The Los Angeles Lakers are 2-9 in the Western Conference and 14th overall, so is LeBron James pushing for more firepower by encouraging a trade for Kyrie Irving?
LeBron came to Irving’s defense on Twitter after the Brooklyn Nets suspended the guard for promoting anti-Semitism on social media on Thursday.
According to some NBA betting sites, the Lakers have the 20th-best odds to win the championship in 2023. Following each loss, a few sportsbooks drop their title odds.
I think the floor is overkill IMO. He is not the person being talked about. Anyway, back to my recovery session.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 10, 2022
Per ESPN’s Zach Lowe, a trade for Irving is not out of the question, as the Lakers want to go all in for the four-time MVP. “Look, I don’t know why LeBron James said what he said about Kyrie yesterday,” Lowe said.
“How about time to bring him back to the league. Perhaps he spoke only because he believed, and nothing else.
I’ll tell you around the league and even in the mailers, from his corner, those comments were read when LeBron opened the door – at least when he opened the door – ‘Hey, if you’re all comfortable and all the support, it could be, and the Nets are willing to move on from Kyrie Irving right now so we can get him on the cheap, not for both picks. For one choice.’”
Is LeBron James convincing the Lakers to trade for Kyrie Irving behind closed doors?
The Lakers also have 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks. In reality, GM Rob Pelinka has no confidence in trading the team’s only first-round picks for the rest of the decade for an unreliable player.
So, if the front office is unwilling to trade at least one first-round pick, perhaps the Lakers can negotiate a trade by handing over superstars instead of draft picks. Fans think Irving is a better fit for LA than Davis right now.
Would the Lakers trade for Irving if LeBron James asked?
Off the bench, Russell Westbrook has improved. Even then, a trade package containing an injury-prone superstar and multiple second-round picks might not entice a team. But it’s clear that whatever the exporters are doing right now isn’t working.
The monologue will ultimately focus on the Lakers’ options, any pressure they may feel to move picks and players, and how the Nets/Kyrie will fit into that (if they do).
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— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 11, 2022
Earlier this week, the Lakers reiterated that they have no plans to trade Davis this offseason. But even fans won’t admit that a player is off-limits for a trade, especially if the price is right for a superstar. LeBron James needs help.
However, Irving has proven himself unreliable over the past several years. The 12-year NBA veteran appeared in 111 games for the Nets, but missed 128 games overall. And this does not include his suspension.
This is a bad situation for LA
If the Lakers traded for Irving, how many games would he have played? The seven-time All-Star has not appeared in at least 70 games since the 2016-17 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not worth the contract, let alone trading Russell Westbrook or Davis for it.
If Irving is not the solution for the Lakers, he will quickly become their new problem. LeBron James is serious about winning another championship. During this work, he can not fall.
For an interesting comparison, Kyrie Irving is currently the NBA’s Antonio Brown. But like Brown, when he shows up in any game, he’s a great player. It’s a matter of whether or not the harm outweighs the reward.