If the Los Angeles Lakers trade Russell Westbrook this summer, they could acquire a $36 million superstar and an elite shooter in the process.
It’s possible that the Los Angeles Lakers might deal Russell Westbrook and draught picks to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris, according to a tweet from John Gambadoro of Phoenix Sports 98.7 FM.
Kevin Durant has demanded a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Kyrie Irving is focused on going to the Los Angeles Lakers. For three seasons, LeBron James and Irving were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers. As a result of their three straight Finals appearances, the Warriors defeated them to claim the 2016 title.
The Lakers exercised their $47.1 million player option on Russell Westbrook, who accepted it. Even so, the Los Angeles Lakers are still interested in selling the former MVP because he didn’t mesh well with LeBron James and Anthony Davis last year. Westbrook had the second-most turnovers in the NBA and the sixth-worst effective field goal percentage.
Could the Lakers Make the Most of Irving and Harris?
Irving’s ability to shoot from the perimeter would make him a better match with James and Davis than Westbrook was last season. Uncle Drew is a lifetime 39.3 percent arc shooter, whereas Russ is a career 30.5 percent arc shooter.
The NBA’s best shooter, Harris, is on the other side of the ball. He’s second among active players in lifetime 3-point percentage at 43.9%. This trade between the Lakers and Nets would give the Lakers two players who can create offense on both ends of the court while also getting rid of one of the league’s worst shooters.
It goes without saying that doubts will be raised regarding Irving’s commitment to the sport of basketball. His regular-season appearances with the Boston Celtics and Nets have totaled 230 after he requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason of 2017.
Because Irving declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, he didn’t make his 2021-22 season debut until January. Collectively, the Nets decided he would not be a part-timer to begin the season. But the team changed its mind and Irving competed in 29 games, averaging 27.4 points, 4.4 boards, and 5.8 assists.
Talks About Lakers Trading for Irving Reignited on June 30?
Speculation regarding the Lakers moving for Irving was sparked after Durant sought a trade, according to a June 30 story from the Los Angeles Times. CBA rules let Los Angeles to trade Westbrook and draught picks for Irving and Harris from Brooklyn.
Irving, 30, will earn $36.5 million next season, while Harris, 30, will take home $18.6 million.
On June 22, Substack’s Marc Stein revealed that Irving had spoken to James. Even though the Lakers had LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Russell Westbrook, they failed to make the playoffs last season, and Irving is hoping to join them this time around.
NBA star Kyrie Irving demanded a trade in 2017 from the Cleveland Cavaliers, saying he no longer wanted to play with James. “The Pat McAfee Show” host Shams Charania, a columnist for the athletic publication The Athletic, said on the June 20 broadcast, “The Champion-Champion Relationship Is Still Strong.”
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