Draymond Green weighed in on commercial rumors linking Kyrie Irving to the Los Angeles Lakers, sending a message to Golden State Warriors’ Western Conference rivals.
The move will shake up the Western Conference scene and reunite the polarizing guard with his former superstar partner, LeBron James. While Green admits that the move could make the Lakers a contender, he doesn’t think it will be enough to compete with his Warriors.
“With LeBron James, if you give them someone like Kyrie… they have a chance because of the way Kyrie can score in basketball.” Green told Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw. “LeBron would just put him in a position to do that. Kyrie has not proven to be a great leader. LeBron will put an umbrella on it. If you can do what you’re good at, you have LeBron in the lead.
“They can compete, but they won’t beat us.”
If the Lakers can make the numbers work and land Irving, that would give them a certified star trio of Irving, James and Anthony Davis. But as last season demonstrated with both the Lakers and the Nets, quality depth goes a long way. The star-studded roster were title favorites who entered but were disappointed, the Nets bounced in the first round and the Lakers were completely absent after the season.
While that’s a bold statement by Green, he’s entitled to say a little, as his Warriors registered their fourth title in eight years.
Lakers on Irving’s list of favorite destinations
The Lakers are on a list of six teams that Irving would like to join through signing and trade if he and the Nets can’t agree on terms for him to stay. The rest are the LA Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.
But as ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski pointed out, just because Irving wants to play there doesn’t mean the teams will care.
“The concern is not the same in some of these places,” says Wojnarowski. “Obviously the Lakers are lackluster people. And will Kyrie Irving give up the $36.9 million player option he could opt in and have that money guaranteed, especially after a year in which he’s lost roughly $17 million due to not being vaccinated last year and more with a sneakers contract won’t be there anymore, certainly to the extent it was. “
Irving will turn 31 next season and is about to launch a year where he averaged 27.4 points and 5.8 assists per game last year. He is a seven-time All-Star Team member and Three-time All-NBA Team member.
Situation becomes ‘harmonious’ among Nets, Irving
Irving has until June 29 to decide if he opts into the final year of the up to four-year contract he signed with Brooklyn in 2019. However, things don’t seem to be going smoothly. direction towards him to stay.
“Listen, people are trying to gain leverage. If you’re Kyrie Irving, you’re trying to get the Nets to give you a longer-term deal with more money than they want. The Nets are trying to go the other way – shorter deal, incentivized, because he doesn’t get on the floor as much as they’d like for several years.
“This is getting hot, and I think that’s a concern when you look at not only Kyrie Irving’s future in Brooklyn, but Kevin Durant’s future and if they can hold this right now. now or not.”
We’ll see how it plays out but Irving looks ready for a fresh start.
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