Is a Kyrie Irving/D'Angelo Russell Sign-and-Trade Already Off the Table? Plus, is Rui For Real?
It might have been a holiday across the US this weekend, but that doesn't mean it was a holiday for the NBA's rumor mill.
To wit: Marc Stein, on his Substack, reports that the Dallas Mavericks have zero interest in building a sign-and-trade around D'Angelo Russell that would result in Kyrie Irving finding his way to Los Angeles. Now, the Mavericks certainly have no incentive to make any interest public (would be horrible for their flexibility/negotiating position), but at the same time, the idea they'd want Russell as a potential replacement for Irving at a time where they're trying to make Luka Doncic as happy as possible?
Seems a little far fetched.
So if Russell isn't going to Dallas in an S/T, does that mean he's likely to stay in LA, even after a terrible Western Conference Finals? That depends a lot on how much money he's offered on the open market. It won't be a max- nobody's giving him that- and it probably won't be the $25 mil he wanted from Minnesota. Could it be $20 mil? $15? The answer makes a huge difference to LA, who probably need him more than other teams, and can also pay him more, too.
Meanwhile, any concern the great playoff run Rui Hachimura had, one that drove up his price this free agency season, might be something the Lakers regret in a couple years? The answer has a lot to do with what kind of ecosystem the Lakers maintain. It's true of Hachimura, and other role players like him.
HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
SEGMENT 1: Is a Kyrie-for-Russell Sign and Trade already dead? Was it ever alive?
SEGMENT 2: If it's not this one, Russell will be added to many, many more sign-and-trade hypotheticals between now and the end of the offseason. Which begs the question... how much money is the guy going to make, anyway?
SEGMENT 3: Any worries that Hachimura's sample size isn't big enough to feel totally comfortable giving up big money?
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