Kyrie Irving is reportedly being traded to the Mavericks after a controversial season with the Nets. Here's a timeline of events leading up to the trade.

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  • The Nets built a Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden that looked poised to dominate the NBA.

  • Less than two years later, they've fallen apart amid injuries, trade requests, vaccine skepticism, and more.

  • The Athletic reported Sunday Kyrie Irving will head to Dallas in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and multiple draft picks.

It's been a bumpy road for the Brooklyn Nets.

According to The Athletic, star Nets point guard, Kyrie Irving will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round draft picks.

The trade was initially tweeted on Sunday by Shams Charania, the senior lead reporter for the outlet.

The news breaks two days after Irving requested the trade a week ahead of the NBA trade deadline, according to ESPN, ending a long, and tumultuous tenure with the organization.

Just two years ago, the Nets looked like a force to be reckoned with in the NBA. They had just traded for James Harden, adding him to Kevin Durant and Irving to build the NBA's most formidable offensive trio.

However, since then, their championship chase has gone off course, as they've dealt with injuries, trade demands, vaccine skepticism, off-court distractions, firings, and more.

On Tuesday, they fanned the flames, parting ways with head coach Steve Nash and subsequently targeting Ime Udoka, who was suspended for a year by the Celtics for a reported inappropriate relationship with a female staffer. All of this occurred as the team was handling the fallout of Irving's sharing a film with anti-Semitic tropes and refusing to apologize for it.

Though the Nets' championship hopes remain alive, they'll have to clean up what has become the NBA's biggest mess.

Here's a timeline of how it's happened.

July 2019: The Nets were the biggest winners of NBA free agency, signing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant into cap space.

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Though Durant was going to be shelved for the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from a torn Achilles, the free agency jackpot had established the Nets as future title contenders.

September 2020: The Nets hire Steve Nash, a first-time head coach. Nash had worked closely with Durant as a consultant with the Warriors.

Steve Nash smiles while pulling his mask down on the sidelines of a Nets game in 2020.
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January 2021: The Nets pull off a blockbuster trade for James Harden to form the NBA's newest and flashiest super-team.

Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden stand in a circle, smiling and talking during a Nets game in 2021.
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The Nets sent out Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, and Taurean Prince, along with three first-round picks and three pick swaps in a complex, four-team trade.

May 2021: After trading for Harden, the Nets go 41-18 to finish the 2020-21 regular season, posting the league's best offense during that stretch. They beat the Boston Celtics in five games in the first round of the playoffs to set up a second-round matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.

James Harden and Kevin Durant high-five during a Nets game in 2021.
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June 5, 2021: James Harden leaves Game 1 against the Bucks after tweaking his hamstring. He went on to miss Games 2, 3, and 4.

Kevin Durant holds a basketball and looks up at the basket during warmups before a game in 2022.
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June 13, 2021: Kyrie Irving sprains his ankle in Game 4 against the Bucks, which Milwaukee won, evening the series at 2-2.

Kyrie Irving holds his ankle while lying on the floor in pain during a game.
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June 19, 2021: Without Irving and with Harden hobbled, the Nets lose to the Bucks in Game 7. Kevin Durant's foot was famously an inch too long, as a game-winning three-point attempt in regulation was actually a two-pointer that forced overtime.

Kevin Durant rests his hands on his knees and looks up as Nets and Bucks players walk off the court during a game.
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Read more: Kevin Durant blamed his 'big-ass foot' after his potential game-winner was spoiled by his toe being on the line

September 27, 2021: Kyrie Irving misses Nets Media Day because he hasn't received a COVID-19 vaccine.

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New York City vaccine mandates prevented Irving from attending Media Day in person, so he had to speak through a video call. Though Irving dodged questions about the vaccine, citing privacy, it became clear that he was the lone Nets player not to have gotten the vaccine.

October 12, 2021: The Nets won't allow Irving to play or practice until he gets vaccinated.

Kyrie Irving stands with his hands on his knees during a game in 2022.
Kyrie Irving's decision to remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the Nets' season.Eric Gay/AP Images

Irving was already ineligible to play home games because of vaccine mandates. The Nets took it a step further, saying he wouldn't be allowed to play on the road until he could be a full-time participant.

Read more: The Nets won't allow Kyrie Irving to play until his vaccination status changes

December 17, 2021: The Nets allow Kyrie Irving to return as a part-time player and play in away games.

Kyrie Irving looks up and holds his jersey over his mouth during a Nets game in 2022.
Kyrie Irving has missed more than half of the Nets games over the last three seasons.Seth Wenig/AP Images

The decision was made, in part, because of a COVID wave that hit the team. Irving promptly got COVID. He played his first game of the season on January 5.

January 15, 2022: Kevin Durant sprains his MCL. The Nets went 2-10 over their next 12 games, all without Durant.

