Skip to main content

Why all the Kyrie Irving to Los Angeles rumors are just leverage play

All these rumors could certainly be true but remember, the offseason is also the time when players and general managers leak their messages to the media to strengthen their case in every negotiation process.
Kyrie Irving might be on his way out of the Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving

Early this week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania broke the news about Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving being in an impasse with his team regarding his future. According to Charania, if Irving and the Nets don’t settle on an agreement, there’s a good chance that groups like the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, and New York Knicks court him to join them instead.

This is all part of the negotiation process.

To add spice to all the rumors, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned on Wednesday that the Lakers are considered the most significant threat to pry Irving away from the Nets. While NBA senior reporter Marc Stein also said that Irving and James had contacted each other in the past few weeks, discussing a potential reunion in Hollywood.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Look, all these rumors could certainly be true but remember, the offseason is also the time of the year when players, general managers, and even team owners leak their messages to the media to strengthen their case in every negotiation process.

In this case of Irving, observe how he’s utilizing the media to threaten the Nets that he could easily leave if he doesn’t get the contract he wants. The Nets have every right to hesitate in giving Irving a max contract, especially since they have questions about his commitment. However, in this player empowerment era, superstars can always go down the “pay me, or I’ll leave” route when they don’t get what they want.

So it makes sense why Irving’s camp continues to leak to the media that he may very well consider options if he doesn’t get the contract he wants from Brooklyn. This is what you call the negotiation phase, and it’s not surprising that Irving is using the media to stand his ground — something superstars always do during the offseason.

What are the chances Irving becomes a Laker?

The reason why it’s so easy to accuse Irving of using the Lakers to create leverage is because there is absolutely no way he takes a 30 million discount to join his old buddy James in Los Angeles. Remember, for Irving to switch teams, he’ll not only be leaving his hometown but also his best friend Kevin Durant, who is the reason why he’s in Brooklyn in the first place. So to answer the question, there is a possibility that Irving can be a Laker, but the chances are slim.

So before reacting to all the rumors and aggregations, remember that it’s also negotiation season for players and general managers involved. Don’t take every single rumor you see that seriously, and remember, someone almost always benefits from these types of leaks. 

Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony shares the Notorious B.I.G. rap verse that he lives by

Carmelo Anthony crawled his way out of the rough Baltimore streets. He knows that not everyone was as fortunate as him.

Kyrie Irving is to blame for the Brooklyn Nets' collapse
Play

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant proved why they're not leaders

No matter how you feel about Durant as a person, there's one thing no one can deny, and that's his love for the game of basketball -- something Kyrie Irving was never able to match.

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan

A business mogul breaks down Michael Jordan's earnings per shoe from Nike

5% seems measly, but once you get into the numbers, it's the secret behind the most successful shoe deal in sports history.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant

Reports say Warriors superstars are willing to welcome Kevin Durant back to Golden State

But Warriors management isn't willing to cross the bridge for Kevin Durant again.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter Freedom attacks NBA, Adam Silver once again — “One of the most hypocritical organization and commissioner out there”

The former Boston Celtic center thinks the NBA is not doing enough to help detained WNBA star Brittney Griner.

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and forward LeBron James

”He’s always watching the stat sheets” — Dwight Howard perfectly sums up LeBron James' brilliance on the court

Based on his experience, Dwight Howard said that he admires how strategic every move LeBron James makes is.

Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

“Them motherf***ers ain't soft” — Iman Shumpert and JR Smith contradict the perception of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are often referred to as light skin by jealous competition and fanbases. Iman and JR put an end to that nonsense.