Skip to main content

ESPN: Lakers "Rooting" For Kyrie Irving To Sign With Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving smiling during a game.

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics smiles during a game against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on March 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers made waves in the NBA community two weeks ago when they decided to trade for Anthony Davis.

New Orleans received Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, along with three first-round picks for the six-time All-Star.

After trading for Davis, the Lakers have a need at the point guard position and were reportedly in the market for Kyrie Irving. However, a recent report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reveals the Lakers are now rooting for the Brooklyn Nets to land Kyrie.

From his report:

"The Lakers now at this point are rooting for Kyrie Irving to go to Brooklyn," Wojnarowski said. "Because then Brooklyn renounces D'Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent. He becomes unrestricted and then the Lakers could sign Russell as their third star in LA. And they get back a much more mature, polished player, who's been an All-Star, whose put a team into the postseason."

Russell began his career as a member of the Lakers before being traded to the Nets. Now that Magic Johnson is gone from the Lakers front office, the point guard is reportedly open to a return to Los Angeles.

NBA free agency kicks off on June 30 - stay tuned for the latest.