Kyrie Irving ended his latest unsuccessful stint with an NBA franchise on Sunday as the Brooklyn Nets finally decided they had enough and traded him to the Dallas Mavericks.
Taking to Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning, Irving — who had been with the Nets since 2019 — said he’ll be having a drink for his ancestors, seemingly indicating his happiness with finally getting out of New York.
“Pouring Libations for all of the Ancestors and The Universe. Thank you for the Guidance and Assistance along the journey. I honor you and I love you. Blessings,” Irving tweeted.
Pouring Libations for all of the Ancestors and The Universe. Thank you for the Guidance and Assistance along the journey.
I honor you
and I love you. Blessings
— Hélà (@KyrieIrving) February 6, 2023
Irving’s trade to the Mavericks marks an unceremonious end to his four-season stint in Brooklyn, which saw him at the center of a seemingly endless string of controversies.
In exchange for Irving (and veteran forward Markieff Morris), the Nets received Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick, and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029.
During the course of his 12-year career — which began when he was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft — Irving has played for the Cavs, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and now the Dallas Mavericks.
The highlight of Irving’s career came during the 2015-16 season, which saw him, LeBron James and the rest of the Cavs take down the 73-win Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals despite being down 3-1 after four games.
One of the most talented point guards to ever play the game, Irving has averaged 23.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game during his playing career.
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