NBA rumors: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving teaming up in LA?

If he switches conferences, one of the leading options could be joining his former teammate LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Brian Windhorst, who has extensively covered both of these players, this has recently become more likely than ever (via ESPN): “As time passes here, I would’ve said that this is impossible for many months. But as time passes here and as the possibility exists that Jason Kidd could be hired as the Lakers coach, I think the possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting — that door, which was deadbolted, has been un-deadbolted and has now been cracked open … It might even be opening more by the day. And I say that just because I think it’s on Kyrie’s radar, it’s on Kyrie’s board. He has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers.”

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The Celtics can offer Irving a five-year, $190 million contract. Other teams - including the Knicks, one of Irving's suitors - can offer the point guard a four-year, $141 million deal. Strickland, on hand to promote Budweiser's Lottery-themed beer giveaway Thursday, smiled when he was asked if he'd advise Irving during his free agency. "He has a great father, one of my best friends (Drederick Irving). So he's in great hands," Strickland said. "I'm always here. But he's in great hands, and like I said I look forward to what's the next steps for him, what's the future, whether it's in Boston or somewhere else."
“The way he went about it was disrespectful to the city of Boston, was disrespectful to the organization, and he didn’t represent what Celtics pride is all about,” Perkins said. “I spent my first 8 1/2 years of my career in Boston. Those fans are unbelievable. The organization is unbelievable. The history of the franchise in itself is unbelievable. “The way Kyrie went about it — ‘OK, yeah I struggled, OK on to the next game’ — kinda like the ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Basically throughout the whole process, I mean, I thought he had gotten it. But he was just a bad leader. And he didn’t represent what Celtic pride was about. It was proven that — in my opinion — he’s not a Batman.”
Brian Robb: Marcus Smart on if he's talked to Kyrie about re-signing: "No I have not. If he wants to talk about it, he will. It's his decision. It's not for me to ask. It's not really my business. I love Kyrie as a brother. I talk to Kyrie and wish nothing but the best...it's his decision."
He was asked about it in three distinct and clear ways after the Celtics’ season ended Wednesday night. His next steps for the offseason were to “[move] on to the next thing and just seeing where that ends up.”

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Then again, Irving demanded a trade out of Cleveland following three consecutive trips to the Finals. So we’ll see. Some plugged-in to the NBA claim Irving will strongly consider Brooklyn as a free-agent destination, with one source saying the 27-year-old prefers the Nets to the Knicks.
There has been no indication to date that the Mavericks will get a sniff from the Kevin Durant/Kawhi Leonard/Kyrie Irving tier of free agents. I likewise continue to believe that Golden State’s Klay Thompson is 100 percent staying put with the Warriors and will not consider external suitors.
Sources say Boston ownership and senior leadership in Ainge and coach Brad Stevens agreed before the trade deadline that the team was moving forward with the current roster — which owners believed was ready for a title run — and not to make moves that would impact the roster’s chances of competing in the East, such as listening to offers for Irving. The Celtics’ leaders believed the team was built for a title. The Clippers made a preliminary call to Boston on Irving prior to the Harris trade to Philadelphia, league sources said. A quick no was given.
Do the Celtics still want to lock Irving up for the long term? “Yes,” team president Danny Ainge told The Crossover. Has anything that has happened this season made Ainge rethink that position? “No,” Ainge said.
“I don’t think free agency is wearing on him,” says Ainge. “I think that not being able to live up to expectations as a team is wearing on him more than that. But I feel like he’s in a good place. And ending the season and starting the playoffs I feel like his mind is in a fresher place than it was a few weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to great things with Kyrie.”
Ainge believes in Irving. They don’t text daily, but Ainge says they do talk regularly. “There’s moments where he’s happy and things are going well [and] there’s moments where he’s frustrated and wishes things were different and talks about how can we get better,” Ainge said. “But one thing I like about Kyrie is he does want to get better himself. I mean he wants to take responsibility. He wants to carry a load and knows that he is capable, because of his experience and how a good player he is, that he’s capable of carrying a bigger load than a lot of guys on the team.”
