Despite all the rumors, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are a long way from a deal for Kyrie Irving.
Negotiating for superstar players is never easy, especially when their contracts are of significant value. Of course, another part of the problem is the Nets’ reluctance to accept Westbrook as part of the deal, given his poor showing last season and his $47 million contract for next season.
Fortunately, the business machine seems to have all the answersthough it involves four teams and plans to be a bit wild – but it solves each team’s most pressing problem, while landing everyone the star they most covet.
The Brooklyn Nets get: Russell Westbrook, Julius Randle, Derrick Rose
Utah Jazz gets: Kevin Durant
The New York Knicks get: Donovan Mitchell
The Los Angeles Lakers get: Kyrie Irving, Patrick Beverley
Of course, draft picks will be included in this type of mega-deal, with the Utah Jazz and Nets likely picking up a few first-round players in exchange for severing their talent at the franchise level.
LeBron wants Lakers to trade Westbrook
After an abysmal first season in Los Angeles, it looks like Westbrook’s immediate future is a long way off for the Lakers, especially given how quickly his relationship with the fans deteriorated towards the end of last season.
During a July 11 episode of ESPN’s Get UpBrian Windhorst spoke about Westbrook and LeBron’s relationship, noting how bad things are going as the star guard is clearly aware of LeBron’s wish to trade him for Kyrie Irving.
“A year ago, everything LeBron and Westbrook did, they were like arm-in-arm throughout the season. So there’s no doubt about the erosion of their relationship here. We know that Westbrook at the end of the season talked about LeBron and Anthony Davis paying lip service to letting him play his game. We also know that of course LeBron wants the roster updated to include Kyrie Irving, and that means trading Westbrook,” Windhorst said during the episode.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear the Nets are interested in acquiring Westbrook in a trade for Irving, which is why additional teams may be needed to get the deal done.
Westbrook Fire Officer
Despite all the rhetoric about the success of his second season in Los Angeles, Westbrook has begun to make his own moves, as he begins to seek opportunities elsewhere in the league.
After working together for 14 years, Westbrook fired his agent, Thad Foucher, as the pair continued to disagree over his best option moving forward. Following the split between the star guard and the agent, Foucher released a statement via ESPNwith him citing irreconcilable differences between the pair.
“My belief is that this type of transaction only serves to diminish Russell’s value and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, to embrace the starting role and the support that Darvin Ham has publicly offered. Russell is a first-round Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame player and will prove it again before retiring.
Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences exist as to his best path forward, and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and his family the best,” foucher wrote:.
So, it looks like Westbrook has taken LeBron’s hint and is looking for a way out of Lakerland, and will be sure to explore all potential avenues before recommitting to Los Angeles for the upcoming season.
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