As the summer reaches its midpoint, the Lakers and Nets still find themselves engaged in an ongoing game of chicken. Their negotiations, which have centered on a Kyrie Irving for Russell Westbrook swap, have hit an impasse, leaving both teams waiting to see who blinks first.
The crux of the stalemate has reportedly still revolved around the Lakers’ reluctance to include two first round picks in the potential blockbuster. A perhaps final snag before the deal can cross the finish line. During an appearance on ESPN radio, Jovan Buha of The Athletic went as far to claim that if the second first rounder were put on the table that “Kyrie would be a Laker right now.”
While the two teams continue their discussions, the Lakers seem to also be engaged in other options just in case the Irving deal falls through. Most notably, with Indiana, in a reported “multiplayer” deal.
While a structure of a potential trade with the Pacers remains unknown, it is worth noting that Buddy Hield and Myles Turner have long been linked to the Lakers in the past — so much so, that there have also been suggestions that some within the organization would actually prefer them over an Irving acquisition.
This raises the question of whether or not this is the Lakers’ latest attempt at gaining leverage or a genuine rift in the short-term direction of the team — which brings us to today’s episode.
On this edition of “Talk-O-Tuesday,” hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla discussed the latest developments, or lack-thereof, in the team’s efforts in landing Irving.
Also on the show, the duo shared what their draft-pick threshold would be in a potential deal, and whether they might actually prefer the Pacers’ trade package instead.
And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.