Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be active and make moves to improve the team ahead of the 2022-23 season. They are among the top candidates for Kyrie Irving, who is among the players available for a trade.
In a recent appearance on ESPN’s Get Up, NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski noted that the Lakers might do more than one trade ahead of the new season. He referred to three veteran players, who are in rebuilding teams.
“I think the Lakers will make a deal, maybe more than one deal,” Woj said.
“It may not be for Kyrie Irving, it may not be for an All-NBA player, an All-Star… players like Eric Gordon in Houston, Buddy Hield in Indiana, players like Patrick Beverly who came to the Jazz in a trade from Minnesota who are role players on winning teams.
What is the price for those kinds of moves? They’re going to continue to be active on those things.”
Rumors have swirled over the last several weeks, ever since Kevin Durant requested a trade from Brooklyn, but at the moment, the chatter has cooled considerably surrounding the Lakers trading for Kyrie.
Various reports have stated that the franchise is resistant to the idea of including their first-round picks in potential trade scenarios. Moreover, the Lakers current assets in the team are not at their highest value to be included in a blockbuster trade.
Kendrick Nunn ($5.25M) missed all of last year with a knee injury. Talen Horton-Tucker ($10.26M) is grossly overpaid, and Russell Westbrook is owed a whopping $47.1M. Despite all that, the Lakers are willing to make a deal happen this summer.