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.
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.”
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.
LA Lakers reportedly eyeing LeBron James and Kyrie Irving reunion
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.
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.
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.