The belief is that Durant will only join the Knicks if another high-level free agent agrees to sign with the Knicks as well. The most likely candidate is the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, who coincidentally won a championship in Cleveland as Robin to LeBron’s Batman. He could fill that same role at MSG. So sure are some executives and player agents of a Durant-Irving pairing in New York that one agent told The Athletic that Durant and Irving are debating on who will sign first.
According to NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith, while there is no guarantee that Irving will end up with the Lakers, his sources can confirm that the All-Star guard will be open to a meeting with the Purple and Gold officials to see what they have to offer. “I’m told Kyrie Irving will grant the Lakers an interview this offseason. The Lakers will have an opp to get Kyrie Irving to come to LA. I did not say he’s coming to LA! I did not say that! I don’t know what he’s gonna do, but during his free-agent tour, I’m told he’ll give the Lakers an interview.
I want to end by talking about this summer’s top free agents. I want to throw some different names at you and then you tell me what you predict the player will do and what you hope they do. Let’s start with Kevin Durant. Jalen Rose: If it was up to me, I’d actually like to see Kevin Durant remain a member of the Golden State Warriors. The last time I checked, he’s been there two years and won two championships and been named Finals MVP twice. That’s the mic drop. Now, if he decides to leave, I believe he’s going to end up a member of the New York Knicks. Same with Kyrie Irving. I would like to see him stay with the Boston Celtics. They have arguably the best general manager (Danny Ainge) and coach (Brad Stevens) in the game, they’ve won the most championships, they have terrific young talent and they could possibly get up to four draft picks in the first round this summer. I would like to see him stay in Boston. But if he decides to leave, I think he also ends up with the Knickerbockers.
I want to end by talking about this summer’s top free agents. I want to throw some different names at you and then you tell me what you predict the player will do and what you hope they do. Let’s start with Kevin Durant. Jalen Rose: If it was up to me, I’d actually like to see Kevin Durant remain a member of the Golden State Warriors. The last time I checked, he’s been there two years and won two championships and been named Finals MVP twice. That’s the mic drop. Now, if he decides to leave, I believe he’s going to end up a member of the New York Knicks. Same with Kyrie Irving. I would like to see him stay with the Boston Celtics. They have arguably the best general manager (Danny Ainge) and coach (Brad Stevens) in the game, they’ve won the most championships, they have terrific young talent and they could possibly get up to four draft picks in the first round this summer. I would like to see him stay in Boston. But if he decides to leave, I think he also ends up with the Knickerbockers.
Windhorst recently discussed the relationship on ESPN Radio (around the 28-minute mark): "I was talking to some people who were with 'Team Free Agent', I mean 'Team LeBron' at All-Star, and they said that Kyrie and KD were like a middle school couple that weekend. Eating together. ... Doing drills together at practice. 'I'll rebound for you. You rebound for me. I'll post you up. You post me up.' They were eating together. They went to Miami together after the weekend."
David Locke: Does Kyrie Irving play with Kevin Durant next year? Sam Amick: This is where it gets tricky. I say no and now I don't know who Kevin's playing with and now I don't feel great about my last answer. I was just around Boston and Kyrie took a turn for the better, and so that's where it gets tricky. I know for a fact, they [New York] are searching for who that second guy would be if it's not gonna be Kyrie.
In theory, keeping Irving as a happy Celtic would make Boston a more attractive long-term home for Davis. Several league front office executives I spoke with wondered: Would Irving sign a two-year contract with a player option for the second season to align his free agency with Davis’s? Irving might be prickly with the media and even those within the organization, but he is popular with fans, and players around the league like him. Irving has influence.
Jay King: Kyrie on video with Durant: “It’s a video of me and one of my best friends talking. And then it turns out to be a dissection of a free agency meeting? Do you get that? Like, do you get that? And then I’m asked questions about that? That’s what disconnects me from all that shit.”
