- The Lakers are in the running to land Kyrie Irving
- Draymond Green says LA still couldn’t beat the Warriors
- Golden State is fresh off a 4th NBA title in 8 years
The Los Angeles Lakers could be looking to add another piece to the lineup over the 2022 offseason. After missing the playoffs this past season, rumors are beginning to swirl that they’re a frontrunner in the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes.
Irving is reportedly not happy with the Nets as the team is hesitant to offer the point guard a long-term deal. He could opt to leave Brooklyn after three seasons.
Should he head to the West Coast, he’d join forces with LeBron James and Anthony Davis to create a pretty potent Big Three. That combo would make Los Angeles an immediate championship contender as Irving would provide a major upgrade over Russell Westbrook.
With rumors circulating around social media of the potential trio teaming up, many are talking. Unsurprisingly, one of those people is Draymond Green, who was asked about the idea of Kyrie joining the Lakers in a recent interview.
Draymond talks Kyrie, Lakers, and their chances vs. the Warriors
According to Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg, Draymond doesn’t think that Kyrie joining the Lakers would help them take down the Warriors.
Sharing a few Draymond outtakes that didn't make the story…
He doesn't think Kyrie Irving will pass up the $30 million to leave the Nets, especially with a big Nike deal set to expire. But if he did… pic.twitter.com/kqldj1eRC7
— Lucas Shaw (@Lucas_Shaw) June 26, 2022
First off, he doesn’t even think it will happen. Irving would have to pass up $30 million to leave the Nets in order to join the Lakers. But if it does, it still wouldn’t help them against Golden State.
“With LeBron, if you give him someone like Kyrie… they’ll have a chance because of the way Kyrie can score the basketball. LeBron will only put him in a position to do that. Kyrie has not proven to be a great leader. LeBron will put an umbrella over that. If you can do what you’re good at, you have LeBron leading.
“They could contend, but they won’t beat us.”
LeBron and Kyrie teamed up to win a title in Cleveland. Draymond doesn’t think the same would be true in LA.