The Lakers continue to focus on Keri Irvingbut is unlikely to be a file Networks He will give it up without choosing at least one first turn in return, Mark Stein wrote in his book Substack’s latest column. Irving was in Los Angeles this week to watch the WNBA’s Sparks, which Stein described as making his “current L.A. presence known loudly.”
Although Irving clearly desires to be reunited with his former teammate LeBron JamesStein says the Lakers aren’t making any promises behind the scenes. Director general Rob Pelinka He said in a TV interview Friday that he is still working to upgrade the roster, but league rules prevent him from speaking specifically about a potential deal for Irving.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated explained that the Lakers’ concerns about overspending could be a major obstacle to closing the deal. audio notation (Hint hat to Eric Eulau from SI’s Lakers page). Although they’re among the most valuable teams in the NBA, the Mannix call the Lakers “a mom-and-pop organization masquerading as a multi-billion dollar franchise” and say they’re reluctant to bear all the costs that would be needed to convince Brooklyn to make a deal.
“There’s not much appetite in Los Angeles at this point to rack up all the money they’ll have to take in to be a team deeper into luxury taxes and a first-round thorn in return,” he said. Mannix said. “As long as that’s the asking price, the Lakers won’t get their hands on Kyrie Irving.”
There is more from Los Angeles:
- Pelinka’s next priority will be finding more shooters, Stein adds in the same piece. The Lakers have been linked to Pacers” Friends Hield and the missiles” Eric Gordonwho were Pelinka customers when he was an agent.
- A source tells Stein that LA may not have enough assets to acquire both Hield and Miles Turner from Indiana. Reports have called them “key targets” if the Lakers can’t work out a deal for Irving.
- Stein adds that Pelinka’s willingness to meet the Brooklyn-for-Irving price tag could be affected by James’ upcoming extension date. Starting August 4, James will be eligible to sign a two-year extension worth roughly $100 million, and Stein suggests Pelinka might want to strike a big deal by then to ensure his star is happy.
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