up.

It seems obvious that LeBron wanted the Lakers to get Irving, even with the tense history between the two players. James was accused by one former Laker of tampering with the way LeBron reacted to Irving’s trade request.

L.A. will have to explore other ways to improve ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

Report: NBA investigated scary postgame incident involving Ja Morant

Jan 26, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA investigated a frightening postgame incident involving a conflict that members of Ja Morant’s entourage had with members of the Indiana Pacers following a Jan. 29 game in Memphis.

Morant’s associates aggressively confronted members of the Pacers’ traveling party following the game and had a red laser trained on them from an SUV Morant was traveling in, according to Bob Kravitz and Sam Amick of The Athletic. Members of the traveling party said they did not know who pointed the laser or whether it was attached to a gun, but they were left believing it was.

“We felt we were in grave danger,” one member of the Pacers’ group anonymously told The Athletic.

The NBA looked into the incident and said it could not determine whether or not anyone was threatened with a weapon. The league did add that some individuals involved had been banned from games at FedExForum in Memphis.

During the Jan. 29 game, Pacers and Grizzlies players were involved in on-court verbal sparring. At one point, Davonte Pack, a longtime friend of Morant’s, became involved as well.

After the game, Pack and several other associates allegedly began threatening members of the Pacers, and arena security had to become involved. Morant and Pack eventually left in a van, at which point a laser was observed being pointed at Pacers players and coaches from that van.

Morant is known for traveling often with an entourage that also includes his father Tee. They have been involved in some strange sideline altercations in the past as well, but nothing like what is claimed here.

Spencer Dinwiddie goes viral for funny tweet about being traded for Kyrie Irving

Feb 8, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) warms up against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving is the obvious star of the NBA news cycle right now, but Spencer Dinwiddie is proving to be a worthy supporting act.

The Brooklyn Nets guard Irving was officially traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday in a blockbuster deal. Dinwiddie and multiple other assets will be headed back to Brooklyn as part of the trade.

The veteran guard Dinwiddie went viral for his hilarious tweet about the trade, which was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

“When @ShamsCharania says it’s time to go you pack your bags,” he wrote, minutes after the news broke. “Plus Elijah said he wanted to go back home.”

Elijah is Dinwiddie’s four-year-old son whom he shares with his girlfriend Arielle Roberson, a former college basketball player. The trade will indeed mark a homecoming for Dinwiddie, who was already with the Nets for five seasons from 2016 to 2021.

No one knows at this point how Irving will fit in with Luka Doncic and the rest of the Mavericks. But Dinwiddie should fit like a glove on the Nets, especially since his first stint with them was pretty successful.

Report reveals Mavericks’ stance on Kyrie Irving contract extension

Jan 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) stands for the anthem before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks made a big move to acquire Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, but it remains to be seen how permanent the arrangement will be.

Irving’s contract expires at the end of the season. The Mavericks could sign him to a two-year contract now, but according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the organization is set to wait until the summer to discuss any possible extension.

The Mavericks are in no rush to get something done. They would have a huge amount of cap space this summer if Irving walks, and they may as well see if the partnership with Luka Doncic works before they rush into anything.

Dallas acquired Irving from the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday for a fairly significant package of assets. That would be a steep price to pay for a rental, but that is a risk the Mavericks are comfortable taking.

Report: 1 top team now eyeing Kevin Durant after Kyrie Irving trade

May 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before game against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

The dominoes may officially be starting to fall in Brooklyn.

Word broke on Sunday that Nets guard Kyrie Irving had been traded to a West contender in a blockbuster deal. The move formally ends the Irving-Kevin Durant partnership after four years and just one playoff series win.

In the wake of the Irving news, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Phoenix Suns are now prepared to pursue Durant should he become available as well.

The 34-year-old Durant is now facing an uncertain future in Brooklyn with no other All-Stars (besides All-Star-in-name-only Ben Simmons) left on the roster. While he is still making max money through 2026, Durant requested a trade from the Nets last summer (before eventually revoking it). The Suns were heavily linked to the former MVP at the time of his trade request.