Brian Heyman: I asked Enes Kanter if he would recommend the #Knicks for Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving or any of big FAs this summer: "Of course. It’s a very good organization. Good people. … Amazing city. So I think that they have a really good chance to get good superstars.” #NBA #nyknicks
Kyrie Irving made headlines last week, commenting “I don’t owe anybody sh--” regarding his supposed obligation to remain in Boston when he hits free agency. Two days later, Irving decimated the Oklahoma City Thunder to lead the Celtics to a home win on Sunday. Did Kyrie’s comments negatively affect the team, or was that not an issue? Al Horford: I know things are being said in the media, but we’re not talking with each other about the off-season or about what’s going to happen with the team next season. We’re enjoying this journey we’re in together. At the end of the day, that’s all we’re concerned with. We’re trying to compete for a championship.
Chris Forsberg: Danny Ainge on @toucherandrich expresses confidence that Kyrie Irving still plans to re-sign this summer. Compares it to an engagement before wedding. “We can’t make those vows … until July 1. … We still have a date.” Said they’ve had good talks since his New York chatter.
While questions about the long-term Celtic futures of Irving and perhaps Davis loom, sources said it has been made clear from ownership down that the focus of this season should be on trying to win a championship now. Within the organization, there is a belief that it remains possible, and the fact that the Celtics have won 10 of their last 11 games, have the third-best net rating in the league, and have generally thrived when healthy has served as evidence.
Marc Stein: "The Knicks and the Nets, both New York teams, have believed quietly for a long time that they’re going to have a shot at Kyrie Irving in free agency. It’s not like the teams interested in him heard what he said in October and said ‘oh well, we’ve got no shot, Kyrie is staying in Boston.’ These teams are going to try … They will definitely go after Kyrie this summer."
Marc Stein: "There are some people around the league who watched the events of last week when Kyrie said what he said and have watched all month as Kyrie and LeBron have seemingly lobbed Valentine’s back and forth to each other about how much they miss each other. Now, there is a sense that what if the Lakers could Anthony Davis AND Kyrie? And they’re the ones who steal Kyrie Irving away from the Celtics and not the Knicks … There are people who believe that is the grand Laker plan.“
Boston, for its part, remains cautiously optimistic about keeping Irving, though the events of the past week -- Irving's comments, New York opening up a second maximum salary slot -- have shaken them. But Boston is always confident. That is Ainge's default mindset. The league at large is much less confident, but it is hard to say who knows what, and with what level of reliability. The postseason could be really telling for so many of this summer's headliner free agents.
They all are keenly aware of what Irving’s done and said this season, and explaining it isn’t so easy. Several agreed that, when the Bryant-Irving relationship was explained to them by The Athletic, perhaps Irving is just living out the advice from his idol. “Yeah, I guess,” Al Horford said. “You know, sometimes, some drastic things need to happen, some things need to be said.” Added Marcus Smart: “I can tell you that what he’s doing, it’s working. Causing conflict, if that’s what he’s doing, it’s working.”
But the Celtics remain quietly confident that they are on the same page with Irving, maintaining constant communication with the All-Star guard. “A partnership,” is how one source described the Celtics relationship with Irving, who has been frustrated—like many inside Boston’s locker room—by the uneven play this season but has been positive, publicly and privately, about the direction of the franchise. The root of his frustration, a former teammate of Irving’s told SI.com, could have little to do with Boston at all. Irving hates the narrative that other players (Kevin Durant in New York; Davis in Boston) can influence his decision, the ex-teammate said. He gets frustrated when he feels people are trying to manipulate him. In his mind, it doesn’t matter if it’s Davis or James—he’s going to do whatever he wants to do, and to assume otherwise is disrespectful.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Danny Ainge has encouraged the Pelicans to wait until the offseason to negotiate with the Celtics. Boston remains determined to try and partner Anthony Davis with Kyrie Irving for long-term, but plans to pursue AD regardless of Irving's free agency plans, per sources.
Boston's plan to pursue Davis remains unaffected by whatever decision Irving might make in summer free agency, league sources said. Irving, 26, had previously said he planned to re-sign with the Celtics in the summer but has recently wavered in public on that promise. While the Celtics can't be positive on Irving's forthcoming decision in July, they do remain confident that he'll choose to stay in Boston, sources said. The Celtics also believe that a deal for Davis would help solidify his confidence in re-signing with the organization, sources said.
