Irving to Lakers: package requested by Nets that included Westbrook

With yesterday’s trade of Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks from the Brooklyn Nets, details of other teams’ offers for the All-Star guard are beginning to come forward, including one from the Lakers that included Westbrook.

It was reported that the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns all had levels of interest in a potential deal for Irving.

It was no secret that the Lakers were eager to reunite Irving with LeBron James, with Russell Westbrook as the potential centerpiece of the trade. The Lakers’ alleged interest in acquiring Irving first popped up in the offaeason and that chatter continued when the season began during Irving’s suspension. This intensified in recent days with Kyrie Irving’s sudden trade request. In the end, the Nets decided on a different package. Now, details of what the Nets wanted in return from the Lakers have emerged according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

As reported by Charania, the package the Nets wanted from the Lakers for Irving included Russell Westbrook. But they also wanted promising youngsters such as Max Christie and Austin Reaves, as well as two first-round picks and the opportunity for draft trades.

It is unclear whether or not the Lakers were willing to accept Brooklyn’s demands, but in the end the Nets walked away from the Lakers and chose to accept the Mavs’ offer made by Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round pick and two second-round picks.

Inside the arms race for Kyrie Irving among playoff contenders in the Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and Clippers, and how Dallas won the battle to acquire the eight-time All-Star.
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