There’s never a dull moment when trying to follow the latest news on where Kyrie Irving will play next season.
Irving opted in to his $36.5 million deal on June 27 after flirting with opting out, but seems to still have the Los Angeles Lakers as his preferred destination.
On July 2, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that the Brooklyn Nets and the Lakers are “actively engaged” in a deal surrounding Irving and Russell Westbrook.
On Tuesday, NBA insider Shams Charania went on the “Pat McAfee Show” to discuss what he’s heard on the latest with Irving to Los Angeles.
“Theres no traction on any type of a Lakers deal for Kyrie Irving,” Charania said. “There’s nothing new on that, and I’m not quite sure we’re going to see that take place.”
Adrian Wojnarowski also spoke upon the latest news he’s heard on the Irving situation yesterday on ESPN:
“I think [the Nets and Lakers] know the other may not have anywhere to go in the interim,” Wojnarowski said. “I don’t know if there’s a rush for the two of them to sit down and really get moving. But again, I imagine both [Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka and [Nets general manager] Sean Marks will be in Vegas and Summer League, and that’s a conversation they could decide to pick up again.”
Three of the biggest NBA insiders have differing views and intel on what has and will happen. This situation has no clarity, and it sounds like Charania and Woj think it could stay that way as the offseason carries on.