After their Finals berth in 2021 and their 64-win season in 2021-22, the Suns have had a rougher go of things this year. But they are still currently fifth in the West at 29-26 and will have star player Devin Booker returning from a lengthy injury absence soon. They also have an aggressive new owner in Mat Ishbia as well as a head coach in Monty Williams who once coached Durant as an assistant in Oklahoma City.

On top of that, there is some evidence to suggest that Durant would be really interested in playing with Booker specifically.

Warriors offer troubling Steph Curry injury update

Mar 5, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry left Saturday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks after he suffered a left leg injury, and it sounds like he could be sidelined for a significant period of time.

The Warriors on Sunday announced that Curry has partial tears to some ligaments in his leg in addition to a contusion. He will not play in Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State says there will be more clarity on a recovery timeline at some point after that.

Curry got hurt with 2:01 left in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 119-113 loss when he bumped legs with Dallas guard McKinley Wright IV. He hobbled to the bench and did not return to the contest after that.

One report said Curry is expected to be sidelined multiple weeks with the injury.

Curry is averaging 29.4 points, 6.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game this season. Injuries have been a big issue for him in recent years, but at least he will be able to begin his recovery during the All-Star break.

The Warriors fell to 27-26 with their loss to the Mavericks. They were in seventh place in the Western Conference entering Sunday.

Report reveals Jets’ stance on Zach Wilson trade

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws during warmups before an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

The New York Jets have made it clear they intend to find a veteran starter for 2023, leaving Zach Wilson’s long-term status with the organization unclear. However, if anyone wants to trade for him, they are going to find themselves disappointed.

The Jets have no plans to trade Wilson this offseason, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Instead, the team is hopeful that Wilson can develop by spending at least a year on the bench behind a veteran.

Wilson has had the response you would want to his inevitable benching. The Jets have been adamant that he is still a part of their future plans, and this would seem to reinforce that.

As for who Wilson will be backing up, the Jets appear to be eyeing an ambitious target depending on his availability.

Nets trade Kyrie Irving to Western Conference contender

Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving on Friday informed the Brooklyn Nets that he wanted to be traded, and the team has already granted his wish.

Irving has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported. The Nets will get Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks in the deal.

Irving was linked to the Mavericks almost immediately after he requested a trade. One report said Mavs head coach Jason Kidd was in favor of the team acquiring Irving.

Dallas entered Sunday with a 28-26 record, which was sixth-best in the Western Conference. They had been looking for a second star to pair with Luka Doncic, who may have put some pressure on the front office to make a move.

There was at least one other Western Conference contender that showed some interest in Irving.

Irving has had a good season thus far. He is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is in the final year of his contract and was seeking an extension from the Nets before he told them he wanted out of Brooklyn.

Report: Lamar Jackson and Ravens have huge gap in contract talks

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Another report suggests that Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are not on the same page when it comes to contract talks.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Sunday that Jackson and the Ravens may be as much as $100 million apart in talks about a new contract. That gap has led to the Ravens fielding trade calls for Jackson, but there is little chance the Ravens will entertain them at this point.

This would seem to further indicate that the likely outcome of this negotiation is that Jackson winds up getting the franchise tag from Baltimore. Even that could prove to be difficult for the two sides, as Jackson and the Ravens could wind up at odds over which tag is used on him.

Jackson is said to be looking for a contract similar to the fully guaranteed $230 million Deshaun Watson got from the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens have been unwilling to go anywhere close to that, and that stalemate does not appear to be close to ending anytime soon.

Report reveals likely Steph Curry injury timeline

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry is likely to miss extended time with the left leg injury he suffered Saturday against Dallas.

Multiple reports suggested that Curry will miss several weeks with the injury. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Curry will be sidelined at least through the All-Star break, which means he is out for at least two weeks.

Curry got hurt with 2:01 left in the third quarter of Saturday night’s game when he bumped legs with Dallas guard McKinley Wright IV. He hobbled to the bench and did not return to the contest after that.

Injuries have been a big issue for Curry throughout much of the season, and this is not the first time his left leg has been an issue for him. He has already missed 15 games this season, and that tally is poised to increase now.