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NBA trade deadline highlights Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook all get dealt

The Brooklyn Nets traded away Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to complete a teardown of their team. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NBA trade season opened with a bang when the Brooklyn Nets dealt a disgruntled Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers swapped Russell Westbrook for D’Angelo Russell in a three-team deal and the Nets sent Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns in a blockbuster. Those were the biggest moves as the trade deadline came and passed Thursday at 3 p.m. (Eastern).

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Durant’s exit completes a teardown of Brooklyn’s vaunted “Big Three” of Durant, James Harden and Irving. He’ll join all-star guards Devin Booker and Chris Paul in Phoenix for a title chase.
The Lakers missed out on Irving but added Russell along with Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt. They also acquired former lottery pick Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Jan. 23.
Many of the most likely sellers Thursday were motivated by a desire to better position themselves for the race to the bottom and the chance to draft French phenom Victor Wembanyama.


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