LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are good again, but the Los Angeles Lakers may not make a move to get the king’s former teammate. The Lakers have been linked to the NBA veteran for quite some time and his situation in the league made him a good option for many teams.
The Dallas Mavericks veteran will enter the open market this summer. Will the Lakers use this opportunity to sign him? Irving could easily become the third option behind LeBron and Anthony Davis.
Well, the Lakers look good right now and they may not need another star. Tim Cato from The Athletic reported that the franchise is happy with the latest roster moves and won’t really consider adding Irving to the roster.
“No matter how close Irving might be to James, the Lakers are disinterested in pursuing him in free agency, say league sources, who like all unnamed sources in this article were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly,” Cato reported. “To acquire him would require jettisoning several deadline acquisitions who have helped revitalize their season and land them in a second-round series against the Golden State Warriors.”
Irving made a few stops in the NBA, but wasn’t really lucky. He was part of the Big 3 in Brooklyn, but the Nets didn’t get the best of him. Add in the COVID controversy to get a clearer picture. Irving parted ways with the Nets and joined the Dallas Mavericks through a trade. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Dallas missed the postseason which puts Irving in a really uncomfortable position. Cato does believe that the Mavericks will try to keep Irving on their roster.
Lakers focused on current roster, signing Irving is not a reliable scenario
Instead of going after Irving and big names like him, the Lakers could focus on D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves. Russell will be unrestricted free agent in the offseason and young Reaves will be restricted free agent. LA can’t lose these two because they became key players on the floor. The team made the postseason and even beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs and both players contributed to this success.