“Their best option right now is to try and get Gary Payton, but knowing their luck they will get the senior Gary Payton”


Kyrie Irving has been linked to several teams, including the LA Lakers. While many were thrilled by the thought of Irving, columnist Bill Plaschke doesn’t think the Brooklyn Nets guard would be much help.

Irving failed to reach a long-term deal with the Nets, leading to rumors of his departure gaining traction. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has released Irving’s wish list of six teams for a signing and a trade.

ESPN sources: If Kyrie Irving can’t reach a deal to stay with Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like them to consider signing and trading, including Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers. Neither of those teams has space to sign him without help from the Nets.

The main point of disagreement between the two parties was the length of his contract. Irving wanted a long-term max contract, while the Nets were looking for one more tryout before committing.

However, Plaschke doesn’t see how Irving is going to help the Lakers out of their predicament. They brought in Russell Westbrook last summer to provide a third scoring option, but that experiment fell through.

On “The Dan Patrick Show,” Plaschke said:

“The fact that Westbrook is staying – we knew he was staying – but the fact that he just reminded us, $47 million and singing you can’t break my soul. I’m glad we can’t break his soul for a freaking 47 million dollars. That’s a comfort.

“Laker fans are, they’re in trouble. They raised their hands. Kyrie wasn’t going to help. He was going to make it worse, but it’s still bad. They have nowhere to turn. I want say their best option right now is to try and get Gary Payton (II), but knowing their luck, they’ll get the Gary Payton Sr., not the son.

“They have to be lined up in the story of Russell Westbrook agreeing to stay for $47 million, dashing the Lakers’ playoff hopes for next season.”

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While some Lakers fans are upset about Westbrook donning the uniform for another season, others are ready to give him a second chance. ‘Mr. Triple Double’ has just opted for his $47 million player option for next season.

ESPN sources: Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook plans to exercise his $47.1 million option to return to the franchise for the 2022-23 season.


LA Lakers reportedly considering LeBron James-Kyrie Irving reunion

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James

The Lakers have reportedly pursued a sign-and-trade deal with the Nets. Wojnarowski revealed that the Lakers had already expressed interest, but the Nets weren’t interested in what was on offer.

BREAKING: The Lakers have offered a Russell Westbrook-centric sign-and-trade package to the Nets for Kyrie Irving. The Nets are currently not interested. (via @wojespn) https://t.co/HbphKodEB3

Either way, a move for Irving isn’t going to happen, at least this season. The All-Star guard reportedly opted for his player option and remains committed to Kevin Durant and the Nets.

There have been reports that Irving and LeBron James have talked about the possibility of a reunion. But that won’t happen this offseason.

People ‘very close’ believe Kyrie Irving is trying to join the Lakers, says @sam_amick LeBron James would be “very open” to this possibility. https://t.co/tDKQxfFMVN

James and Irving played together for three consecutive seasons from 2015 to 2017. During that span, they reached the NBA Finals three times and won a title in 2016.


Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein




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