Nets Owner Joe Tsai Reportedly Turned Down Massive Lakers Offer For Kyrie Irving To Spite Him

Nets Owner Joe Tsai Reportedly Turned Down Massive Lakers Offer For Kyrie Irving To Spite Him

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Kyrie Irving can flat-out play basketball, no doubt about that. The point guard is one of the best dribblers and finishers around the rim the league has ever seen.

The problem is, the Duke product is a complete and utter headache. There may not be a more self-centered, delusional guy in all of sports, and that’s saying something.

Sometimes, it’s Irving promoting flat-earth conspiracies.

And, this season, he was suspended for what was perceived as anti-semitic comments and actions stemming from a video dealing with Adolf Hitler and the Black Hebrew movement. Many thought Kyrie would simply quit basketball when Nets owner Joe Tsai suspended him. But, he returned to the Nets, and actually played pretty well.

But, this week, he demanded a trade.

And, on Sunday, he got it.

But, reports were buzzing that Kyrie was very interested in reuniting with former Cavs teammate LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers. He obviously didn’t get his way, and many speculate it was Joe Tsai spiting Kyrie.

Props to Joe Tsai.

But, he may have cost his team. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Lakers made a mega-offer for Irving.

The Lakers offered the Nets a package of Westbrook and two first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 for Irving in the last two days, sources with knowledge of the discussions said — to which the Nets informed the Lakers that in order to make an offer to get in the Irving sweepstakes they would require all of their young players such as Austin Reaves and Max Christie and pick swaps in addition to Westbrook and the two first-round picks.

That may not seem like a lot. But, those two Lakers first round picks could be extremely valuable, as LeBron will have almost certainly have retired and Anthony Davis can’t stay on the court.

Still, it’s funny that Kyrie Irving didn’t get his way.