Another trade gives the Los Angeles Lakers a chance to solve their problems and this time Rob Pelinka may get a talented sharpshooter. The Lakers have been linked to several players, but Pelinka has yet to make a move.
Sam Quinn from CBS Sports has a nice suggestion for the Lakers. According to him, the Lakers can get rid of Russell Westbrook. This trade sends Kyrie Irving and Buddy Hield to LA. The Indiana Pacers would get Russ and a 2029 first-round pick and the Nets will get Talen Horton-Tucker, a 2027 first-rounder and two future second-rounders.
Irving has been linked to the Lakers for a really long time. The Nets are now trying to find a trade partner for Kevin Durant. Keeping Irving on the roster wasn’t really a top priority for the team.
According to Marc Stein, LA should go for Eric Gordon. Of course, Pelinka would pull this move only if Irving’s story gets stuck in the middle of nowhere.
“I tend to agree with the notion that the Lakers, above all, would also prefer to hold off on secondary trades, like the various Indiana options or a potential Eric Gordon deal with Houston until they know that acquiring Kyrie Irving from Brooklyn is no longer an option,” Stein wrote on July 25.
Trade gives the Lakers a chance to get another sharpshooter
Irving has a chance to make a move, but it seems like he won’t go anywhere this summer.
“Kyrie Irving opted in with the full intent of playing out next season as a Brooklyn Net,” Shams Charania reported. “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.”
Let’s see what happens later this summer. Pelinka has a few great options on the table and he should play smart this time.