Potential Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving trade to include more than two teams?

Potential Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving trade to include more than two teams?

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Potential Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving trade to include more than two teams?

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Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Every Durant and Kyrie report contradicts every other report. At this point I’m just not taking anything seriously. – 11:37 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Lakers not aggressively trying to trade for Nets’ Kyrie Irving nba.nbcsports.com/2022/07/04/rep…10:29 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Dealing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving could drag out as #Nets intend to use leverage nypost.com/2022/07/04/net… via @nypostsports9:12 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
[searching for protagonists in the kyrie/kd/nets/lakers dramedy] pic.twitter.com/oDodADraG25:51 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Jeanie Buss Tweet has fans nostalgic for Kobe, wondering if/how it applies to Kyrie Irving nba.nbcsports.com/2022/07/04/jea…5:31 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Does LeBron need Kyrie just as much as Kyrie needs LeBron?
@Amin Elhassan explains why a reunion is mutually beneficial on No Look Pass. pic.twitter.com/EDnGCRfzxs2:39 PM

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss posts cryptic tweet about Kobe Bryant as Kyrie Irving-Russell Westbrook rumors swirl
cbssports.com/nba/news/laker…12:25 PM
Alex Raskin @RaskinDailyMail
Kobe Bryant ‘was the greatest Laker ever’ team owner Jeanie Buss writes in cryptic tweet as fans plead with her to trade for polarizing star Kyrie Irving and reunite him with LeBron James mol.im/a/10980319 via @MailOnline #Lakers11:07 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Nets being patient, nothing reportedly close on Durant, Irving trade front nba.nbcsports.com/2022/07/04/net…8:40 AM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
We are live this AM on @FTFonFS1 talking all things KD & Kyrie plus the *insane* Gobert trade.
Should be the perfect precursor to your barbecues & pyrotechnics today. – 7:22 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’m not even gonna try to decode Jeanie’s tweet, I’m just going to say that Kyrie Irving is a Kobe Bryant disciple and call it a night. – 2:48 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Forget Kyrie. Kevin Durant for Anthony Davis is the trade that makes the most sense for the Lakers. Unload Davis before he’s untradeable. KD turns a losing team into a champion and totally redeems himself. – 12:52 AM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Woj says Brooklyn has “no traction” on a deal for KD or Kyrie. They’re being patient because they “don’t have to trade either”, though that’s not their ideal scenario. Nets trying to get the “biggest haul of assets that they can” and “there’s a lot more talks coming.” – 11:16 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
A thought I just had. Let’s say:
– The Raptors get Kevin Durant.
– The Lakers get Kyrie Irving.
– The Raptors win the East and the Lakers win the West.
Kyrie wouldn’t be able to play road games in the Finals because of Canada’s vaccine mandate. – 10:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
About to sit down and binge some Stranger Things.
You can thank me when a KD or Kyrie trade goes down in the next 15 minutes or so. – 9:21 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Kyrie Irving? Surely the Mavericks aren’t that desperate, nor should they be dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…8:24 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
If it ends up being Kyrie+Harris for Westbrook+Nunn, I hope the Lakers sneak Wenyen Gabriel in there to create a roster spot.
Ideally, I’d want three left for the following:
– A point guard (Dennis Schroder?)
– A big (Thomas Bryant? Serge Ibaka?)
– A forward (Kessler Edwards?) – 5:16 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
If the Lakers pass on the Kyrie-Westbrook b/c they refuse to take back Joe Harris, who only has two relatively affordable years left on his contract and (assuming he’s healthy) would a perfect fit playing alongside LeBron – that’s would be major mistake – 11:48 AM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Amid the Kyrie Irving-Russell Westbrook trade talks report, odds on the #Lakers winning the 2022-23 championship have dropped roughly in half. Saw them at 24-1 three days ago. Seeing them at 11-1 to 13-1 this morning. #Nets now 36-1, gaining ground on #Knicks (120-1). – 10:05 AM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The most likely Kyrie/Westbrook trade (in my opinion)
Lakers – get Kyrie and Joe Harris
Nets – get Russ, Kendrick Nunn and draft compensation – 9:29 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Lakers, Nets discussing Kyrie Irving-Russell Westbrook trade
sportando.basketball/en/lakers-nets…2:17 AM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Me – when I realized Kyrie couldn’t be traded for Westbrook straight up because the Nets need to send out more money to make the deal work pic.twitter.com/0fmqDK7ZHV10:44 PM

Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
So according to the current news cycle, Russell Westbrook might be rejoining Kevin Durant in Brooklyn, however briefly, and Kyrie Irving might be rejoining James Harden in Philadelphia. Yeahhhhh, it’s bed time. – 10:41 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
i cant be the only one who wants to see what the defense looks like guarding a Ben Simmons/Russell Westbrook backcourt. – 9:08 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Lakers, Nets reportedly “actively engaged” in Irving for Westbrook trade talks nba.nbcsports.com/2022/07/02/lak…8:39 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Where do we think Russell Westbrook goes if he’s bought out by Brooklyn in a Kyrie Irving trade?
Washington would’ve been my guess before Morris and Wright. Dallas as a low-minutes backup with their spacing bigs beside him? Maybe Charlotte because of the Jordan connection? – 8:17 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
If Nets don’t refer to the Russell (Westbrook) – (Ben) Simmons pairing as the “Def Lineup” then what are we even doing. – 8:10 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
3-pointers in the last 2 seasons:
252 — Kyrie
168 — Westbrook + Simmons pic.twitter.com/0wDRnUropa8:07 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Going from KD, Kyrie and Harden to Ben Simmons, Russ Westbrook and Royce O’Neal in the span of six months is, um… not great
#ScaryHours8:04 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
My favorite Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant anecdote I’ve ever written. Was cracking up when I heard this one the first time.
From this story: https://t.co/aO4NKlAb0E pic.twitter.com/yyGMLM0raY8:00 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
If Durant gets traded, they may never step in the same locker room; they may never cross paths at the practice facility. I don’t know what BKN would decide with Westbrook. But if a Russ-for-Kyrie deal happens first, for a brief, fleeting moment Russ & KD would be back together. – 7:55 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are actively engaged in trade discussions centered on a Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving package, league sources tell @YahooSports: sports.yahoo.com/sources-lakers…7:39 PM

More on this storyline

With four years left on Kevin Durant’s contract, and Kyrie Irving having opted in to the last year of his deal, the Nets have leverage and every intention of using it. And league personnel say the Nets have implied if they don’t get what they want, this could well drag on into training camp. -via New York Post / July 4, 2022
Nets general manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai had agreed to work with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman to try to trade him to one of his preferred landing spots. But in the end, Durant and Irving are expected to be moved where and when it works best for Nets management. -via New York Post / July 4, 2022
A league source told The Post any talk of a deal being close to done as premature. One reporter for The Athletic suggested Kendrick Nunn could be part of a larger deal, while another shot down the report altogether. Such is the chaos Kevin Durant’s trade demand has thrown the league into. -via New York Post / July 3, 2022

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