With the 2022-2023 NBA season still over a month away, the Brooklyn Nets have yet to resolve issues with some of their stars, including Kyrie Irving.
Irving’s name has been tied to the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the offseason. At the same time, a deal has yet to come to fruition, as the Lakers were reportedly unwilling to include first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 in exchange for Irving.
However, according to Kristian Winfield of the Daily News, the Lakers have had a change of heart.
Winfield says the Lakers are now willing to include both picks in a deal for Irving; however, that doesn’t mean a deal is imminent.
The Lakers reportedly want to include Russell Westbrook and his $47M salary next season in any trade for Irving. So far, the Nets have balked at taking on nine-time All-Star.
Los Angeles made a concession, so perhaps Brooklyn will do the same to get a deal done. Only time will tell.
If the two sides can come to an agreement, it won’t necessarily be a surprise. Last month, despite reports to the contrary, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said he believed a trade would “eventually” get done, but it’d “be a fight along the way.”
The Nets must also find a resolution for the Kevin Durant headache. On Wednesday, a report emerged that Durant has now added the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as “welcome landing” spots.