The Mavericks spoke with star guard Luka Doncic before pulling off the game-changing trade for former Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
In exchange for Irving, the Mavs are sending guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Dorian Finney-Smith and a 2029 first-round pick and second-rounders to the Nets. Dallas is also receiving forward Markieff Morris as part of the deal.
You can check out our full story on the trade right here.
Clearly, Doncic was in favor of the Irving trade, which theoretically gives Dallas the most formidable scoring and ballhandling backcourt in the NBA.
Likewise, Irving was said to be ecstatic about the deal that will pair him with Doncic, per Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report.
The Mavs (28-26) currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, one season after advancing to the West finals — largely on the shoulders of Doncic.
Irving, 30, is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds, shooting 49 percent from the field and 37 percent on 3-pointers in 40 games. He was suspended briefly earlier this season for tweeting out a link to anti-Semitic material.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2011, Irving also requested a trade from the Cavaliers following the 2017 season.
Doncic, 23, is averaging 33.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 8.2 assists, shooting 50 percent from the field and 35 percent on threes, in 47 games. He is considered to be among the NBA MVP candidates.
The Mavericks consulted face of the franchise Luka Dončić before agreeing to trade for Kyrie Irving, league sources tell @TheSteinLine.
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— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 5, 2023
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