“Their best option right now is to try and get Gary Payton, but knowing their luck, they’re going to get Gary Payton Sr.”

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

Irving was unable to reach a long-term deal with the Nets, leading to rumors of his departure. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski released Irving’s six-team sign-and-trade wish list.

ESPN sources: If Kyrie Irving can’t come to an agreement to stay in Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like to consider in a sign-and-trade, including the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers. None of those teams have the cap space to sign him without the Nets’ help.

The main area of ​​disagreement between the two sides was the length of his contract. Irving wanted a long-term max deal, while the Nets wanted one more chance before committing.

However, Plaschke doesn’t see how Irving will help the Lakers get out of their situation. They imported Russell Westbrook last summer to provide a third scoring option, but that experiment failed.

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 of it, $47 million and your singing can’t break my soul. I’m glad we can’t break his soul for 47 fucking million dollars That’s a comfort.

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

“They should be reconciled on the story of Russell Westbrook agreeing to stay for $47 million, thereby dashing the Lakers’ playoff hopes next season.”

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While some Lakers fans are distraught over the idea of ​​Westbrook donning another season, others are ready to give him a second chance. “Mr. Triple Double” just picked up 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 2022-2023 season.


LA Lakers reportedly eyeing LeBron James and 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 have already expressed interest, but the Nets weren’t interested in what was being offered.

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

Regardless, an Irving trade won’t happen, at least not this season. The All-Star guard will reportedly pick up the player option and remain committed to it Kevin Durant and networks.

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

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

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


Edited by Josef Schiffelbein

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