Lakers Rumors: Kyrie Irving’s Commercial Proposal Gains Steam

Kyrie Irving, right, and LeBron James

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Kyrie Irving, right, and LeBron James

Increasingly, it looks like the Los Angeles Lakers will get their man. The reasons may not be the most encouraging, but by the time next season begins, the consensus around the NBA is that LeBron James’ former teammate Kyrie Irving will win purple gold alongside James and Anthony Davis, and with point guard Russell Westbrook transported to Brooklyn or beyond.

That’s because there are hardly any other teams in the league willing to take the plunge on Irving, who reached an impasse with the Nets over negotiating a contract extension at the end of June and ultimately agreed to simply accept it. selected for the final. $37 million for his contract. Earlier, Irving made it clear that his preference was to be traded to the Lakers, and even flirted with the idea of ​​doing a one-year, $6.5 million deal.

An NBA general manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Heavy.com that the Lakers are the only team that can be traded for Irving because, like everything, Irving could sabotage his next team if it is. anyone but LA


Is Kyrie the Lakers-or-Bust?

Here’s how GM brought it up in conversation with Heavy.com NBA insider Steve Bulpett:

“The Nets couldn’t count on Kyrie to show up – and they were the team he CHOOSE to join. What if he went somewhere other than the Lakers or someone else he could decide to like at the time?

“I could easily see him being somewhere he didn’t want to be and invent ways to miss games. I mean, he wouldn’t want to waste his minutes and risk himself when he’s just sitting back and waiting for LA (Lakers) when the season is over. If you were the coach and you put him on the ring, could you trust or trust that he was invested in helping your team win? No [expletive] Street.”

Irving could become a free agent next summer and even if he doesn’t make the switch to the Lakers now, the expectation is that he will sign with the team in the summer of 2023, when the Lakers can get enough limited space to take him in.


Westbrook, THT for Kyrie & Joe Harris?

So what will the Lakers have to give up to bring Irving to Los Angeles? Not much, as the Irving market is expected to be very quiet. Swapping Irving straight for Westbrook wouldn’t work because Westbrook, at $47 million, makes $10 million more than Irving, and it may not be easy for Brooklyn to find the salary to make up the difference.

The Nets could extend the contract to send in sharpshooter Joe Harris, who had surgery on his ankle and missed all but 11 games last season. Brooklyn doesn’t want to trade Harris, but a roster change could change that. The Lakers could then include Talen Horton-Tucker to make the trade meet the NBA’s collective bargaining standards.

Whether the Lakers need to include a first-round draft is still up for debate. With limited offers in hand, the Nets could have a hard time getting whatever the Lakers want to give them in a deal. And finally, Irving will land in LA

https://heavy.com/sports/los-angeles-lakers/brooklyn-nets-trade-kyrie-irving-westbrook/ Lakers Rumors: Kyrie Irving’s Commercial Proposal Gains Steam

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