Maggie & Perloff: Should the Lakers really be pursuing Kyrie Irving?


Kyrie Irving's future with the title-starved Brooklyn Nets seems increasingly in doubt, as NBA insider Shams Charania reported on Thursday that the 30-year-old superstar might exercise his $36 million player option for next season and then push for a trade. And if Irving can't finalize terms for a contract extension with the Nets, it appears he'll be ready to name his preferred destinations.

According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving has compiled a list of six teams he'd be interested in joining via trade. And as if the situation demanded even more drama and chaos, the retooling Los Angeles Lakers are considered the "most significant threat" to acquire him. Irving played in just 29 games this past season, due to his COVID-19 vaccination status, and he has until June 29 to exercise his option. The question is, should the Lakers really pursue him?

"This basically sounds like a terrible idea, on a lot of fronts," Maggie Gray said during Maggie and Perloff on Friday. "What are you getting? You already have one of the most drama-filled situations in the NBA. In this instance, we can't assume Westbrook is gone. They're going to play together? They're going to stagger them? How's that going to work?... Is this actually what you need to get over the top... Is it worth the extra baggage? And the Nets don't have a choice. They have to try to make things right with Kyrie..."

"There's no downside. They have to take a big risk and swing. And when you take a big swing, you become vulnerable to getting knocked out," Perloff said. "They have to do something. Because as they're constituted, they're just not going to have enough firepower. The roster is so thin. Why not take a big risk? I'm looking at the mid-level exceptions, none of them are stars like Kyrie. And I totally understand what you're saying about chemistry and availability... I think you have to try something..."

Maggie and Perloff's complete thoughts on Irving's plan can be accessed in the audio player above.

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