Are the Lakers getting cold feet already?
Just about a moth ago it felt like the Los Angeles Lakers were a lock to get Kyrie Irving. According to multiple reports, the Nets wanted two first-round picks from the Lakers, and the Lakers were simply not willing to give that much up in order to get the controversial All-Star. The Los Angeles Lakers also wanted to part ways with Russell Westbrook in the process, who at this point isn’t of any interest to the Nets, or pretty much any other team. According to Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News, the Lakers have changed their tune, and are now willing to part with that second first-round pick in order to acquire the controversial Nets star.
Via NY Daily:
“Elsewhere, there doesn’t appear to be much traction on a Durant deal, though the Los Angeles Lakers are now reportedly willing to include both 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks in a deal for Kyrie Irving. Earlier in the offseason, the Nets were unwilling to take back Russell Westbrook in any Irving deal. It is unclear if their stance remains unchanged or could change depending on what is received in a potential Durant deal.”
Report Roundup: Sixers could enter the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, but their best package probably won’t do it; the Lakers will now offer 2 picks for Kyrie Irving; Boston KD’s preferred destination; Pelicans have interest https://t.co/pKDwqxuYut
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) August 10, 2022
This new revelation could have something to do with LeBron James, who recently sat down with the Lakers to discuss his future. Rob Pelinka promised LeBron to give him the resources to win, and with the Lakers wanting LeBron to retire in L.A., it seems like making a push for Kyrie is the best plan to give LeBron what he thinks he needs in order to win.
Be careful what you wish for, Kyrie is the ultimate migraine for an NBA franchise.
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