Ever since Kevin Durant asked for a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers have been chasing his co-star Kyrie Irving to reunite him with LeBron James in hopes of getting back in the championship hunt.
The Lakers chasing Irving makes all the sense in the world considering he would be an upgrade to Russell Westbrook and the best possible player they can get in trade. Irving doesn’t have a market outside of the Lakers, so if Brooklyn were to trade him, it would almost have to be Los Angeles, where he’d be better off playing long term.
Unsurprisingly though, the Nets have no interest in bringing in Westbrook, which has led to talks stalling with a third team expected to get involved. Either way, the Nets are focused on Durant and finding a solution for him, and until that happens, they won’t be pursuing any deal for Irving.
With the length of those talks, it looks like it’s allowed Irving and the Nets to mend their relationship as NBA insider Ian Begley of SNY reports they’re in a good place and he’s ready to play for. them in 2022-23:
A source close to Irving said this week the seven-time All-Star is in good shape with the Nets and comfortable heading into the 2022-23 season.
It’s possible this report is just claiming the Lakers are offering both their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks, or it’s also possible this is true and the relationship has been mended to the point where Irving will play the last. year of his contract in Brooklyn.
If that’s the case, the Lakers will have to look elsewhere to find a business partner for Westbrook, and it looks like they’re already doing that.
A recent report indicated that the Lakers have held three-team trade talks on a deal that would send Westbrook to the rebuilding Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell to the New York Knicks and a combination of Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike. Conley in LA
Although a deal doesn’t seem imminent, it could be the best option for the Lakers if Irving stays in Brooklyn.
Durant to meet Nets owner
Durant is expected to meet with the Nets owner soon to settle things. Depending on what comes of it, whether he goes through with his trade request or withdraws it will likely dictate the rest of the NBA offseason.
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