Saturday, the Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and a lot of selections in favor of the Pelicans against Anthony Davis, leaving LA a missing player from a great team … and having one budget of about $ 30 million to attract one.
While the Times' Marc Stein reported that Kemba Walker would be L.A.'s first choice in free placement, two Athletic reporters report that Kyrie Irving might just as well be the target.
Silver Screen and Roll, the sister site of our Lakers, announced Sunday morning, while the netting always appear to be Irving's favorites, Davis's addition could appeal to Irving. According to David Aldridge of The Athletic:
Yes Davis renounces his $ 4.7 million contract, the Lakers will be able to add another star in free agency on a max contract. Whether it is Kemba Walker, that Mark Stein of the New York Times pointed out as a potential target of the Lakers, or Kyrie Irving, whose sources claim for months wanting to play with Davis, a dynamic will probably be at the rendezvous next season in Los Angeles (the guru of Cape Albert Nahmad said Saturday that the Lakers could wait 30 days after the repêchage June 20 to officially execute the transaction so Davis can keep his trade bonus.)
Aldridge was not alone. Sam Amick, another respected writer, suggested that Irving would likely be subject to heavy lawsuits by Davis and LeBron James, with whom he won a Cleveland token. Amick also writes that Irving-to-Brooklyn is not done yet.
And, now that the Lakers are still able to create enough cap for another player at maximum pay in time for the start of free lance activity on June 30, it's quite possible that one of the many talents available in the hierarchy can decide to register and form the sort of trio of superstars that LeBron was used to in Miami and Cleveland.
Could it be Kyrie Irving, whose frustration with the Celtics experience has been well reported and has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets in recent days? It is certainly important that the two former co-stars of Cavs have reconciled in January, when our Joe Vardon detailed the phone call of apology heard "in the world of basketball. In addition, it was clear at the time that James was open to the possibility of a meeting. Just days before the agreement with Davis, a source close to James expressed his optimism that – the sound of the nets is cursed – Irving was still at stake for the Lakers.
NetsDaily may announce that the Nets – from front-office to team bench – are optimistic about Irving's signing in Brooklyn, but no commitment has been made and, in fact, can not be, at least officially, not before the beginning of the free activity, at 18 hours. June 30th.
Everyone does not believe that Irving is the main target of the new super-team of L.A. Marc Stein writes Sunday …
[T]The Lakers intend to push for Kemba Walker's signature in Charlotte when free trade begins on June 30, according to two people close to their project who were not allowed to discuss it in public.
The Lakers expect to have $ 28 million to $ 33 million worth of space to allow Walker to fill the gap in their backyard created by Ball and Hart's departures. Walker, three times All-Star, said he would give the Hornets the chance to sign him again, but should also be pursued aggressively by the Dallas Mavericks and Lakers.
The problem for Walker is that he would leave $ 81 million and an extra year of safety on the table if he only signed in Charlotte, the difference between the $ 221.3 million that the Hornets can pay him out of five years and $ 140.6 million out of four. can. Walker said last week that he might be able to sacrifice a bit to help the Hornets, but no player has ever left so much money behind him, either in super-team or no.
Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer also said, "Do not rely on Kyrie Irving's meeting with LeBron. The league's sources are waiting for it to sign with the Brooklyn nets. "
Where does that leave the nets if Irving was heading west to La-La Land? As reported by a league source at NetsDaily two nights ago, they remain "fluid and flexible," with enough free space to move in all directions, including retaining most of the season's squad last, starting with D'Angelo Russell. SNY's Ian Begley reported Friday that if the Nets signed Irving, it would be "very unlikely" for DLo to return to Brooklyn.
After the Allen Crabbe-for-Taurean Prince modified salary dump, the Nets have a cap of $ 46 million. By giving up Russell and some other minor moves, they are getting up to $ 68 million, which is enough for two independent agents. They dropped two first-round picks in the Crabbe case, but retain their first picks from 2021 and have a plethora of seconds.
Speaking of draft picks, the Lakers' decision to give the Pelicans three first-round players (one protégé) and two first-round picks is reminiscent of the Nets for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. There are of course two big differences. On the one hand, Davis is 26, ten years younger than one of the three Celtics. On the other hand, the Nets did not give up good young players in the contract with the Celtics, while the Lakers give up two No. 2 in the overall standings to Ball and Ingram, as well as Josh Hart, who is revealed to be a strong player in the NBA.