Kyrie Irving trade rumors: Nets want win-now player in potential deal, not just future assets, according to report – CBS Sports

Kyrie Irving trade rumors: Nets want win-now player in potential deal, not just future assets, according to report - CBS Sports

With the NBA schedule released earlier this week and all of us trying to figure out how the season will play out, one stark question looms and frustratingly looms over our predictions: What, please say, is the Brooklyn Nets roster will look like on opening night?

The Kevin Durant trade demand doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and the Kyrie Irving rumors have continued to float carelessly through NBA Twitter, usually with the Los Angeles Lakers as the intended destination for the point guard who seems to have fallen out of favor with his current franchise.

A common potential trade involves Irving going to the Lakers in exchange for a similarly conflicted point guard, Russell Westbrook, in addition to one or both of the Lakers’ available first-round picks (2027 and 2029). It seems, however, that won’t be enough to get the deal done.

Rather than simply future picks and/or young players, the Nets are looking for an established player who can provide immediate benefit to the roster, according to NBA reporter Marc Stein:

“The Nets’ current stance, sources say, is that they don’t want to send Irving in a trade if the deal will only return future assets. They apparently want to win-now talent in exchange for parting ways with Irving, despite all the fuss that has engulfed the Networks for months.”

At this point in his career, Westbrook is widely viewed as an undervalued asset who may even be a buyout candidate after any potential deal — not someone you bring in to bolster your team.

Since the Lakers don’t really possess a desirable scoring player outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, a third team would have to be brought in to facilitate an Irving-to-Los Angeles deal if the Nets maintain their current stance. Stein also notes that Brooklyn’s concept of an Irving trade could falter if it is able to make a deal for Durant that significantly changes the roster.

Brooklyn has been incredibly patient with the Durant situation, so there’s no reason to believe they’ll accept anything less than their dream scenario for Irving … at least for now. For the Lakers, that’s right inked James to a two-year extensionthey need to make significant changes to their roster if they are going to compete in what should be an incredibly strong Western Conference this season.

Irving appears to be a logical fit in LA due to his ability to not only serve as a secondary playmaker but also serve as a much-needed off-ball shooter alongside James and Davis. For now, though, it seems the Lakers simply don’t have what the Nets want in a player of Irving’s caliber.

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