NBA Rumors: Lakers Could Acquire Kyrie Irving & Joe Harris In Proposed Three-Way Blockbuster Involving Nets & Hornets

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Since they suffered an early elimination at the hands of the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, rumors continue to swirl around All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and his future with the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving may have expressed his desire to return to the Nets in the 2022-23 NBA season, but it remains a big question mark if they are willing to give him a maximum contract extension this summer.

If they fail to agree on a new deal, the Nets are expected to explore sign-and-trade scenarios involving Irving in the upcoming offseason.

Sending Kyrie Irving To Lakers

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As of now, several title contenders in dire need of a backcourt boost and additional star power are closely monitoring Irving's situation in Brooklyn. One of his potential suitors on the trade market is the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers are yet to talk about their plans for the 2022 NBA offseason, but they have been heavily linked to "Uncle Drew" during the regular season.

While he was away with the Nets due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York revealed that the Lakers explored the possibility of reuniting Irving with LeBron James in Los Angeles.

Hypothetical Three-Team Deal To Acquire Kyrie Irving

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In a recent article, James Piercey of NBA Analysis Network came up with a hypothetical blockbuster trade idea that would enable the Lakers to swap Russell Westbrook for Irving.

The suggested deal won't only be between the Lakers and the Nets, but it would also involve the Charlotte Hornets.

In the proposed three-team trade, the Lakers would get Irving and Joe Harris, the Nets would receive Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward, and the Hornets would obtain Westbrook and a 2027 first-round pick.

Lakers Create More Formidable 'Big Three'

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Though it would cost them a future first-round pick, the proposed three-team deal would be a no-brainer for the Lakers.

Aside from getting rid of Westbrook and his massive salary, the Lakers would be acquiring an All-Star-caliber point guard who would be a much better fit with James and Anthony Davis.

Irving may also be a ball-dominant guard, but unlike Westbrook, he can efficiently knock down shots from beyond the arc.

Also, Irving already has experience playing alongside James. In the three years they spent together in Cleveland, Irving and James made three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and won an NBA championship title in 2016.

Why Nets & Hornets Would Make The Trade

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The hypothetical three-team trade wouldraise some questionss in Brooklyn, but Piercey believes it would also benefit the Nets.

"With this trade, they avoid the headache of having to find a new home for Simmons as well as Irving," Piercey wrote. "Hayward and Rozier are both well-suited to play alongside Simmons. Alongside Kevin Durant, Seth Curry, and others, the Nets would be deeper than they’ve been in their superteam era to date."

Meanwhile, for the Hornets, the potential deal is more about obtaining future salary cap flexibility. Westbrook may have a bigger salary than Rozier and Hayward, but his contract is set to expire after the 2022-23 NBA season.

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