'Somewhat substantive chatter' that Kyrie Irving could be going to the Lakers

'Somewhat substantive chatter' that Kyrie Irving could be going to the Lakers

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'Somewhat substantive chatter' that Kyrie Irving could be going to the Lakers

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The Athletic: Kyrie Irving to the Lakers chatter is “somewhat substantive,” according to @Sam Amick. “You’ve got people within the league actually thinking … ‘Man, I think he might find a way to get back with LeBron.'” pic.twitter.com/ZTNyf2SAjq
Source: Twitter @TheAthleticNBA

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lots to discuss on the NBA Draft, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook & more. Pumped to discuss with @GottliebShow on @FoxSportsRadio. Tune in at 1:25 pm PT ihr.fm/2IBN81n4:11 PM
Kyrie Irving @KyrieIrving
Protect our Women by any means necessary – 3:35 PM
Kyrie Irving @KyrieIrving
Are you awake?
You see everything that’s happening right?
F*** what they think. It’s legendary to be different. – 3:34 PM
Kyrie Irving rumors: Kevin Durant says he ‘can’t be involved’ as Nets teammate mulls future
cbssports.com/nba/news/kyrie…2:47 PM
Eric Patten @EricPatten
Why are teams that are interested in winning even considering Kyrie? The Celtics went to ECF in 2018 (when he was hurt for duration of postseason) and 2020 (year after he left). The Nets took champs to 7 in 2021 (He missed 3.5 games). The Nets made the playoffs in 2020 (w/o him) – 2:46 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
At times, Kyrie can seem sincere, like reconnecting with a long-lost relative you’ve had so much love for. In the next breath, he says and does something that has you remembering why there was so much distance in the first place. sports.yahoo.com/kyrie-irving-i…1:30 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Those folks at BetOnLine, who seemingly can’t get enough of the NBA rumor mill, have Heat at 5/2 favorites as Durant’s next team if he leaves Nets. Heat 4/1 third choice at Kyrie’s next team, if he leaves Brooklyn. – 1:14 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Kyrie Irving expected to leave Nets via opt-in-and-trade nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/24/rep…1:04 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Lakers currently favored to be Kyrie Irving’s next team if he leaves the Nets, according to @betonline_ag: pic.twitter.com/n0P0eqECDU1:04 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant says he’s staying out of Kyrie Irving talks at ‘perilous’ #Nets time. #NBA nypost.com/2022/06/24/kev… via @nypostsports12:52 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Bobby Marks + @Jonathan Givony recap the draft +look ahead to free agency: Nets, Kyrie, fake KD trades, Ayton, DET/ORL draft hauls, Sixers trade, deals that didn’t happen (but still might), more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/39QSdm9
Apple: apple.co/3A2Mkx412:47 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Kevin Durant is reportedly monitoring the Kyrie Irving situation and mulling over his own future in Brooklyn.
@Amin Elhassan breaks down what it all means on No Look Pass. pic.twitter.com/y5wdkexgIx12:29 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
The Clippers don’t seem interested in Kyrie Irving. Lawrence Frank’s answer to my question on how high he ranks availability history & leadership qualities in any potential trade or free-agent signing this summer. https://t.co/szFvlXjr9E pic.twitter.com/OfEEugsV8q11:20 AM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
From PM: Potential options if Heat loses Tucker in free agency (Miami will try hard to avoid losing Tucker). And Miami on Kyrie Irving’s list: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…10:08 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
With Kevin Durant “monitoring” the Kyrie situation in Brooklyn, could he be on the move this summer?
@Brian Scalabrine makes the case for the #Celtics being KD’s next team. pic.twitter.com/MN2tsLQTII10:02 AM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Kyrie he knows he won’t be around all the time. It’ll be something — a birthday, an anniversary, a full moon, an eclipse — that will prevent him from clocking into work that day or that week. Part-time services, full-time prices sports.yahoo.com/kyrie-irving-i…8:57 AM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
For ⁦@YahooSports:⁩ Kyrie Irving wants the money and all the influence today’s stars have. But he probably has more influence on driving the conversation in the NBA than he practically does in the building he appears at every once in a while. sports.yahoo.com/kyrie-irving-i…2:47 AM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
