We spent a large part of the summer watching the Los Angeles Lakers go after Kyrie Irving as they look to remove Russell Westbrook from their roster.
While things have yet to go as planned for the Lakers, there’s still plenty of time to make additional moves to improve their roster before next season begins. However, it would be wise for them to address LeBron James’ current contract situation before entering training camp – otherwise it will be another cloud hanging over the franchise.
However, according to Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless, the Lakers have an alternative that could see them get a new superstar while also giving LeBron a desire to reunite with Kyrie Irving – if the Los Angeles and Brooklyn Nets agree. The transaction saw LeBron go to New York and Kevin Durant become the Laker.
“There’s only one deal that makes sense to me, and that’s superstar to superstar, your boy to my boy. It’s a fateful swap with LeBron and Kevin Durant, and I don’t believe LeBron, according to Chris Broussard, wants to do that – he doesn’t want to end his career in Brooklyn… KD for the Lakers makes sense, he does. may have had a rough year with Russ (Westbrook), but you still have him for three more years. And at least LeBron keeps you famous for your credibility, you’re still a contender, and he has aspirations to reunite with Kyrie Irving,” Bayless said on an August 10 episode of Undisputed.
It can be doubted that Los Angeles will agree to the deal, as it means Anthony Davis and Durant – two players who have struggled with injury problems for the past three or four years – will be crucial. for their championship hopes.
LeBron expected to re-sign with Lakers
If LeBron has no plans to re-sign with the Lakers before his contract expires, moving him to Durant would be a logical way for Los Angeles to retain the superstar presence on their roster.
However, according to an August 5 report by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on NBA Today, LeBron is likely to sign an extension with Los Angeles in the coming weeks, thus eliminating the need to explore commercial packages related to it. Self-proclaimed ‘King’.
“All signs point to both sides looking forward to expanding their partnership with each other. It led to a championship in 2020. It also resulted in two knockout appearances that they failed to make it through, but overall, I think both sides recognize that they can help. each other achieve a common goal, which is to compete at a high level and stay consistent as one of the NBA’s best players and one of the best-selling franchises in the NBA,” McMenamin said.
Kyrie Irving stays in Brooklyn
While LeBron is likely to stay in Los Angeles beyond the current season, it seems likely that his chances of playing against Kyrie Irving will immediately suffer, as the deft point guard is expected to remain in Brooklyn for the remainder of the season. the last year of the contract. .
“Regarding Kyrie Irving, I was told by a source close to Irving that he feels he and the Nets are in a very good position right now, and comfortably looking forward to the start of next season. Apparently Irving has opted into the final year of his contract with Brooklyn, he could become an unrestricted free agent next summer. After a lot of discussion about the trade, there doesn’t seem to be much there at the moment, so it’s worth noting that he feels like the Nets and he’s in a good position at this point, as they look forward to next season,” SNY’s Ian Begley said on Aug. 4.
However, Irving will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2023, so if he and LeBron are serious about teaming up again, they have the perfect opportunity to do so before the season. NBA 2023-24.
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