Despite complicated obstacles to land Kyrie Irving, there continues to be buzz connecting the Los Angeles Lakers to the seven-time All-Star. Irving can become a free agent this offseason by opting out of the the final season of his four-year, $136 million deal.
The Lakers would need Irving to push his way to Los Angeles via a sign-and-trade since L.A. lacks cap space but this presents hard cap challenges. Another option would be for Irving to opt-in to the final year of his current contract then attempt to force a trade to the Lakers. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor has a three-way trade idea that sends Irving to the Lakers, Russell Westbrook to the Hornets and Gordon Hayward to the Nets.
“But the idea that I have involving that is Kyrie to the Lakers, Westbrook to the Hornets and then [Terry] Rozier and Hayward to the Nets,” O’Connor explained during a June 9 episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “Add picks, fluff it up however you want. That’s like the foundation of the deal. What do you think about that for all three of those teams? Because that connects the Marc Stein rumor right with Hornets and Lakers [trade for] Westbrook.”
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