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Shark tank makes dubious investment

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I assume some people would like to discuss this:

The Brooklyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday.

The Mavericks are sending Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Nets in exchange for Irving and Markieff Morris, sources said.

The Nets plan to offer the picks acquired in the trade — as well as their 2027 first-round pick via the Philadelphia 76ers — in trade talks to try to improve the roster ahead of the Thursday trade deadline, sources said.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Nets discussed possible Irving deals on Friday and Saturday. But ultimately, the Mavericks’ package gave the Nets a better chance to surround Kevin Durant with players now — as well as the opportunity to acquire three draft picks, sources said. The Nets had been looking at three-way deals involving the Lakers before discussions with the Mavericks came together fairly quickly Sunday afternoon, sources said.

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but in my highly limited understanding, even leaving aside that Irving is an anti-Semitic, anti-vaxx shithead:

  • The price Cuban paid is very steep
  • A fully committed and healthy Irving is an excellent player but probably not enough to make Dallas a real contender
  • The chances of him being fully committed and healthy throughout a playoff run in 2023 are roughly the same as Ron DeSantis promising to nominate KimberlĂ© Crenshaw as Attorney General.

But maybe the Mavs know what they’re doing! You may discuss.

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