The Lakers exchanged Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and a boatload of draft picks for Anthony Davis against the pelicans on Saturday, leaving LA to miss a player from a superteam … and a cap-space of around 30 Million dollars bait one.
While Marc Stone of the Times reported that Kemba Walker will be the first choice in Los Angeles, two Athletic reporters reported that Kyrie Irving might as well be the target.
Like our Lakers The sister site Silver Screen and Roll reported on early Sunday, while the Nets (19459006) still seem to be favorites for Irving (19459007). The addition of Davis could appeal to Irving. According to David Aldridge of The Athletic :
When Davis renounces his $ 4.7 million trade kicker, the Lakers may be another star in the US for a maximum contract to add free agency. Whether it is Kemba Walker Marc Stein of the New York Times reported as a potential Lakers target, or Kyrie Irving has maintained the sources for months, wants to play with Davis, a dynamic People are likely to be in LA next season (Cap Guru Albert Nahmad pointed out that the Lakers could wait 30 days after the June 20 draft to officially execute the trade so Davis can keep his trading bonus.)  t alone. Sam Amick, another distinguished writer, speculated that Irving was heavily courted by Davis and LeBron James, with whom he had won a chip in Cleveland. Amick also writes that Irving-to-Brooklyn is not yet a closed deal.
And now that the Lakers are still able to create enough leeway for another Maximum Relegation Player in time for the start of the free agency on June 30, there is a very real possibility that one of the many top talents available will do so Decide to join them and start a kind of superstar trio, as LeBron was accustomed to in both Miami and Cleveland.
Could it be Kyrie Irving whose frustration with the Celtics' experiences is well documented and who has been tied to the Brooklyn Nets in the last few days? It's certainly important that the two former Cavs co-stars reconciled in January when our Joe Vardon made the apology phone call from the basketball world. It was also clear then that James was open to the possibility of a reunion. Just days before the conclusion of the Davis deal, a source close to James was optimistic that Irving was still in the game for the Lakers.
NetsDaily can report that the Nets – from the Front Office to the Teambank – I'm optimistic that Irving signs in Brooklyn, but there was no commitment and it can not be, at least not officially, until the free agency at 18 Clock starts on June 30th.
Not everyone believes that Irving is the supreme goal of the new LA super team. Marc Stein writes on Sunday …
[T] Lakers plans to force Charlotte's Kemba Walker to sign up when the free agency starts on June 30, saying two people who are familiar with their plans and are not empowered are to discuss these publicly.  The Lakers assume that Walker will have $ 28 to $ 33 million in salary caps to fill the gap in their backspace created by the departure of Ball and Hart. Walker, a three-time All-Star, has announced that he will give the Hornet the first rift to re-sign it. However, he is expected to be aggressively persecuted by both the Dallas Mavericks and the Lakers.
The problem for Walker is that he would leave $ 81 million and an extra year's security on the table when he signs somewhere other than Charlotte, the difference between the $ 221.3 million Hornets pay him over five years can, and the $ 140.6 million that anyone else can pay. Walker said last week that he could sacrifice a bit to help the hornet, but no player has ever left so much money behind, whether superteam or not.
Kevin O & Connor of The Ringer also said, "Do not rely on Kyrie Irving's reunion with LeBron. League sources assume that he signs with the Brooklyn Nets.
Where do the nets remain when Irving goes west to La-La Land? As a source told NetsDaily two nights ago, they remain "fluid and flexible" and have plenty of room to move in one of several directions, including retaining most of the team's previous season, starting with D'Angelo Russell. SNY's Ian Begley reported on Friday that if the networks sign Irving, it is "highly unlikely" that DLo will return to Brooklyn.
Following the pay cut by Allen Crabbe-for-Taurean Prince, the Nets are capped at $ 46 million. By eliminating Russell and a few other minor measures, they will receive this figure up to $ 68 million, enough for two maximum free agents. They gave in the Crabbe Deal two picks for the first round, but kept all their first picks from 2021 and had a plethora of seconds.
As far as draft picks are concerned, the Lakers decided to give the pelicans three runners up (only one protected) and two first round pick swaps recalled the package of nets for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. Of course there are two big differences. On the one hand, Davis is 26, ten years younger than all three Celtics. On the other hand, the Nets in the Celtics deal did not give up good young players, while the Lakers gave up two # 2 overall winners in ball and ingram, as well as Josh Hart, who proved to be a solid NBA player.