The Los Angeles Lakers have quietly emerged as a very serious contender to steal Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets.
At this point, it is something of an open secret that Irving is strongly considering opting into his $36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 season and then waiting for a trade.
The Lakers are a front-runner as a landing spot, as evidenced by the secret meetings Irving and LeBron James allegedly have been holding.
There is just one problem. They don’t have the money that Irving wants. And as noted by ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst on Thursday, if Irving really wants to come to L.A. and wear purple and gold, he will likely have to settle for a pay cut.
A mid-level exception type of pay cut.