Speaking to reporters in New York, where Irving, should he decline Boston’s five-year, $189 million offer in free agency, could wind up, maybe with Warriors star Kevin Durant, Irving said “ask me July 1” when asked about his past commitment to the Celtics. Guess what? James approved of Irving’s comments Friday. “He handled it great,” James said. “His post interview was great as well. Just a lot of things that’s going on in our league right now, and the one thing you want to focus on is getting that team to place where he wanted it to be, and that’s competing for a championship.”
On Jan. 16, Irving said he called James to, in his words, apologize “for “being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything at my threshold.” Irving, a proclaimed leader on the Celtics now, said he was dealing with the same things from Boston’s younger players that James saw from Irving and other youngsters in Cleveland. Sources said the pains Irving’s experienced with some teammates is a reason he’s considering leaving the Celtics.
Zion Williamson was alerted after Saturday's game to a New York newspaper back page, which featured an edited image of stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, along with himself, in Knicks jerseys, and even he couldn't help but smile about the potential. "I mean, it would be dope to play with KD and Kyrie, but whichever team drafts me, I'll be ready to play hard and work," he said.
Chris Mannix on Kyrie Irving: "They talk to him all the time. And as recently as Thursday, I was told that this week they talked to Kyrie and they still feel very comfortable that he wants to be in Boston and that this is where he's going to be long-term."
But while Irving said all the right things before this season began, things haven't gone according to plan during it, as virtually everyone involved with the Celtics has been some combination of disappointed and frustrated by how this season has played out so far. That has been especially true with regard to Irving, multiple sources said, due to a variety of factors.
Chris Forsberg: Kyrie, after seeking out his dad in MSG crowd to give jersey, was asked in ESPN walkoff about Knicks fans chanting for him. “At this point it’s nothing but a distraction, honestly. ... it’s really about our team now and what we want to accomplish and that’s a championship.”
The Knicks’ surprising blockbuster trade of Porzingis to the Mavericks essentially wiped clean New York’s payroll, putting them in prime position to sign two superstars, with Kevin Durant and Irving as the primary targets. Thursday evening’s rumor mill suggested that Davis believes Irving will sign with the Knicks. Don’t put too much stock in that, however. For one thing, front-office sources around the league believe that’s a smokescreen scare tactic as Davis’ agent tries to push him to the Lakers. Uncertainty about what the Celtics might offer works heavily in the Lakers' favor.
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Hey Chris, can you see Kyrie joining LeBron in LA? Chris Fedor: Before answering, let me direct you to my recent piece where I asked numerous Cavaliers this very question. The consensus from them: It’s Irving. He’s wired different. He can be moody. What he thinks now may not be the same in three weeks or even three months. He likes to keep people guessing and is always looking for the next challenge. While I wouldn’t completely rule out Irving and James reuniting in Los Angeles, it's tough to see LA being Irving’s top choice this summer. Think about why he wanted out of Cleveland. The status quo hasn't changed.
Davis' camp has let it be known he doesn't consider the Celtics a long-term home because he doesn't believe Irving plans to re-sign with the Celtics next season, sources said. The New York Knicks' stunning salary-dump trade that moved out Porzingis on Thursday cleared enough salary-cap space for the team to chase both Kevin Durant and Irving in free agency.
For all the talk of Irving’s recent apology to LeBron James and the idea that Irving might renege on his October promise to re-sign in order to reunite with his former Cleveland Cavaliers co-star with the Lakers, a source with knowledge of the Celtics’ thinking said there is little to no concern about that prospect within their green walls.
New York will target the top players on the market, which is expected to include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving. Some close to Durant see New York as a possible landing spot for the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP if he chooses to leave Golden State, according to league sources.
The Knicks get a point guard of the future in Smith, who had a triple-double at the Garden on Wednesday night, and should now have enough cap space for two maximum free agents — with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving squarely on their radar. A source said general manager Scott Perry and Mavs chief Donnie Nelson were behind closed doors at the Garden discussing scenarios when the Mavericks faced the Knicks on Wednesday night.
“I talk to Kyrie on a daily basis and see him all the time,” Ainge said. “None of this stuff that’s out in the media this week that people have brought to my attention really matters to me. Just, we need to sell our team, our players. We need to sell free agents-to-be that are out there, potential free agents, our own players that this is a place they want to be on a regular basis.
