Kyrie Irving has not yet played a game for the Brooklyn Nets, this year, and there's no doubt that his absence has been felt. The Brooklyn Nets are still a good team, but there's no question that they don't look as dominant as they did last season.
One of the potential ways the Brooklyn Nets could improve is by trading Kyrie Irving. It has recently been revealed by Ian Begley of SNY that the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets have had trade talks involving Kyrie Irving and Kristaps Porzingis.
The Dallas Mavericks were among teams to reach out to the Nets about a trade involving Kyrie Irving, per SNY sources.
And in those trade talks, sources say Kristaps Porzingis was brought up.
It's unknown if talks between Brooklyn and Dallas advanced past a preliminary stage.
As of last late November, the Nets remained open to a trade for Irving, who Brooklyn has not allowed to play this season after he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Due to New York City mandate, Irving isn't allowed to play home games, so owner Joe Tsai and GM Sean Marks made the decision for him not to play at all despite being able to practice and participate in road games. They would welcome him right back if he does get the vaccine.
It was previously reported by Shams Charania that Kyrie Irving could potentially still play this season. If that is the case, then it's difficult to see the Brooklyn Nets trade him for Kristaps Porzingis, as most would agree that Porzingis is the worse player.
On the Dallas Mavericks end, Mavericks governor Mark Cuban denied that such trade talks were happening between the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets. The news was reported by NBA insider Marc Stein.
If this trade were to happen, there could potentially be benefits for both sides. Kristaps Porzingis would give the Brooklyn Nets some size and rebounding, as well as some rim protection. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving would take some of the playmaking and shot creation load off of Luka Doncic on the Dallas Mavericks.
It remains to be seen if these reported trade talks will actually lead to a trade. Oftentimes, trade talks happen simply because a franchise is trying to do due diligence in improving their roster. We'll have to wait and see how this situation develops.