Lakers Rumors: Irving, Trade Targets, Westbrook

It remains to be seen whether or not the Lakers may conclude an exchange with the Nets for Kyrie Irvingbut ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski thinks LA has at least one other major roster change up its sleeve this offseason, as he said on the network’s latest episode of Get Up on Monday (video link).

“I think the Lakers are going to make a deal. Maybe more of a deal,” said Wojnarowski. “It might not be for Kyrie Irving, it might not be for an All-NBA player, an All-Star. But players like Eric Gordon in Houston, Boyfriend Hield in Indiana, players like Patrick Beverly, who came to the Jazz in a trade from Minnesota, who play a part in winning teams. What is the cost of such a move? I think they’re going to continue to be active on all of these things.

As Wojnarowski explains, the Lakers aren’t eager to part with all of their most valuable trade assets for modest, short-term upgrades, but they still feel the need to add more talent to the roster to make it better. benefit. james lebron‘ the first remaining years.

“When LeBron puts pressure on the front office, on the organization, teams ask a lot to get a deal with the Lakers,” said Wojnarowski. Rob Pelinkatry not to trade unprotected 2027, 2029 first-round picks that LeBron James obviously doesn’t like very much because he may not be there. He wants to win now. It’s the balance between being in the front office and having to serve the fact that LeBron James is still playing at an incredibly high level at an age where we’ve never seen a player play at that level.

Here’s more on the Lakers:

  • A potential trade sending Irving to the Lakers is “not completely dead,” according to Wojnarowski, but such a deal still largely depends on what the Nets do with Kevin Durant. “The Nets are more focused on finding a deal for KD before even moving Kyrie Irving,” Woj said. “I think there’s a good chance that Kyrie Irving will be back in Brooklyn to start the season if Kevin Durant is back in Brooklyn.”
  • Russell WestbrookAccording Jovan Buha of The Athletic, who says the dynamic between Westbrook and the team is getting “more untenable with each passing week.” League sources tell Buha that the divorce between Westbrook and his agent Thomas Foucher caught several people around the Lakers by surprise.
  • Foucher’s statement, which suggested Westbrook was looking for another change of scenery, could further hurt the Lakers’ influence in trade talks, Buha writes. Multiple league sources tell The Athletic that potential business partners are already asking for at least Los Angeles’ 2027 or 2029 first-round pick in order to take over Westbrook’s costly expiring contract.
  • Marc Stein says in his latest Substack article that the Knicks and Jazz are seen by some people in the league as possible landing spots for Westbrook if both teams complete a Donovan Mitchell Trade. Stein says Knicks might be more willing to trade Julius Randle and his long-term contract for a big expiring contract like Westbrook’s in this scenario, although it seems a long time to me that New York and LA will be able to find a mutually beneficial trade involving these two players.
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