Lakers fans around the globe woke up to a firestorm of news on Monday morning. After reports of Kyrie Irving’s desire to leave the Nets went public, it wasn’t long before the Purple and Gold were named as the primary landing spot for his services.
At one point, the Lakers apparently put together an offer for Irving that included disgruntled veteran point guard Russell Westbrook, who just played the worst season of his life.
While Nets GM Sean Marks and superstar forward Kevin Durant have yet to speak this offseason, Irving’s camp has requested and received permission from the Nets to speak with other teams about sign-and-trade packages, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Which brings us to a sign-and-trade, and Irving reportedly has six teams on his radar: the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, 76ers and Mavericks. A Durant and Westbrook reunion in Brooklyn remains unlikely, according to a source. The Knicks, Mavericks and Heat are the teams that have the biggest capacity to pull off a deal for Irving, but the Knicks and Mavericks appear to be in a bidding war over free agent guard Jalen Brunson.