Even though it is getting less likely that Kyrie Irving will be traded this offseason, his most likely destination remains the Lakers. It was reported that the former NBA champion is prepared to play for the Nets with or without Kevin Durant.
But considering that he has only one year in his contract after opting into his player option, Brooklyn would likely try to move him before the end of the season.
If the 30-year-old point guard leaves the Nets, either via a trade or as a free agent, it is almost certain that his next stop in the NBA will be the Lakers.
There are few givens in the NBA, so I would hesitate to label it as such. But all indications are that the Lakers are Irving’s top destination if he leaves Brooklyn, whether it’s via a trade between now and the February 2023 trade deadline, or in free agency next summer, when Westbrook’s salary will be off the Lakers’ books.