According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers are unlikely to pursue veteran guard Kyrie Irving due to a lack of salary cap space.
The Lakers would need to renounce the free agent rights of D’Angelo Russell and Rui Hachimura, decline Malik Beasley’s team option, and waive Jarred Vanderbilt and Mo Bama to create cap space.
“Choosing Irving would essentially force the Lakers to punt on their trade deadline additions. To create cap space, they would need to renounce the free-agent rights of Russell and Rui Hachimura, decline a team option on Beasley and waive Vanderbilt and Mo Bamba. (Vanderbilt’s 2023-24 contract is partially guaranteed, while Bamba’s is fully unguaranteed.) The Lakers could technically keep Reaves (due to his $2.1 million cap hold) and/or Vanderbilt (because of his small $4.7 million contract), but that would require persuading Irving to take an even steeper pay cut.”