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Amid the losing streak, Harden became noticeably disengaged on the court.

James Harden looks on during a Nets game in 2022.
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Over those 12 games, Harden averaged 21 points per game, but shot just 38% from the field, 29% from three, and averaged over five turnovers per game. Meanwhile, reports about his discontent in Brooklyn and willingness to reunite with 76ers GM Daryl Morey surfaced.

Read more: There is growing buzz that the 76ers want to go all-in on James Harden in the off-season

February 10, 2022: The Nets trade James Harden to the 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and two first-round draft picks.

James Harden sits next to Kyrie Irving on the bench during a game in 2022.
James Harden and Kyrie Irving.Matt York/AP Images

Facing the prospect of losing Harden for nothing in free agency, the Nets ultimately broke up their Big Three after just 16 total regular season games together.

Reports surfaced that Harden grew frustrated with Irving's absence and felt he was shouldering too much of the load on the Nets.

Read more: James Harden reportedly found playing for the Nets wasn't what he had hoped for, and it led him to wanting out

March 2022: Simmons, while ramping up for his Nets debut, reportedly suffered a setback on his back injury, delaying his return to the court.

Ben Simmons holds a basketball and looks up during Nets warmups.
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April 24, 2022: Ben Simmons is ruled out of Game 4 of the playoffs with another setback.

Ben Simmons sits on the Nets bench during a game.
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After missing the first three games of the Nets' first-round series, Simmons was expected to play in Game 4. However, he was ruled out after hurting his back. ESPN reported that Simmons' setback was met with "surprise and disappointment." It was later reported that Simmons acknowledged that mental health struggles played a part in his inability to return to the court.

Also on April 24, 2022: The Nets are swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Celtics.

Kevin Durant looks on during a Nets game in 2022.
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After the game, Irving said he and Durant are co-managers of the franchise.

June 20, 2022: Kyrie Irving and the Nets hit an "impasse" over his contract.

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Kyrie Irving during the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics.Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

Irving had a $36 million player option for the 2022-23 season. He reportedly wanted a contract extension, but the Nets wouldn't give him one. Though they later gave him permission to seek a sign-and-trade, Irving had few suitors and no one who could put together a sign-and-trade for him. Irving opted into his contract to return to Brooklyn.

June 30: Kevin Durant requests a trade from the Nets.

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Durant was set to begin a four-year, $196 million contract extension with the Nets for the 2022-23 season.

The request was viewed as perhaps the biggest in NBA free agency — a 33-year-old MVP candidate with four years remaining on his contract.

August 8: Kevin Durant tells the Nets to trade him or fire Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.

Steve Nash points up while standing next to Kevin Durant during a Nets game in 2022.
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Nets owner Joe Tsai released a statement backing Nash and Marks.

August 23: After months of trade rumors and speculation, the Nets and Durant agreed to stay together.

Kevin Durant pumps his fist during a game in 2022.
Kevin Durant will be the star of the NBA play-in tournament this year.Adam Hunger/AP Images

Given Durant's talent and contract, it was difficult for teams to put together the kind of package the Nets wanted back for the All-Star forward.

September 15: Kyrie Irving shares a video on Instagram of Alex Jones talking about secret societies that would unleash a plague.


October 29: Kyrie Irving shares a link to a movie filled with anti-Semitic tropes, "Hebrews to Negroes," on his Twitter and Instagram.

Kyrie Irving looks on during a Nets game in 2022.
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The movie is filled with anti-Semitic tropes and fake quotes, even one attributed to Adolf Hitler.

Asked during a press conference about sharing the video, Irving confirmed he watched it, but rejected the premise that he promoted the movie by sharing it and downplayed his influence (while also saying he is influential in his community). Irving abruptly ended the press conference after a tense exchange with reporters.

November 1: Amid a 2-6 start, the Nets and Nash agreed to part ways.

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November 1: At a press conference that day, Marks said the Nets were giving Irving time to cool down before addressing reporters again. Marks said they didn't want to create a "fuss."

Sean Marks speaks at a press conference.
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February 3: Reports emerge suggesting Irving has requested a trade.

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A photo of Kyrie Irving, former point guard for the Brooklyn Nets.Steven Ryan/Getty Images

According to ESPN and The Athletic, Irving asked to be traded to the Mavericks on February 3, almost a week prior to the NBA trade deadline on February 9.

February 5: Kyrie Irving is traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Kyrie Irving looks to his right and smiles during a Nets game in 2022.
Kyrie Irving is a "high-risk, high-reward" superstar.Seth Wenig/AP Images

Irving and the organization were unable to negotiate terms in regard to his long-term contract extension, ESPN reports.

On February 5, The Athletic reported that Irving's wish was granted. He will head south to Dallas, Texas, to suit up for Mark Cuban's Mavericks. The Nets will trade Irving for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks, per the outlet.

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