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Amid rumors about their curiosity in Kyrie Irving, the Los Angeles Lakers not too long ago went in a distinct route for commerce talks with the Indiana Pacers.
Per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers and Pacers mentioned a “multiplayer deal” that went “nowhere” as a result of Indiana did not suppose the provide was ok to proceed speaking.
McMenamin didn’t specify which gamers had been mentioned by both facet earlier than talks stopped. He did speculate in regards to the chance that the Lakers opened talks with the Pacers both as a viable different or as a result of they do not suppose the Brooklyn Nets are severe about sending Irving to Los Angeles in a possible commerce.
There was intense hypothesis about Irving probably turning into a Laker this offseason.
B/R’s Jake Fischer stated on the Please Do not Mixture This podcast (h/t Donny McHenry of Silver Display screen and Roll) that Los Angeles “felt there was fairly good momentum” on an Irving-Russell Westbrook commerce getting “near the end line” final weekend.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports activities reported about talks between the 2 groups on July 2, noting two of the important thing speaking factors that needed to be ironed out had been draft compensation going to Brooklyn and the inclusion of a secondary piece going again to the Lakers.
In line with Haynes, the Nets wished the Lakers to take Joe Harris and the $38.6 million left on his contract within the commerce. The Lakers had been “disinclined to the inclusion of Harris” and had been extra concerned about Seth Curry, who has an $8.5 million expiring contract in 2022-23, coming again with Irving.
The Pacers would make sense as a possible different for the Lakers if they do not like the place issues are going with the Nets. Los Angeles was concerned about buying Buddy Hield from the Sacramento Kings final offseason earlier than the Westbrook deal occurred.
Hield, Tyrese Haliburton and Tristan Thompson had been traded to Indiana for Justin Vacation, Jeremy Lamb, Domantas Sabonis and a 2023 second-round draft decide on Feb. 8.
It is unclear what route the Pacers need to take subsequent season. They agreed to commerce Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics final week for a package deal of 5 gamers and a 2023 first-round draft decide.
The Lakers have but to make an enormous splash thus far this offseason. They’ve agreed to offers with function gamers like Lonnie Walker IV, Damian Jones, Thomas Bryant and Juan Toscano-Anderson however nobody who appears prone to transfer the needle taking part in with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.