“If It’s Not LA, Kyrie Irving Is Just a Rental”: New Team Enters the Agonizing Saga Leaving NBA Fans Shell-Shocked

Published 02/05/2023, 2:21 PM EST

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Since the news of Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets came to light, the NBA world has slipped into major hysteria. Teams around the league have jumped in on the race to acquire the 11x All-Star. However, due to limited salary cap space, most of these teams are willing to engage in complex multi-team deals to get the job done. But the team with one of the highest salary caps in the league recently put its hat in the ring.

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Consequently, Lakers Nation has issued a rather rampant response to the above development in the arduous saga. With less than a week remaining before the NBA trade deadline, shell-shocked fans took to social media to express their frustrations.

San Antonio Spurs join the race for Kyrie Irving

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A team that has not made much noise till very recently joined the race for Kyrie Irving’s sweepstakes. The San Antonio Spurs, according to sources, are ‘extremely’ busy after Kyrie Irving trade demand. According to a report by Spurs Talk, the team’s phone lines have gotten noisier with frequent calls from Brooklyn. The source in the report said, “It’s an extremely busy room right now. There’s a lot of talk and there’s a lot of pressure being applied from a number of different angles.”

The Spurs have the highest salary cap in the league, standing at a whopping $27 million leaving all the room in the world to onboard Irving. No other team in the league even comes close to the cap space of Greg Popovich’s Spurs. Interestingly, the insider also revealed, “The Nets have specifically told teams they’d be most interested in Josh Richardson and Zach Collins from the Spurs” 

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The Nets, who potentially stand to lose both their stars, are undoubtedly gearing up for a rebuild. The top brass recently sidelined Irving till the trade deadline. It also explains the interest in Richardson and Collins. Both the players are not owed any guaranteed money beyond this season. The Spurs are also the perfect suitors for absorbing inflated contracts.

Before the Spurs emerged as a likely destination for Irving, the Los Angeles Lakers were the favorites. But Hollywood’s team on paper has many roadblocks ahead of the potential trade. In fact, Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka may have to move heaven and earth to make it possible. Consequently, amid the celebrations in San Antonio, Lakers Nation has slipped into major hysteria.

Lakers fans wreck havoc on social media

The foreboding news from San Antonio was not well received. Many fans took to social media and vehemently expressed their frustrations and concerns. At the same time, other fanbases also felt the heat. Whereas neutral fans stuck around and mocked the burning aspirations of Lakers fans.

Here are some fan reactions on Twitter:

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Amid all the hysteria, some fans found it reasonable for the Nets to get in bed with the Spurs. On the other hand, some were proposing a three-team trade involving the Lakers as well. Additionally, disgruntled fans also took some shots at Irving,

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K Shrijith

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K Shrijith is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his BBA degree, Shrijith has a keen interest in the world of finance. In fact, he has past experience in equity research and writing research reports on the subject of finance.
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Satagni Sikder

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