The deal comes two days after Charania reported that Irving requested a trade from the Nets after an agreement on a contract extension could not be reached. After some early season struggles, and Irving’s antisemitic comments, the Nets appeared to be back on the path to Eastern Conference contention.

However, Kevin Durant’s recent injury has resulted in the team falling from second place. If Irving wants another max contract, he had better be on his best behavior in Dallas. And if Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is counting on that, I hope he has the world’s most expensive stress balls in his office.