The Lakers’ determined pursuit of Kyrie Irving has been one of the biggest storylines around the league this offseason.
Since the Brooklyn Nets point guard and Kevin Durant decided that they wanted to depart from the organization, the Lakers have seemingly been the only suitor for Irving’s services.
Kyrie continued to make his pit clear that he wants to play in Los Angeles when he enjoyed a night out at Crypto.com arena to watch the Sparks. As soon as fans noticed him, he was met with cheers.
At one point during the game, some fans asked him when he was making his way to the Lakers and Irving allegedly had an interesting answer.
While there’s clearly mutual interest between him and LeBron James in a potential reunion, it seems some within the Lakers front office may be less enthused by the idea. According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, some members in the organization prefer trading for Indiana Pacers veterans Myles Turner and Buddy Hield instead.
“There’s a stalemate right now, really between multiple teams. The league is kinda in a gridlock right now with this whole Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving situation. I think particularly for the Lakers with Russ and Kyrie, from what I’ve heard the Nets’ plan right now is to move KD first before moving Kyrie, so I don’t think you’re going to see a Kyrie deal happen until KD gets moved.
“On top of that, they [the Nets] don’t want to take back Russell Westbrook, and they want at least one pick back. The Lakers have been hesitant to give up that draft capital… I know that they’ve looked around at Indiana. ‘Can we get a Myles Turner and a Buddy Hield?’”
The Irving/Westbrook disaster could eventually be resolved with the Spurs help, with San Antonio taking on Westbrook’s salary into cap room for draft considerations. That would help the Nets generate a massive trade exception for as much as Irving’s entire salary.