Los Angeles Lakers only team known to be seeking Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving in a sign-and-trade deal

Outside of the Los Angeles Lakers, there are currently no known teams planning to pursue sign-and-trade deals for Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, sources told ESPN.

Irving needs a trade partner to coordinate an agreement on a deal to secure a long-term maximum contract, but only the Lakers are interested in completing a sign-and-trade once free agency opens Thursday night, sources said.

So far, the networks have shown no interest in taking back the available Lakers packages, sources said.

The uncertainty surrounding Irving’s future with the Nets continues to leave the franchise vulnerable to a trade request from Kevin Durant, but that has yet to materialize, sources said. Durant has four years left on his contract and remains a Nets attorney to commit to a long-term deal for Irving, sources said. Numerous teams in the league are preparing to go after Durant, one of the sport’s elite players, should he become available.

Irving has until Wednesday to make a decision on exercising his $36.5 million option for the 2022-2023 season. Once he decides to take the deal, he is no longer eligible for the sign-and-trade. The Nets could continue to work on trading him in as an expiring contract, but Irving would have no formal vote in a potential landing spot.

Irving has keen interest in joining the Lakers, sources said, which he could do by turning down the $36.5 million option and signing with Los Angeles for the $6 million mid-level taxpayer exemption .

The Nets were reluctant to offer Irving a long-term contract, which he wanted to stay with Brooklyn, sources said. Brooklyn seems keen on sticking to his contract status with Irving, especially following his unavailability over the past two years.

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Emma Bowman

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