NBA Trade Rumors: The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly not being aggressive when it comes to their pursuit of Kyrie Irving.
When the offseason began, there was not much hope surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and their ability to significantly upgrade their roster. However, that sentiment has slowly begun to change thanks to Kyrie Irving.
There has been plenty of momentum that has linked Kyrie to Los Angeles. They have held talks but nothing has materialized just yet. Though, at least for now, the expectation is that Kyrie will eventually land with the Lakers.
Although, according to a recent report, the Lakers haven’t felt the need to be all that aggressive just yet when it comes to acquiring Kyrie. And this could be for several reasons. For one, the Lakers may not seem to have a need to be aggressive.
Let’s be honest, the Lakers have what they have when it comes to trade assets. They have a huge expiring contract in Russell Westbrook. Talen Horton-Tucker, who they probably don’t want to trade for Kyrie, and a first-round pick that they could trade.
If Brooklyn trades Kyrie to the Lakers, it’s probably just going to be a contract swap and MAYBE a pick. If the Nets are able to pry that away from the Lakers, that’d be a huge win.
Additionally, the Lakers may not feel the need to be aggressive because there are probably not that many other suitors for Kyrie. If there are any at all.
Kyrie’s trade value is at an all-time low and the only other teams that have been linked to him have been the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers. And, quite frankly, neither of those two teams really makes that much sense as a landing spot.
So, it should really come as no surprise that the Lakers haven’t been aggressive when it comes to a Kyrie pursuit. After all, there’s no real reason to and the last thing Los Angeles would want is to start a bidding way against itself.