Lakers insider: Lakers 'trending towards giving two picks' to acquire Kyrie Irving



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Lakers insider: Lakers 'trending towards giving two picks' to acquire Kyrie Irving

Lakers insider Jovan Buha is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers will "become more serious" in their pursuit of Kyrie Irving if nothing gets done by training camp or Media Day season.

The Lakers tried to strike a deal with the Nets in late June but the Nets weren't happy with the offer the Lakers made. The Nets wanted two first round draft picks, but the Lakers were willing to attach only one.

Now, Buha of The Athletic reports that the Lakers may be willing to attach two first round picks for Irving.

Even though Irving opted into the final year of his contract with the Nets, some think it does not neccessarily mean that the Nets won't move him if the right offer comes.

The Lakers didn't move Russell Westbrook at the start of free agency but the belief is that the Lakers would still prefer to move him before the start of the new season.

Westbrook reportedly wasn't happy with LeBron James

James reportedly told the Lakers he would prefer the team to replace Westbrook with Irving.

That reportedly didn't sit well with Westbrook and that's why he didn't acknowledge James during an NBA Summer League game. Then the Lakers reportedly weren't happy that news came out and they set up a phone conversation between James, Westbrook and Anthony Davis.

During that call, the Lakers' star trio reportedly committed to each other and to make it work. “The Los Angeles Lakers’ Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook huddled up on a phone conversation the first weekend of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with each expressing their commitment to one another and vowing to make it work, league sources told Yahoo Sports,” wrote Chris Haynes of Yahoo!

Sports. “While the uncertainty of Westbrook’s future with the Lakers remains, the conversation was organized to make sure all three were on the same page as long as they’re joined together in their pursuit of a championship, sources said”.