The Spurs may very well be the lacking piece in a Kyrie Irving-Russell Westbrook commerce.
Based on Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, the Nets and Lakers have held “preliminary discussions” on a commerce centered round Irving, and each side are “exploring the potential” of creating it a multi-team deal by pulling within the Spurs.
What could be in it for the Spurs? Pincus provides that Westbrook’s expiring contract is not interesting to the Nets, who venture to be over the luxurious tax threshold. The Spurs have the means to create room for Westbrook’s contract and would probably obtain draft compensation for doing so.
League sources pressured that Brooklyn views resolving Kevin Durant’s commerce request as a considerably greater precedence than clearing Irving’s closing $36.9 million of the Nets’ books.
However the Irving/Westbrook catastrophe might finally be resolved with the Spurs’ assist, with San Antonio taking up Westbrook’s wage into cap room for draft issues. That might assist the Nets generate a large commerce exception for as a lot as Irving’s total wage.
The Spurs have already been concerned in an enormous deal this offseason, buying and selling Dejounte Murray, who’s coming off a season through which he was named an All-Star with career-highs of 21.1 factors, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds and a pair of.0 steals per recreation, to the Hawks for Danilo Gallinari and a number of first-round picks.
The Spurs will reportedly waive Gallinari, paving the way in which for him to signal with the Celtics.
That commerce, together with dealing Derrick White to the Celtics on the 2022 commerce deadline, indicators that the Spurs need to rebuild.
Westbrook “would not enchantment to the Spurs,” per Pincus. The presumption is that the 2 sides would come to phrases on a buyout if the nine-time All-Star had been to be traded to San Antonio, permitting Westbrook to hitch one other crew.
Westbrook was traded to the Lakers forward of the 2021-22 season. He appeared in 78 video games, averaging 18.5 factors — his fewest since his sophomore season — to associate with 7.4 rebounds and seven.1 assists.
After information broke of Durant’s commerce request, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that there have been whispers about Irving’s “mutual need” to reunite with LeBron James, however a 3rd or fourth crew would probably must be concerned to tackle Westbrook’s wage.
Having picked up his participant possibility, Westbrook is on the books for $47.1 million in 2022-23.