Shams Charania: Sources: Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options with his future. This now opens the path for Kyrie Irving to proceed on finding a new home via opt-in and trade.
– via Twitter ShamsCharania
Kyrie Irving has list of teams he’d like them to consider on sign-and-trades
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: If Kyrie Irving can’t reach an agreement to stay with Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like them to consider on sign-and-trades, including Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers. None of those teams have cap space to sign him without Nets’ help. Those are teams who Irving has interest in, but he isn’t necessarily a priority for all of them, sources said.
– via Twitter wojespn
Rumblings of Irving’s interest in the Lakers began with The Athletic’s Shams Charania reporting on Monday that Irving was at an impasse in extension talks with the Brooklyn Nets. Even if this proves to all be a smokescreen to shake loose a long-term commitment from Brooklyn, the Lakers’ point of view in this remains the most interesting. The question of whether they even want Irving is a heck of a statement in and of itself. Taking on Irving and all that comes with him is hardly a no-brainer for most teams around the NBA. Plenty of teams would politely decline. Not the Lakers. It couldn’t be.
– via Bill Oram @ The Athletic