Kyrie Irving is certainly one of the best basketball players in the NBA, but he became very controversial back in 2021. This is because fans believed his NBA career was done for good due to his refusal to adhere to the COVID-19 vaccine mandates. There were also talks of Irving going to The Lakers, but it seems The Nets did not want that to happen.
The Los Angeles Lakers want to improve their overall team, now that the latest season is over. Even with the likes of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis, only LeBron James did a good job last year.
As previously reported, LeBron James was pushing for Kyrie Irving to be traded to The Lakers more than anyone else. Last week, Kyrie Irving presented the Brooklyn Nets with a dilemma. Initially, Kyrie had expressed his desire to return to the team and sought a long-term contract with guaranteed funds. However, due to his history of extended absences, the Nets added stipulations to a potential deal. This was not well-received by Kyrie, who ultimately requested a trade, leaving the Nets to grapple with this difficult outcome.
As a result, the Nets acted quickly to make a trade. They received numerous calls throughout the weekend and eventually traded Kyrie to the Dallas Mavericks. This came as a surprise to some, as Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban had been known to shy away from major transactions. Nevertheless, the move was made with the intention of giving rising star Luka Doncic a better chance to compete in the Western Conference.
According to Marc Stein, Nets owner Joe Tsai had no intention of negotiating in good faith with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was suggested that the Nets aimed to steer clear of the Lakers, as Kyrie had a preference for the purple and gold team. However, Tsai deemed it unwise to agree to Kyrie’s request. The Lakers’ offer, which included a first-round draft pick and Russell Westbrook, was deemed insufficient by Tsai to warrant letting go of Kyrie.
LeBron James was not pleased with this outcome and expressed his disappointment in a tweet. It has become evident that the Lakers have been unable to catch a break. On the other hand, the Nets will face challenges until Kevin Durant’s return in a few weeks.
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