Don’t outbid the Los Angeles Lakers for Kyrie Irving


If the Philadelphia 76ers want to throw their entire asset pool — barring Joel Embiid — to the Brooklyn Nets in pursuit of their disgruntled multi-time All-Star, then they should.

Send them Tyrese Maxeysend them Matisse Thybulle, send them Paul Reed, Jaden Springer, all the players they can, plus Tobias Harris and their 2029 unprotected first-round pick, and if the Nets say yes, then heck yes, a trio of Embiid, James Harden and Kevin Durant should pretty much be able to beat anyone, so no worries.

… What? The Sixers aren’t seen as a realistic trade target for Durant, and instead they’re related with growing fervor for Kyrie Irving?

Hmm… okay then; Irving is a very good player, and people with this surname – even if it’s spelled differently – have had great success in the city of brotherly love – if the Nets are willing to hire, say, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle – who can be traded for assets or retained – for his services, then why not? If, however, the Los Angeles Lakers get in on the action and try to start a bidding war, the Philadelphia 76ers need to pull out, as they could likely outsell any bid Rob Pelinka has to offer, but that would be incredibly risky.

The Philadelphia 76ers need to properly assess their war chest.

After trying to push through their draft signing, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and a 2027 first-round pick for what seems like an eternity — with Russell Westbrook occasionally added for good measure — the Los Angeles Lakers have actually improved their mobile assets. by a good margin thanks to Stephen’s rule.

That’s right, with the 2022 NBA Draft officially passed, the Lakers can now include their 2029 first-round picks in future offers, which could attract a team that definitely knows LeBron James won’t be playing in the middle of the season. quarantine. Tie them up with Westbrook to bring back a more compatible player on a $30m+ ​​contract – Tobias Harris and Gordon Hayward come to mind – pair them up with THT and Nunn for a high end role player like Buddy Hield, or take on the NBA’s riskiest trade target, Kyrie Irving, and hopes things end better than in Boston or Brooklyn.

Now granted, if the Philadelphia 76ers decided they wanted to bid for Irving as well because he had the team on his roster before accepting his contract, they could top even the best package the Lakers have to offer, like Tyrese Maxey , Matisse Thybulle , and Tobias Harris plus a first in 2029 beats Westbrook, auxiliary players, a first in 2027 and a first in 2029 any day of the week, but there’s a reason for that: Maxey is the one of the NBA’s most valuable young performers.

Call me a home run, call me unrealistic, but if Maxey’s remaining contract were to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, there’s no way the final price would be lower than two unprotected first-round picks. a playoff team. Even though the Lakers could end up being very bad by 2029, Maxey would somehow only be 28 that year and could be a central player for a completely rebuilt team a la Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at OKC.

Unless it’s for Kevin Durant, Maxey is already too good to be given to a 30-year-old playmaker who currently has the lowest trade value of his career, especially with everything that should be included in a OK.

If the Philadelphia 76ers can trade for Kyrie Irving without trading Tyrese Maxey, then they should. The team have enough depth at the vanguard/defense level to get away from Tobias Harris/Matisse Thybulle with no problem and could make the adjustment work on the pitch even if things are a bit redundant. If, however, Maxey is to be included in a deal to do so, then the answer should be an emphatic no, as he will still be on the pitch long after Irving retires and could remain a fixture at South Philly well into the years. 2030.


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