Lakers, Nets discussing Irving-Westbrook swap

Posted: 03/07/2022 in NBA
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The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers have begun discussing a potential trade involving star guards Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

The two teams are hopeful they can complete a deal at some point during the offseason, Haynes adds.

Irving recently picked up his $36.5-million player option to remain in Brooklyn, despite reports that he debated bypassing the deal to become a free agent. The Lakers were one of the teams that reportedly had an interest in the seven-time All-Star.

When on the floor, Irving has proven to be one of the most dynamic players in the league. However, the 30-year-old has suited up in just 103 games over the last three seasons.

In addition to Irving, the Nets are reportedly looking to add wing Joe Harris and his two-year, $38.6-million contract into a trade.

Meanwhile, Westbrook also opted into a player option this offseason, selecting to remain with the Lakers next year on a $47-million contract. The former MVP had an up-and-down first campaign in Los Angeles, putting his fit alongside fellow stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis in question.

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