Brian Robb: Danny Ainge to @Toucherandrich on Kyrie rumors: "I talk to Kyrie on a daily basis and see him all the time... I feel like Kyrie likes it in Boston... We need to sell our team and our players and free agents to be... Of course, we want to keep Kyrie and time will tell."
There have been reports to the contrary — that he is strongly weighing his options and perhaps even leaning toward the door — but one source very close to the situation laughed and suggested that sowing doubt regarding Irving is in the best interest of others who are, of course, free to pursue their agendas.
Regarding team preferences, Boston is not a top target for Davis, sources said. There’s a growing belief of uncertainty that Kyrie Irving will re-sign with Boston, sources said, even though he vowed to do so at the beginning of the season.
Regarding team preferences, Boston is not a top target for Davis, sources said. There’s a growing belief of uncertainty that Kyrie Irving will not re-sign with Boston, sources said, even though he vowed to do so at the beginning of the season.
Chris, you know LeBron James and you know Kyrie Irving. Can you see him seriously considering the Lakers at this point? Chris Haynes: "I can't, because you've gotta hold him to his word. [He's] the one that came out unprompted and said he's gonna be a Celtic next year. So I haven't heard anything on the grapevine that suggests Kyrie - this is the first I've heard that he could be thinking about joining the Lakers. But I wouldn't put it past - all these teams have an obligation to check on all the free agents and gauge their interest, so I definitely think the Lakers and a number of other teams will do their due diligence but I gotta take Kyrie by his word. He said he's gonna be a Celtic.
Chtis Haynes: It's different when a player, because we hear it all the time, when players say, 'I would love to be here. This is home to me. I've grown up and became a leader here.' But to say, 'I'm coming back,' that's a little too far to turn back on right now. So that would be news to me...as far as his ties to the Lakers. I expect him to be back [with the Celtics]."
Smith continued: “And so now we have a situation where I know nothing about this. I haven’t asked. I’m just referring to a text I received last night. I will never say who it is. Never. But it says, ‘Hey, a bit easier to come to LA now.’ And you have people in the NBA that are now believing if indeed the Boston Celtics, loaded with talent, Danny Ainge being the genius that he is as an executive, knowing that he has enough talent not to stick with Kyrie … All of the sudden there’s another guy that’s gonna be on the free agent market this summer. It’s gonna be Kyrie Irving.”
The cap space for New York in 2019-20 now projects to be $29.5M after the Allonzo Trier signing ($3.55M cap hit). The room takes into account: 1) All free agent cap holds renounced except for Kristaps Porzingis 2) Waiving the non-guaranteed contract of Lance Thomas 3) Their own first round pick. The projected max for a player with 7-9 years of service like Kyrie Irving is $32.7M and for 10+ years like Kevin Durant $38.15M.
Up in the land of Kyrie, Knicks coach David Fizdale gave his strongest case yet that the Knicks have become an attractive free-agent destination after 25 games on the job. The Knicks are closing in on having cap space for a maximum salary this summer but have work to do. Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, a Northern Jersey product, was considered their best chance until he proclaimed he will re-sign, but that is no guarantee after the Celtics’ sluggish start. Irving’s backup, Terry Rozier, is also a restricted free agent, and the two of them may not be able to coexist long term. The Knicks like Rozier a lot, according to a source.
The Knicks are closing in on having cap space for a maximum salary this summer but have work to do. Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, a Northern Jersey product, was considered their best chance until he proclaimed he will re-sign, but that is no guarantee after the Celtics’ sluggish start. Irving’s backup, Terry Rozier, is also a restricted free agent, and the two of them may not be able to coexist long term. The Knicks like Rozier a lot, according to a source.
As any college coach will tell you, a verbal commitment is just that. Also, the Celtics will probably be willing to make the five-year offer to Irving, but that's not in stone at this point with Irving's history of injuries and many months to go. Plenty of executives have the magnet with Irving's name on it slapped in the "UFA" (unrestricted free agent) column on their whiteboards.
