Kyrie Irving at Lakers, Utah Jazz reject offers from Donovan Mitchell, Matthew Dellavedova, Cam Thomas, Danilo Gallinari, Taj Gibson, Cam Reddish, free agency

The NBA trade and free agency landscape is set to finally start moving again as league executives hold face-to-face talks during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

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LAKERS LOOK TO GET CREATIVE TO GET KYRIE DEAL DONE

The Brooklyn Nets are reported to be standing firm in their demand that any potential trade deal between Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook should include at a minimum some first-round capital thrown at the Los Angeles Lakers’ end, according to Marc Stein of Launderer’s report.

With Westbrook expected to make nearly $11 million more than Irving next season (which would cost Brooklyn an additional $50 million after luxury tax penalties are factored in), the Nets are adamant that any direct trade would require the Lakers to sweeten the deal with some form of meaningful draft compensation.

However, despite the complications that arise due to the large salary gap and the sharp downgrading of talent, Brooklyn would be forced to swallow, ESPNBrian Windhorst said he was confident a deal would eventually be done.

The NBA insider went on to say that the Lakers appear to be the only viable trade option in a “very tight” market for Irving, but predicted it would be a “fight along the way.”

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In positive news for Lakers fans, several NBA outlets are reporting that a potential multi-team trade deal involving Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Toronto could be imminent with all three respective GM teams (Sean Marks, Rob Pelinka and Masai Ujiri ) being seen having an interesting conversation over the weekend at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

It’s not yet clear whether those talks could involve Kyrie Irving heading to the Lakers or Kevin Durant heading to the Raptors or a combination of the two.

This speculation follows an earlier report by Eric Pincus of Launderer’s report that sources have indicated the San Antonio Spurs could potentially be involved in a multi-team Irving/Westbrook deal, with the Spurs taking Westbrook’s salary in the cap room for draft considerations.

Such a deal could help the Nets generate a massive trade exception as long as Irving’s full salary, however, the Spurs would also need to clear some extra salary for Westbrook.

It has been suggested that in exchange for Westbrook and draft picks (and possibly an additional player such as Kendrick Nunn or Talen Horton Tucker), the Lakers could land Irving from the Nets and either Doug McDermott (ahead of 27.5 million over the next two seasons) or Josh Richardson (expiring at $12.2 million) from San Antonio.

The main draw for the Nets in a deal of this nature, aside from getting rid of a giant headache the size of Kyrie Irving, would be the potential for a trade exception of up to $36.9 million (this which would represent the most important in the history of the NBA).

By trading Irving to the Lakers and taking back nothing or minimal value in salary from another player, the Nets would be creating a trade exception equal to Irving’s first-year salary, in this case $36.9 million. dollars (the value of the exception decreases with the salaries of the players hosted – for example, a $10 million player acquired by Brooklyn in the trade would leave them $26.9 million in the exception).

The exception could then be used to trade at any time over the next 12 months for a player or players whose salaries amount to that amount without adding to their cap and luxury tax obligations.

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JAZZ DOUSE DONOVAN OFFERS AS TEAMS TAKE ‘CHEAP’ HITS

The Utah Jazz have reportedly closed offers from more than a handful of teams for star point guard Donovan Mitchell, as they believe league executives are trying to rush into what they perceive as an opportunity to get Mitchell back. low price after the exchange of Rudy Gobert. according to Andy Larsen of Salt Lake Grandstand.

“According to a league source, an offer came in from Miami even before the Gobert trade was finalized. The Jazz, however, found that offer insufficient. Additionally, Miami’s winning roster has limited picks and young players to trade,” Larsen said.

While Utah has rejected all offers for the 25-year-old so far, Larsen believes the team is ready to leave Mitchell for the right price.

“As [Jazz general manager Justin] Zanik hinted that Mitchell’s status with the Jazz could then be determined by what other teams offer him – if the Jazz got a comeback that made them more likely to be a championship team, they would do the case,” he said.

This news follows an earlier report by ESPN‘s Tim MacMahon where Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik refused to call Mitchell “untouchable” when asked if the three-time All-Star would be traded.

“Change is inevitable in the NBA. I’m not trying to be cryptic or anything, but Donovan is on our list and he’s a very, very important part of what we’re trying to do,” Zanik said.

“Things are changing in the NBA, so I couldn’t sit here and say someone is [untouchable].

“We are trying to build a championship team, but there is no intention there [to trade Mitchell]at all.”

Where there is smoke there is usually fire and although Donovan’s days in Salt Lake City seem numbered, ESPNBrian Windhorst thinks Mitchell needs to at least prepare for the team going into an inevitable rebuild.

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DELLY CLOSES ON NBA RETURN

Australian NBA champion Matthew Dellavedova is hoping for a surprise return to the NBA when he trains for the Sacramento Kings at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to ESPNis Dave McMenamin.

The free agent keeper is hoping for an opportunity to reunite with former coach Mike Brown, who gave him his NBA debut in Cleveland and is now the Kings’ head coach, after spending last season playing for Melbourne United in the NBL.

THOMAS TURNS HEADS AMID TRADE TALKS

Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas is turning heads on the NBA Summer League field in Las Vegas as reports emerge that he is also attracting significant interest off the field, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

The 20-year-old is averaging 28.5 points per game in his first two Summer League games (up from 27.0 last year) and 4.5 assists per game (up from 2.0 last year). last year) as teams inquire about his services ahead of his second NBA campaign. .

“Sources said The post office The Nets have attracted interest from multiple teams in the 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard, with league staff saying he could likely bring back a first-round pick. The Cavaliers, Mavericks and Pelicans would have made concrete offers,” Lewis said.

PAIR OF GREAT RELEASED VETERANS FIND NEW HOMES

According to reports from ESPNis Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reports that Gallinari, a sharp-shooting free agent, has agreed to a two-year, $13.3 million contract — which includes a second-year player option and will be fully guaranteed — with the Boston Celtics.

Signing Gallinari will help stretch the ground and only further strengthen the bench for the Eastern Conference champions after their recent trade for guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Wojnarowski reports that 37-year-old Taj Gibson is signing a one-year contract with the Washington Wizards for the veteran minimum wage exception (meaning only about $1.8 million on the salary of about 2 $.9 million from Gibson will count toward the salary cap) after paying waivers.

The 6-foot-9 Gibson will act as a reliable, experienced presence behind Kristaps Porzingis and Daniel Gafford in the Wizards rotation.

REDDISH TALKS IN MIAMI HEAT UP

Miami Heat interested in acquiring New York Knicks small forward Cam Reddish, says SNYis Ian Begley.

If the Knicks find a suitable trade for Reddish, it would be the former Duke’s third team since being drafted 10th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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