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August 10, 2022 | 4:20 am EDT Update

LeBron James has productive, informative meeting with Rob Pelinka, Darvin Ham

James is finalizing a destination to host the teamā€™s annual minicamp prior to training camp, with San Diego being the likely landing space over Las Vegas,Ā sourcesĀ said. Heā€™s hoping to build a better rapport with teammates before entering the 2022-23 season. The meeting was deemed productive and informative. Pelinka made his feelings clear that he wants James to retire as a Laker and promised to provide him with every resource possible to compete for a championship each year heā€™s with the organization,Ā sourcesĀ said.
And while contract dialogue was broached, the majority of the hour-long meeting was about expressing concerns, andĀ hearingĀ out strategies and opinions to assure there wouldnā€™t be a repeat of last seasonā€™s epic failure, leagueĀ sourcesĀ toldĀ Yahoo Sports. James,Ā sourcesĀ said, drilled home the importance of consistent competitiveness and cohesion, noting that last seasonā€™s team didnā€™t give themselves a chance on many nights. The focus for the future Hall of Famer is competing every night in order to give themselves a chance to compete for a championship.
Do you get the sense that the Lakers are trying to make two separate trades using the firsts? One with Westbrook and one with Horton-Tucker/Nunn/etc.? ā€” @crownroyalpapi_ Jovan Buha: Yes, insofar as I think the ultimate price to trade Westbrook will include attaching two first-round picks. If the Lakers can finagle an alternate outcome ā€” be it a pick swap or two second-round picks ā€” thatā€™s a win for them, in my opinion. That seems unlikely, though, which is why thereā€™s a possibility Westbrook isnā€™t traded. Between the two trades mentioned, the Lakers would prefer the Irving option. I think thatā€™s a deal theyā€™d eventually be willing to include two first-round picks for. I donā€™t think theyā€™d be willing to do so in the Indiana deal.

Kyrie Irving agent: 'Kyrie does not hate Steve Nash nor Sean Marks'

Nets star Kyrie Irving wants to make it clear he does not hate coach Steve Nash or general manager Sean Marks despite what aĀ sourceĀ toldĀ The Post about his feelings Monday. ā€œI am not sure where this narrative is coming from but Kyrie does not hate Steve nor Sean. Thatā€™s not a part of his being nor how he represents himself in the world. Heā€™s about peace, love and acceptance,ā€ his agent and stepmother Shetallia Riley IrvingĀ toldĀ The Post.
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