Irving, 26, and from nearby West Orange, N.J., is the type of electrifying floor leader the Knicks have coveted since Walt Frazier. Or at least since Mark Jackson was competing for playing time with Irving’s godfather, Rod Strickland. In their wildest dreams, the Knicks envision a lineup featuring – drum roll, please — Irving, a healthy Porzingis and Kevin Durant. (We did say dream.) If you thought LeBron’s home debut on Saturday in Los Angeles was a big deal, just image the hysteria next October if the Knicks pull that one off. “Kyrie can play anywhere and deal with any type of pressure,” Strickland said over the telephone.
Kyrie Irving publicly committed earlier this month to re-signing with the Celtics, but the All-Star point guard admits he would have given “strong consideration” to joining up with David Fizdale, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks as a free agent next summer. “I mean, every team was under consideration, but obviously New York held a special place for me,” Irving said after Boston edged the Knicks, 103-101, Saturday night at the Garden. “Just being from [New] Jersey and envisioning myself as a free agent and ultimately taking a meeting and playing for Fiz and the great young core they have here, thinking about playing with KP, that was a big thing before I made my decision to sign back — or, I don’t want to get in trouble, to plan on re-signing back — with Boston. “But yeah, of course, New York was a strong consideration.”
Ian Begley: A mix of cheers and boos for Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during intros at Madison Square Garden. I'm sure plenty of people in the building still hope Irving considers the Knicks in free agency. He's said he plans to re-sign with Boston.
“The fact that he wanted to announce that and just get it out there was not surprising to us,” Ainge said. “We felt like we were going to move forward with Kyrie for years to come. We had talked about it a little bit, but I guess that was just when he was ready to tell everybody he wanted to stay.”
Jay King: Wyc Grousbeck gushes about Kyrie Irving as a player and human, then adds, “I’m really honored that he will plan to consider us next summer.” Grousbeck is pumped about the Celtics and Kyrie, but sounds like he knows there’s nothing concrete about a commitment at this point.
Though most stars go through the actual process of free agency recruiting before making a decision, Irving made the unorthodox choice to declare his aim nine months before he can officially sign a five-year, $189-million max contract. The Celtics know nothing can be finalized until July, when free agency begins, but were thrilled to hear of the five-time All-Star’s verbal long-term commitment. As one team source said, “Everybody’s happy.”
Kevin Love, Irving’s friend and former teammate on the Cavs, told Cleveland reporters Friday: “Boston’s a great place, they’re building something, they have a team that can switch 1 through 5, they can throw different guys into the lineup, they’ve got a great coach. “Am I surprised he said that? No,” Love said. “I’m more surprised that they asked the question in front of all the people. Eight, nine, 10 months away.”
If they do, the Celtics will be one of the obvious suitors, with Brown, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Robert Williams and/or a number of future picks including a possible top-five selection to dangle. Even if Tatum’s off the table, Boston would be able to field a competitive offer. Several league sources have said they believe Davis could end up either with the Celtics or Lakers if the Pelicans were to move him. If he landed with the Celtics, he’d be reunited with former Team USA teammate Irving. The two have already spoken about what it would be like to play together in Boston, according to a league source.
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James is finalizing a destination to host the team’s annual minicamp prior to training camp, with San Diego being the likely landing space over Las Vegas, sources said. He’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 he’s with the organization, sources said.
And while contract dialogue was broached, the majority of the hour-long meeting was about expressing concerns, and hearing out strategies and opinions to assure there wouldn’t be a repeat of last season’s epic failure, league sources told Yahoo Sports. James, sources said, drilled home the importance of consistent competitiveness and cohesion, noting that last season’s team didn’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.? — @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 — be it a pick swap or two second-round picks — that’s a win for them, in my opinion. That seems unlikely, though, which is why there’s a possibility Westbrook isn’t traded. Between the two trades mentioned, the Lakers would prefer the Irving option. I think that’s a deal they’d eventually be willing to include two first-round picks for. I don’t think they’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 a source told The Post about his feelings Monday. “I am not sure where this narrative is coming from but Kyrie does not hate Steve nor Sean. That’s not a part of his being nor how he represents himself in the world. He’s about peace, love and acceptance,” his agent and stepmother Shetallia Riley Irving told The Post.
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