LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Reunion Still on the Cards, as Luka Doncic Could Pair Up With $36,000,000 Rich Star After Initial “No Interest”

Published 09/25/2023, 12:00 PM EDT

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The NBA season is almost upon us and the NBA trade rumors mill is in full swing. Teams look to strengthen their roster before the NBA media day on 2nd October. As teams look forward to the new NBA season with hope and optimism. Front offices around the league would try to get ahead of the curve and look to outsmart each other in order to reach the promised land.

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With the rumor mill in full swing, some teams look to acquire disgruntled stars on the cheap. Whereas, some look to make smart choices to improve their roster.

Lakers Trying to Trade for Kyrie

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The Lakers’ start to last season was abysmal, but they ended the season promisingly. They lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. The team aims to start the season strong. They’ve added talented players in free agency and are now a strong competitor for the title. But the Lakers aren’t done just yet, they have registered an interest in LeBron’s former teammate, Kyrie Irving. It looks like there’s still some work to be done in order to bring Kyrie to the ‘City of Angels’.

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The main sticking point in the situation is that the Dallas Mavericks aren’t willing to accept a trade offer from the Lakers. It is being reported that the Lakers are willing to trade D’Angelo Russell for Kyrie Irving. This trade would make no sense for the Mavericks, as Kyrie is a far more superior player than Russell. And they are also trying to win a title with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving as core components of the roster. The trade deadline is still months away (8th February) and this is a trade to keep a close eye on.

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Lakers and Mavs in Win Now Mode

Both franchises are looking to strengthen their rosters to capitalize on the star power they currently possess. The Lakers are trying to improve on the back of last season’s promising finish. They have added the likes of Christian Wood and Gabe Vincent. During the season, the Lakers will try to add more firepower to their roster in order to win their 28th NBA Title.

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The Mavericks are also in a similar position. They must compete for the NBA title because if they don’t, they might lose Luka in free agency. Luka Doncic has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA and the Mavs need to build a team around the prodigious talent of Luka.

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Trading for Kyrie was a step in the right direction, but Luka and Kyrie have to work on their chemistry if they want to compete for the title. They also need further help and the front office needs to act fast if they want to capitalize on this opportunity.

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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Saumya Khanduja

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