Leverage in trade negotiations is volatile. One moment you think you have the upper hand, the next you’re wondering how the hell you got to a place where you now have no chance of getting that package you once thought was a bargain could do. Life comes upon you quickly, and in the NBA, procrastination can often be costly.
The Lakers likely went into this offseason hoping for maybe some star-caliber talent in exchange for Russell Westbrook, but were presumably willing to split his contract into a few smaller ones, even if it meant nobody came back with anything on their resume came close.
But thanks to a nightmarish month or so in Brooklyn, Rob Pelinka suddenly had a chance to land Kyrie Irving below market value. Today in the Lakers Lounge, Harrison Faigen and I argued that they’ve waited long enough and there’s a risk Irving and (gulp) Starting the season with Westbrook is too high when the only benefit is a first-rounder in nearly a decade.
Let’s put it this way: If I were to tell you right after Westbrook’s infamous exit interview, in which he basically blamed everyone but himself for last season, it was just two first-round picks and some other disappointing cashes out last year to turn him and his bloated contract with Kyrie Irving and possibly more help, they would jump at the opportunity.
Sure, the risk is that you act for Irving, sign him for an extension, and he devotes his life to space travel to prove the geometric dimensions of planet Earth, but as long as his feet are on the ground and his head is in the game he fits perfectly on offense alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
So what is the raid? According to Jovan Buha from the athlete you could have done that. What are you waiting for?
It’s clear that Sean Marks and the Brooklyn Nets don’t want to appear weak as the stars are all banking on insane selection packages, so toss in the second selection and a few extra deals and bring in some much-needed filming to this list Right is missing now.
Sure, patience might pay off and they might still have an opportunity to design a kid just preparing for puberty, as well as Irving’s services. But the trade winds could just as easily shift and the Lakers could be left with a pair of stars who literally wouldn’t be looking at each other in the same arena a week ago.
No, the risk is far from the reward here. Get it done Rob.
Harrison and I discussed all this, the situation with Deandre Ayton (Disclaimer: Phoenix had not yet considered his offer at the time of recording)Jeanie Buss’ recent attempt to evade responsibility for a clown show at a front office she oversees, and more.
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