Nate’s marriage to Kyrie Irving is over.
They’ve kicked it off, and gotten back with their exes.
Brooklyn traded Irving to Dallas on Sunday for a package centered around Spencer Dinwiddie, a longtime Nets fan favorite. They also received Dorian Finney-Smith and a draft pick, creating a trade exception.
“When @ShamsCharania says it’s time to pack your bags. Plus Ilia said he wants to go back home, Dinwiddie tweeted.Adding smiley face and hands emojis to a prayer of gratitude.
Elijah is her son, born at the end of Dinwiddie’s second season in Brooklyn. He spent five years with the Nets, joining Harris in 2016 and becoming two player development success stories.
Dinwiddie emerged as a player and even helped recruit Irving. But injuries limited the latter to just 20 games in 2019-20, with Dinwiddie scoring a career-high 20.6 points that season.
It essentially turned out to be his last in Brooklyn — until now, that is.
Dinwiddie’s unfortunate ACL tear just three games into 2020-21 indirectly led the Nets to pursue a bigger name by trading for James Harden. Dinwiddie moved to Washington in a major five-team trade, and spent the last season and a half in Dallas as Luka Doncic’s running mate.
Dinwiddie is currently averaging 17.7 points and 5.3 assists in a borderline All-Star campaign. His shooting splits are a solid .455/.405/.821, and now the 6-foot-6 guard returns to the Nets’ starting backcourt with the currently injured Ben Simmons to give them a pair of long-armed stoppers. can go.
Dinwiddie is making $20.2 million this season and $21.0 million next year.
Dorian Finney-Smith is a 6-foot-7, 220-pounder who averages 9.1 points, 4.76 rebounds and can play either forward position. He has spent his entire career in Dallas, and is in the first season of a four-year, $55 million deal. It can be transferred again, but only in a one-on-one deal.
Finney-Smith has a 15 percent trade kicker, according to former Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks, now an ESPN insider.
The Nets, who shed draft assets in the deal for Harden, will receive an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and 2027 and 2029 second-rounders. They would also generate $5 million and $1.8 million in trade exemptions — plus $28 million in luxury tax savings.
That was a pretty solid pivot from Nets general manager Sean Marks, considering the Nets would be over the salary cap even if Irving left in free agency this summer, as he is expected to do. What was the commitment? They don’t have the means to replace him, but now get back a starter they’re familiar with and pick up another useful rotation player as well.
The Nets host the Clippers on Monday, but according to ESPN Irving was not expected to take a physical until that day in Dallas, with Dan Woody and Finney Smith expected to debut before Tuesday against Phoenix. Pressure can be applied.
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