On Tuesday, the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, Sean Marks made a statement saying that Kevin Durant will stay in Brooklyn weeks after asking for a trade.
That signifies that the Lakers’ hopes and anticipations of acquiring Kyrie Irving are as good as dead.
Lakers Want To Shift Their Focus
Now, the team will be shifting its focus and attempts towards alternative and promising deals that could upscale it to a championship-level contention again.
With LeBron James birthday just four months away, the Lakers are working hard to reduce the immense work load in terms of scoring, handling the ball, and regulating the play. That was exactly what the thinking was behind last trade of Russell Westbrook in the summer.
It now looks like L.A. is fascinated in going for Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell would be a great addition for the Purple and Gold, and such a deal will have the identical impact as the Irving deal would have had.
He has featured thrice as an All-Star and has scored in an impressive fashion, and can also facilitate to a great extent. Mitchell also has the tendency of going off for huge scoring sprees at the time of the playoffs.
The disadvantage against him is that he is 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 215 pounds, he is quite a stunted guard, which might cost L.A. on the defensive duties.
In the end, jazz officer Danny Ainge is requesting the world to trade for Mitchell, and provided that Ainge is an ex Boston Celtic, he might not be willing to help the Lakers to commence with.