LeBron James may want Kyrie Irving “more than anyone,” but that (apparently) doesn’t mean the Los Angeles Lakers will rush to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets to trade for the disgruntled All-Star.
With the Nets facing a market for Irving’s services that is seemingly limited to just one team, it appears Rob Pelinka and the front office aren’t necessarily ringing Brooklyn GM Sean Marks’ phone just yet, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. . (h/t our friends at Nets Daily):
“Like Durant, I think it’s a very slow moving market right now. I think certainly, unlike Kevin Durant, I think there are a limited number of teams where it could make sense. I think there are teams that would like to make deals for him. It’s different from the sign-and-trade he tried to get. That’s where teams would have had to sign him for multiple years. He essentially has a contract to run, and I think teams that just need to improve his talent can take some risks with Kyrie Irving.
“I was told that the Lakers still have to be aggressive in trying to get a deal done to get [Kyrie] from Brooklyn. That can happen, it can evolve over time, but so far, there’s really no traction on the deals with Irving or Kevin Durant. They will develop over time, but hear that both processes could develop, and you don’t have to trade either. Both are under contract. They could bring them back to start the season. I don’t think that’s the ideal scenario for Brooklyn. I think it’s ‘try to find as many assets as you can’. But then again, there’s a lot of time left in this offseason and a lot more talks to come.”
“I was told that the Lakers still have to be aggressive in trying to work out a deal to get [Kyrie] from brooklyn That can come, that can evolve over time. But so far, there’s no traction on the deals with Irving or Durant.”
— Clutch Points (@ClutchPointsApp) July 4, 2022
Now some on the Lakers Twitter were Quick point that the last time Woj reported that the trade market was moving slowly for a star Nets shooting guard who wanted out, said shooting guard was traded the next day. After all, during the James Harden saga, Woj dismissed his own colleague Brian Windhorst’s report that the Nets and Sixers were “trending” toward a deal and were “in the negotiating zone” on Feb. saying on the same day that “right now, there’s no negotiation between Philly and Brooklyn… The idea that they’re going back and forth that some have surmised is that I don’t think it’s accurate.”
Harden was traded to the Sixers within 24 hours.
But acknowledging what happened there, and that Woj seems pretty connected to the Nets side of things, doesn’t necessarily undermine this report. After all, why should the Lakers be “aggressive” in finding a guard who, againno other NBA team seems to want to?
Stein: The Mavs have no plans to go after Kyrie in a trade. The Lakers are the only team trying to get Kyrie
—Ralph Mason (@Ralph_MasonJr) July 4, 2022
This is the time Pelinka should become the most annoying general manager in his fantasy basketball league and come up with the craziest, most insulting trade offers he can think of. “Sure, Sean, we’ll take Kyrie off your hands, but we’ll also need Seth Curry. I can give you Russ and a protected second-round pick in the top 55 in 2027.”
That might not be conducive to quick negotiations that end up with Irving in a Lakers uniform quickly, but apparently no other team wants to trade for him, and Brooklyn is still trying to find a deal for his team. other superstar who wants out: Understandably, the Lakers aren’t necessarily starting a bidding war with themselves. Negotiations start far apart and reach a middle ground over time. The Lakers have no reason to “aggressively” close that gap faster than they should if no one is going to force them.
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