Many thought that Kyrie Irving would join the Los Angeles Lakers through a trade. The Brooklyn Nets didn’t pay much attention to his situation, because they were focused on Kevin Durant and his trade request. Finding a good deal for KD was a priority for the franchise.
Shams Charania from The Athletic reported that Irving will be a Nets player in the upcoming season.
“Kyrie Irving opted in with the full intent of playing out next season as a Brooklyn Net,” Charania said. “From everything that I’ve been told, in his mind, he’s playing next year in Brooklyn – with or without Kevin Durant. Irving opted in, there was an understanding that he was going to make the best decision for himself, and Durant will be making his decision as well. From everything I’ve been told, Kyrie Irving has made his intent, he wants to play out next season in Brooklyn and be an unrestricted free agent next summer.”
Kyrie Irving not joining the Lakers through a trade, Rob Pelinka has a backup plan
This is a big blow for those Lakers fans who wanted to see Irving join LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Both LeBron and AD wanted the Lakers to trade for the Nets veteran. His decision to stay with the Nets will change the entire gameplan.
Let’s go back to the Lakers. They have a big issue in Russell Westbrook. Rob Pelinka had a chance to trade him given that Russ Struggled to make an impact. The Lakers traded for him, but he was of no help for the team.
The Lakers have Darvin Ham leading the team. He will replace Frank Vogel, and hopefully, set up a good base for Westbrook. The veteran attended his introductory press conference and Ham spoke highly about his player. We have a few good reasons to note that Ham will do his best to make Westbrook fit in the team. Let’s see what happens by the end of this summer. It’s an important summer for Westbrook. If he doesn’t make an impact on the football field, his career may end sooner than expected.