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The Los Angeles Lakers could acquire a $36 million superstar and elite shooter for Russell Westbrook this summer.

According to a June 30 tweet from John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Phoenix, the Lakers could trade Westbrook and draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris.

Hearing Lakers for Russ, a first-round pick and a pick swap with maybe another player involved, maybe Joe Harris.

— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) July 1, 2022

Irving is focused on getting to the Lakers after Kevin Durant requested a trade from the Nets, according to a June 30 report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN. LeBron James and Irving were teammates for three seasons on the Cleveland Cavaliers. They played in three consecutive Finals and won the 2016 title over the Golden State Warriors.

Westbrook picked up his $47.1 million player option with the Lakers. However, Los Angeles is still interested in trading the one-time MVP since he was a poor fit next to James and Anthony Davis last season, per Windhorst. Westbrook was second in the league in turnovers and his effective field goal percentage of 47.6% was sixth-worst in the NBA.

Irving & Harris Could Thrive with Lakers

Irving would be a more suitable fit next to James and Davis than Westbrook was last season since he can shoot from the perimeter. Uncle Drew is a career 39.3% shooter from beyond the arc, while Russ is at 30.5%.

Meanwhile, Harris is one of the top shooters in the NBA. He’s a career 43.9% shooter from deep, which is good for second among active players. If the Lakers and Nets completed this trade, Los Angeles would acquire two players who can stretch the floor while getting rid of one of the worst shooters in the league.

Of course with Irving, there will always be questions about his commitment to basketball. He’s only played in 230 regular-season games with the Boston Celtics and Nets since requesting a trade from the Cavaliers in the summer of 2017.

Irving didn’t make his 2021-22 season debut until January because he refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The Nets made a collective decision not to have the seven-time All-Star be a part-time player to begin the season. However, the franchise changed its stance and Irving appeared in 29 games, averaging 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists.

Talks About Lakers Trading for Irving Reignited on June 30

According to a June 30 report from Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, talks about the Lakers trading for Irving reignited after Durant requested a trade from the Nets. Under CBA rules, Los Angeles could trade Westbrook and draft picks to the Nets for Irving and Harris. Irving will make $36.5 million next season, while Harris will earn $18.6 million.

Marc Stein of Substack reported on June 22 that Irving has had contact with James. The Athletic’s Sam Amick also reported on June 27 that Irving is trying to make his way to the Lakers.

A three-time All-NBA guard, Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers in the offseason of 2017 because he allegedly no longer wanted to play with James. However, The Athletic’s Shams Charania told Pat McAfee on the June 20 episode of “The Pat McAfee Show” that the two champions still have a good relationship.

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Chiefs Urged to Give $40 Million Extension to Truly Unique Player

Getty Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed

A large factor in the success of the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense through four weeks of the regular season has been third-year cornerback, L’Jarius Sneed.

Sneed has earned an 81.2 overall grade by PFF through the first four games, which ranks fifth among all NFL cornerbacks and is second-best to only defensive tackle Chris Jones (90.8) on the Chiefs.

Yet, Sneed’s most elite play on the field comes as a pass rusher. He has by far the highest pass-rush grade among all corners (92.7), and that’s because he has recorded 3 sacks — one of which was a strip-sack– 2 quarterback hurries, and 1 quarterback hit on 20 pass rush snaps this season, per PFF.

L'Jarius Sneed leads all CBs in pressures and sacks.

— Chiefs Hive (@chiefshive) October 4, 2022

Chiefs Urged to Give Sneed a Payday

With Sneed having one year left on his rookie deal and playing at the highest level he has since entering the NFL, Connor Christopherson of Arrowhead Report is urging the defending AFC West champions to give Sneed a contract extension next offseason.

“Sneed is the first true success story for Brett Veach in the NFL draft,” Christopherson wrote on September 30. “All draft picks before him, which includes the entire 2018 and 2019 classes, had too many question marks surrounding them for the Chiefs to consider extending them at the team’s earliest opportunity (after the player’s third year).”

Notice the date on when Christopherson published his piece — that was two days before Sneed took the field on Sunday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5. And let me tell you: Christopherson’s case got even stronger after that outing.

Against the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers, Sneed gave up 6 catches on 9 targets for 51 yards and had 7 tackles. He also made arguably the most influential play in the game, which was a strip-sack on Brady in the second quarter that was recovered by Chris Jones in Tampa Bay territory. That play set up Kansas City’s offense for the team’s fourth touchdown of the day.

#Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed blitzes Tom Brady, forces the strip sack, & Chris Jones recovers. #ChiefsKingdom

— Devon Clements (@DevclemNFL) October 3, 2022

So, let’s get back to Christopherson’s piece. How much does he think Sneed should get paid?

“It stands to reason that Sneed will ask for more than what (Darious) Williams earned next offseason due to his unique skills as a blitzer and run defender,” Christopherson wrote. “The Chiefs, however, would get some benefits thanks to him still having a year left on his rookie contract. They will be able to spread a signing bonus over more years by leveraging the year left on the contract.

“This means that an extension for Sneed that has a realistic chance of being signed is a three-year, $40M extension on top of the one year remaining on his rookie deal. In new money, Sneed will make a lot more than any slot defensive back currently. The benefit for the Chiefs is that in totality, the contract will be around four years and $44M, which the Chiefs should not have issues fitting in with other contracts they will hand out.”

Sneed Speaks on Beating Bucs

Sneed is one of several current Chiefs players that were with the team during their blowout loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. After the Week 5 win, Sneed shared his thoughts on getting revenge on Tampa Bay, albeit during the regular season.

“It meant a lot for the team, everybody,” Sneed said during his postgame press conference. “We had that chip on our shoulder coming in here after we played them last time and [it] didn’t come out well. Everybody came in with a chip on their shoulder [tonight] and it came out well.”

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