The Lakers made an offer to the Nets for Kyrie Irving, but Brooklyn accepted the Mavericks’ offer instead. But it wasn’t all about who made a better offer.
Reportedly, Nets owner Joe Tsai made it an objective that the superstar point guard would not go to his preferred destination, which was the Lakers.
Via Marc Stein:
“The Nets also succeeded, as one source close to the process put it, in meeting one of the presumed objectives held by team owner Joe Tsai by sending Irving somewhere other than the Lakers — his preferred destination.”