NBA rumors: Amid Kyrie Irving uncertainty, future of Brooklyn Nets could be determined ‘in next several days to a week’ nj.com/nets/2022/06/n…1:42 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
NBA Draft ends the way it started for the Nets, with no draft picks. Brooklyn stood pat. Expectation seemed to be that way after sending some texts out towards end of first round. We’ll see who they land the UDFA route. And oh yeah, that Kyrie Irving situation is a thing, too. – 12:32 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant still could stay with #Nets even if Kyrie Irving leaves nypost.com/2022/06/24/kev… via @nypostsports12:18 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
Packed show tonight…
– Making sense of the Knicks trade
– Kyrie saga + potential fallout
– What now with Ayton?
– Pacers now 1st Team All League Pass
– Giving away $100 to 5 contestants
– Fan calls
Join us!⬇️
youtube.com/watch?v=93BURw…11:47 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Potential options if Heat loses free agent priority P.J. Tucker. And Miami on Kyrie Irving’s list: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…9:44 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
What’s the latest on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant’s future in Brooklyn? twitter.com/i/spaces/1lPKq…9:19 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Paolo Banchero is the 5th No. 1 from Duke following
Art Heyman (1963)
Elton Brand (1999)
Kyrie Irving (2011)
Zion Williamson (2019). – 8:11 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Paolo Banchero is the fifth player from Duke selected with the first overall pick in the #NBADraft.
He joins Art Heyman (1963), Elton Brand (1999), Kyrie Irving (2011), and Zion Williamson (2019). pic.twitter.com/oSb7PobC4S8:10 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Duke has had 5 players picked first overall, the most in NBA history.
Paolo Banchero (2022)
Zion Williamson (2019)
Kyrie Irving (2011)
Elton Brand (1999)
Art Heyman (1963) pic.twitter.com/hWEEVHLaKu8:10 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Paulo Banchero would be the 5th top overall pick from Duke.
That extends what is already a record.
Zion Williamson.
Kyrie Irving.
Elton Brand.
Art Heyman.
Kentucky is next with 3 overall top picks. – 8:10 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
One note on Kyrie Irving/Nets: Brooklyn’s stance against giving Irving a max extension has been thus far fully supported by owner Joe Tsai. – 8:07 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Podcast: it’s PART ONE of NBA Draftapalooza featuring Kyrie/Nets drama, a Most Fun KD Trade Teams draft and my official decision on Paolo/Chet/Jabari. Taped w/ @Kevin O’Connor @Ryen Russillo @ChrisRyan77 at 3:15 PT.
open.spotify.com/episode/5mUekE…8:04 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
People forget Sean Marks was entirely noncommittal on Irving at his season-ending press conference a month ago. – 7:55 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
On the Nets, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/xphBIP8LB37:44 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think the funniest thing about Kyrie possibly taking the TPMLE to join the Lakers is that Westbrook would still be there.
Do they John Wall him at that point? Do they give up picks to move him? Just play him 15 MPG?
I still don’t think Kyrie is coming but this fascinates me. – 7:41 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Latest on the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to start the @Stadium 2022 NBA Draft Live Show: twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…7:31 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Kyrie’s options
1) opt in to his $36.9m PO – can just opt in or opt in and then extend
2) get Brooklyn to cooperate on a sign and trade
3) opt out and leave as a free agent – but here are the teams with cap space (DET, ORL, IND, SAN)
So Kyrie needs the Nets, one way or another – 7:28 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kyrie should absolutely show up at the NBA Draft tonight. – 7:15 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
They’re playing James Harden and Kyrie Irving highlights on the jumbotron as part of a Nets top 10 plays here at the draft and come on read the room Barclays Center – 7:13 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
not sure i ever truly understood deja vu before the kyrie irving news cycle – 6:46 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie Irving career:
.721 in games with LeBron
.477 in games without LeBron
@LeGoatMuse pic.twitter.com/gZXhUrEare6:32 PM

Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Bump this again -> Latest @BleacherReport A 3-Team Kyrie Irving Trade Between Lakers-Nets-Thunder Could Make Everyone Happy – I mean, this is the internet, no single thing is going to make everyone happy. Nonetheless, I dug into why it could add up bleacherreport.com/articles/10039…6:27 PM
Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
The Nets were just hanging out with a young team that had improved by 14 wins in the spring of 2019 when Kyrie Irving and Durant told them, “Hey, you guys, get excited, we’re coming to play for you!”
Lucky us. – 6:18 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
kyrie and the nets negotiating against each other pic.twitter.com/mRrr4QQ4JX6:18 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
My official prediction for tonight:
“The Orlando Magic have decided to trade the No. 1 pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Tom Brady and three tires from Jimmie Johnson’s last car. But how will that affect Kyrie? Let’s discuss.” – 6:13 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Exploring potential stretch four options if Heat loses free agent priority Tucker. And Miami again on Kyrie Irving’s list: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…5:57 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
The Sixers are reportedly on Kyrie Irving’s short list of sign-and-trade preferences if he makes his way out of Brooklyn. So here are my thoughts on whether it’s worthy being in the Irving business in 2022 phillyvoice.com/nba-trade-rumo…5:43 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Report: Kyrie Irving lists Mavs as possible destination if he can’t reach deal with Nets dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…5:40 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
I expect Nets to work this out with Kyrie/KD, but this year may be the only season they can struggle and be fine. This is #Rockets last year they expect to lose. Their pick will be high. They only have swap rights this year. BKN could finish #7 in the draft and still keep it. – 5:18 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
💯 The leaks and rumors surrounding Kyrie
💯 Three most likely teams for Kyrie if he does leave Brooklyn
💯 Real One of the Week
#RealOnes: open.spotify.com/episode/1W9wH5…5:17 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
If no deal can be reached with Nets, Kyrie Irving’s list of sign-and-trade candidates includes Knicks, Sixers and Lakers: Report nj.com/knicks/2022/06…5:16 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Reports: Irving gives Nets list of potential destinations, Durant considering Nets’ future nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/23/rep…5:05 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Nets wins in the last 4 seasons:
2019 — 42
*add Kyrie and KD
2020 — 35
2021 — 48
2022 — 44
They have only been a top 4 seed once in the Kyrie era. pic.twitter.com/BIKg8dpvNM5:04 PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Six teams are among Kyrie Irving’s preferred destinations if he leaves the Nets
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…5:03 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Kyrie Irving has named 6 teams he would like to play for 👀
Kevin Durant is monitoring the Nets situation, which opens a window for Irving to find a new team via opt-in and trade
basketnews.com/news-174044-ky…4:58 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat linked to Kyrie Irving’s latest NBA wandering eye, as Nets situation grows muddled. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Also: The Heat’s ongoing Chet Kammerer impact; and Jimmy Butler getting his international kicks. – 4:58 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Thursday’s @LockedOnLakers pod, YouTube version. Topics include Kyrie giving up $30M (spoiler: he won’t), Darvin Ham’s staff, and what the Lakers could do w/a second round pick. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
youtu.be/NZko5wJZD3I?t=…4:58 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
On the Heat and Kyrie Irving youtu.be/tSaDriH10744:51 PM
Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Is Kyrie spiteful enough to opt out and take the midlevel with another contender? Literally any other star and the answer is no. But Kyrie… Maybe! – 4:47 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
I understand they’re in the middle of a negotiation battle, but let’s say they do lose KD and Kyrie — they fired Kenny Atkinson, his staff, fired Nash’s staff, traded away all their core pieces.
What’s next?
A rebuild with Nash leading a young core? – 4:42 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
James Harden seeing Kevin Durant and Kyrie potentially on their way out of Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/BSDkjmqSxs4:34 PM

Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Kyrie getting traded to the Sixers and KD getting traded to the Warriors would be by far the funniest outcome – 4:31 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think the Nets are going to figure this out. I think Durant, Kyrie and Simmons are gonna be in the opening day lineup.
But if they don’t, this immediately becomes one of the greatest disasters in roster-building history. To go from favorites to this in ONE YEAR is unheard of. – 4:29 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Uh-oh Kyrie needs a ride again pic.twitter.com/MaBbkmlSY54:28 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options with his future. Kyrie Irving is set to leaving the Nets this summer and everything is going to change for the franchise. Nothing will be the same in Brooklyn #NetsWorld
sdna.gr/mpasket/978547…4:26 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Personally find it all too convenient that the 2 top insiders reported at the same time for it to be much more than a threat to BKN.
But, Kyrie has to be like the only in-prime star whose risk exceeds his reward? – 4:24 PM
Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
If you like drama, conspiracy theories, occasional disappearances, but one hell of a guard, Kyrie Irving is for you. Let’s check in with Daryl Morey. – 4:22 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
We noted earlier this week that people around Kyrie Irving have viewed NYK as potential destination if things went awry in his negotiations w/BKN; @Adrian Wojnarowski reports that NYK is among teams Irving would like BKN to consider in sign-&-trades in that scenario: on.sny.tv/gv3roJd4:21 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
I wrote earlier this week about the Knicks’ route to acquiring Kyrie Irving, if they want to sign him.
They are over the cap today, but they don’t need to do a sign-and-trade to bring Kyrie in. There are moves that can open up max space.
Story here: https://t.co/8YYWzSHnlu pic.twitter.com/zxfDnS6drD4:21 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The idea of Brooklyn sign-and-trading Kyrie to Philly to get Harden back after he demanded out of Brooklyn to get to Philly is so funny that I’m refusing to acknowledge how utterly insane and improbable it is. – 4:19 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The team I’d watch on the Kyrie front, just based on the list @Adrian Wojnarowski put out: the Los Angeles Clippers. – 4:19 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Intriguing leverage play here by Kyrie/KD to get Irving his max deal with the Nets. We will see if Sean Marks blinks first even though he’s holding most of the cards. Durant is signed through 2025-26 and Kyrie can’t go anywhere he wants to in free agency without Nets’ help. – 4:18 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
if you are someone who roots for armageddon: it’s not Kyrie for Russ, it’s Kyrie AND Russ. – 4:17 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: If Kyrie Irving can’t reach an agreement to stay with Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like them to consider on sign-and-trades, including Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers. None of those teams have cap space to sign him without Nets’ help. – 4:10 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options with his future.
This now opens the path for Kyrie Irving to proceed on finding a new home via opt-in and trade. – 4:07 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Great viewer comment on the @LockedOnLakers YouTube page! AK @LockedOnNBAPods
“LeBron’s GOAT case grows considerably stronger if he talks Kyrie into taking a massive pay cut to link up again. Nobody would take that sort of cut in pay to be abused by Jordan on a daily basis.” – 1:57 PM

More on this storyline

If Kyrie Irving opts out, he could be putting himself in a position for a significant salary decrease in the strong scenario that there’s no other maximum offer available. The safer choice would be to opt in, especially since he could avoid free agency in 2023 by extending his current deal at any point during next season. His maximum extension amount is projected at four years, $196.2 million. If traded, he would be limited for six months to a two-year extension worth $78.6 million. -via HoopsHype / June 24, 2022
The issue with opting out is that with the exception of the Knicks and maybe the Heat, it is very unlikely Irving can get to any of his preferred teams while being properly paid. The Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, and 76ers are already projected to be over the luxury tax, and a sign-and-trade for Irving would be complicated to execute since it would be difficult for them to construct the rest of the roster afterward. Any team that acquires a free agent via sign-and-trade gets hard-capped, and acquiring Irving would realistically put these teams way over the hard cap. -via HoopsHype / June 24, 2022
If Irving opts in and is traded during free agency, his 15 percent trade bonus would be worth $5.5 million and would increase his $36.9 salary to $42.4 million. If he opts in and is traded before free agency, that $5.5 million bonus would be distributed evenly to his 2021-22 and 2022-23 salaries. That would raise his salary next season to $39.7 million. To simplify things, teams will have to send out at least $30.4 million to match salaries for Irving if he’s traded before free agency, and $33.9 million if traded during. -via HoopsHype / June 24, 2022

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