This is nothing close to a done deal and it could end up not happening at all.
But if it does, it’ll radically change the Lakers and greatly increase their chances of returning to the postseason.
However, it’ll require a whole lot of work and not just from the Lakers.
Bleacher Report’s trade idea:
LA Receive: Kyrie Irving, Patrick Beverley, Rudy Gay
Nets Receive: Bojan Bogdanovic, Malik Beasley, 2023 second-round pick (via Lakers)
Jazz Receive: 2027 & 2029 first-round picks (via Lakers), Max Christie, Talen Horton-Tucker, Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/k21tqvNyvU
— Lakers Daily (@LakersDailyCom) August 11, 2022
That’s a lot of moving pieces but will it actually happen?
The thing that sticks out the most in that proposed deal is that the Nets don’t get an awful lot for Irving.
Bogdanovic and Beasley are fine players, and the second-round pick would help them out a lot.
But the team has made no secret of the fact that they want a lot in exchange for both Irving and Durant.
It just seems unlike they’d part with him for what’s on the table here.
Their high asking price is just one of the reasons why so many people are thinking an Irving deal won’t get done before the new season starts.
Brooklyn might just sit on their hands because they are in no rush to trade the player away for anything less than a package they consider stellar.