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This past offseason the Lakers were reportedly interested in Kyrie Irving, but no deal was made and the former NBA champion remained with the Nets.

Irving entered the final year of his current contract and will become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Some expected Los Angeles to make a move for him when he becomes available. However, according to a recent report, that is not necessarily the case.

Via Jovan Buha, Shams Charania, Sam Amick of The Athletic:

“As for the prospect of adding Kyrie Irving via free agency next summer, sources say he’s currently not a part of the Lakers’ long-term plans. There is an undeniable advantage to waiting here. Not only do the Lakers get a chance to see Westbrook in Ham’s system before making a more educated decision about the Pacers trade, but they keep the door open for other trade opportunities as well.”

Last season Irving averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 37.7 minutes per game for Brooklyn.