Kyrie Irving may have opted into the final year of his contract with the Nets, but with Kevin Durant now publicly seeking a trade, it’s been reported that Irving is already lining up his potential options to play elsewhere.
The list of teams willing to part with assets for Irving is short, but the Lakers are believed to have interest in reuniting Irving with LeBron James – and Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reports that the two teams are in talks about a blockbuster trade involving a former league MVP.
According to Yahoo, the Nets want to send Irving and Joe Harris to Los Angeles in exchange for a package that includes Westbrook and draft compensation – but the Lakers would rather have Seth Curry – who is on a much more team-friendly contract – over Harris.
“Irving, 30, and Westbrook, 33, used their player options to opt into the final year of their deals for the 2022-23 season, valued at $36.5 million and $47 million, respectively.
The Nets are not expected to be rushed into a deal and will continue conversing the complex specifics with the Lakers on an Irving-Westbrook swap. Brooklyn is also listening to proposals from nearly half of the league attempting to make a play on Kevin Durant”