It remains to be seen whether or not Lakers will be able to make a trade with Nets to Kyrie Irvingbut ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski believes LA has at least one major feature on the list this offseason, as he stated on Monday during the network’s latest episode of Get Up (video link).
“I think the Lakers will make a deal. Maybe more than one deal » Wojnarowski sa. “It may not be for Kyrie Irving, it may not be for an All-NBA player, an All-Star. But players like Erik Gordon in Houston, Kompis Hield in Indiana like players Patrick Beverley, who came to Jazz in a trade from Minnesota, who are role players who win teams. What is the price of such features? I think they will continue to be active in all these things. “
As Wojnarowski explains, the Lakers are not eager to part with all of their most valuable assets for modest short-term upgrades, but they still feel the need to add more talent to take advantage of Lebron James‘remaining best year.
“When LeBron puts pressure on the front office, on the organization, the teams ask a lot to make a deal with the Lakers,” Wojnarowski sa. “Rob Pelinkatries to avoid trading the unprotected first-round picks of 2027, 2029 that obviously do not greatly appreciate LeBron James because he may not be present. He wants to win now. It’s the balance between being in the front office versus having to earn the fact that you have LeBron James still playing at an incredibly high level at an age we have never seen a player play at that level. “
Here’s more about the Lakers:
- A potential deal that sends Irving to the Lakers is “not completely dead,” according to Wojnarowski, but such an agreement still largely depends on what Nets do with Kevin Durant. “The Nets are more focused on trying to find a deal for KD before they even move Kyrie Irving,” in Woj. “I think there’s a good chance Kyrie Irving is back in Brooklyn to start the season if Kevin Durant is back in Brooklyn.”
- Russell WestbrookThe public split with his longtime agent does not bode well for the former MVP’s relationship with the Lakers, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, who says the dynamic between Westbrook and the team is becoming “more unbearable with each passing week.” League sources tell Buha that the divorce between Westbrook and the agent Thad Foucher surprised several people around the Lakers.
- Foucher’s statement, which suggested that Westbrook is seeking another change of nature, could further hurt the Lakers’ influence in trade talks, Buha writes. Several league sources tell The Athletic that potential trading partners are already asking for at least LA’s first-round pick for 2027 or 2029 to take on Westbrook’s costly expiration contract.
- Marc Stein says in his latest Substack article that Knicks and Jazz will be seen by some people around the league as possible landing places for Westbrook if the two teams complete one Donovan Mitchell trade. Stein explains that the Knicks may be more likely to switch Julius Randle and his long-term contract for a major expiration deal like Westbrooks in that scenario, although it strikes me as a long shot that New York and LA would be able to find a mutually beneficial barter deal involving the two players.