NBA: After Kyrie Irving, the Lakers want another All-Star
While the Los Angeles Lakers recently extended the contract of LeBron James, the Angelinos are now looking to strengthen their workforce in order to satisfy their star. Kyrie Irving was one of the options discussed, but the point guard is expected to stay with the Brooklyn Nets. Under these conditions, the Lakers could attempt a trade with the Utah Jazz for Donovan Mitchell.
It was the bomb this Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in the NBA: Kevin Durant will stay at the Brooklyn Nets. After weeks of arm wrestling, it seems that the New York franchise has won. She announced in a press release, through the voice of her general manager Sean Marks that » Steve Nash and I, along with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday. Together, we agreed to continue our association. We are now focused on basketball, with one goal in mind: to build a franchise that lasts to bring the title back to Brooklyn.. This news will be able to unlock the situation of other players, the majority of franchises NBA waiting for the outcome of this file for almost two months.
Durant and Irving remain at the Nets
It is now done. The fact that Kevin Durant agrees to continue the adventure with the netproves that this should also be the case for Kyrie Irving. The 30-year-old leader had expressed doubts about his future at the end of last season, before changing his mind. Recently, Shams Charania revealed that » the Nets have made it clear to interested teams that they plan to retain Kyrie Irving. Sources say he had a constructive dialogue with the team during the offseason. Among these famous interested teams, there would be in particular the Los Angeles Lakers. The Angelinos want to strengthen their workforce, after a disappointing season at the end of which they finished in 11th place in the Western Conference.
Lakers interested in Donovan Mitchell
The track leading to Kyrie Irving therefore seems dead and buried. Other options are explored and according to the information of the journalist John Gambadorothem Lakers would be interested in an All-Star player, former teammate of Rudy Gobert at theutah jazz : Donovan Mitchell. » Two things about Donovan Mitchell. The Hawks, Heat and Kings are not interested, contrary to what may have been written. The Knicks still have the best package to offer, but other interested teams include Cleveland, Washington, Charlotte, the Lakers and Brooklyn. And no, the Jazz never asked for 7 first draft rounds! he said of the 25-year-old full-back. After sending Rudy Gobert to Minnesota Timberwolvesthe Jazz wants to rebuild and could let go of its star in order to recover draft picks.
Couple things on Donovan Mitchell. The Hawks, Heat & Kings are NOT interested contrary to reports. Knicks still have the best package to offer but other teams interested are Cleveland, Washington, Charlotte, LA Lakers & Brooklyn. And no the Jazz never asked for 7 1st round picks!
—John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) August 23, 2022
Jazz in reconstruction
Draft picks that the Lakers would now be inclined to let go on their side. Whereas Rob Pelinka hesitated to part with it to recruit, the general manager of Angelinos would now be ready to include them in a trade. These draft picks in question are for 2027 and 2029. It remains to be seen which package the Lakers may well offer in exchange for Donovan Mitchell. Because it is not two first draft rounds that will be enough to attract number 45 of the Jazz. They will most likely want to include Russell Westbrook in the operation, but not sure thatUtah be interested in getting him back, while the plan is to rebuild the team.