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Adrock:
Day 37 (really, only like two weeks) of will-Kyrie-Irving-get-traded-to-the-Lakers. Reddit and YouTube are a cesspool of bad takes and worse trade proposals. Why would the Lakers trade TWO first round picks for Irving? The Nets have no leverage. Homeboy spent half a season not playing basketball and like the last five years generally being a weirdo. The Nets can either take a protected FRP or watch Irving walk next summer for nothing along with whatever BS he pulls before then.

From the Lakers' perspective, Kyrie Irving is not your savior, y'all. Trading Westbrook for Irving is essentially trading one set of problems for different set of problems. Irving is clearly the better fit and player in 2022... when he plays. Are you getting that guy? He hasn't been that guy since he asked out of Cleveland. Say what you will about Westbrook. At least he plays and leaves it all on the court (along with the houses he builds out there).

In other news...

Sources: Utah Jazz now willing to listen to Donovan Mitchell trade scenarios

How are you coping, broodwars?

broodwars:

--- Quote from: Adrock on July 13, 2022, 11:55:28 PM ---
Sources: Utah Jazz now willing to listen to Donovan Mitchell trade scenarios

How are you coping, broodwars?

--- End quote ---

Fine, actually, because it's not going to go anywhere. It's just more of the National Media trying to will Donovan to a large market team by manufacturing stories about his unhappiness on the team or the team's willingness to get rid of him, which they've been doing for weeks. He's not going anywhere, though I would have been shocked if the Jazz weren't at least entertaining offers.

And let's just say such a deal did go through and he left the team. I've been through worse as a Jazz fan. Deron Williams forced Jerry Sloan into retirement on his way out. Gordon Hayward's exit from the Jazz was notoriously bitter. The Jazz losing big name talent and being a joke for a few years would be nothing new. It's not like Jazz games are easy to catch here on the East Coast these days anyway.

On a side note, I guess Kevin Durant isn't as in-demand as he seems to think he is, because you'd think the trade to bring the ring-chaser to his new temporary home would be done by now. The entire league seems to be waiting to see what comes of that before any more big trades go through.

BlackNMild2k1:
and now they trying the play the KD back to the Warriors as a high possibility.

I know trading away our future for what could be another ring or 2 in the next 2 years sounds great, and I'm hearing it would ease that luxury tax and give Klay & Dray their retirement bonus contracts, but we'd have to give up a chance to run it back as a full squad all year, and some good youth on our team.

There's a chance Steph, Klay, Dray, and Durant are all done by the time Durant's contract is over. Not sure what it looks like. But do we want to give up some combination of Wiggins, Poole, Wiseman, Kuminga, and future picks to grab Durant for the next 4 years? Assuming he even wants to come back? and won't request to leave once things don't go his way and realizing once again that "it's not his team"? Does Curry take another "co-pilot" arrangement to make Durant happy again?

broodwars:
Well, so much for the Jazz possibly trading for Deandre Ayton. -_-

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34242899/phoenix-suns-deandre-ayton-signing-4-year-131m-maximum-contract-offer-sheet-indiana-pacers-agents-say

BlackNMild2k1:

--- Quote from: broodwars on July 14, 2022, 04:27:00 PM ---Well, so much for the Jazz possibly trading for Deandre Ayton. -_-

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34242899/phoenix-suns-deandre-ayton-signing-4-year-131m-maximum-contract-offer-sheet-indiana-pacers-agents-say

--- End quote ---

And the Suns matched it, so they may do a Sign and Trade with the Pacers.... unless the Jazz want to or can even afford to hop in that money pit too?

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