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Getty Andre Drummond, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant

Kyrie Irving’s name has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers several times this season. In July, Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that the Nets and Lakers had preliminary talks about a trade that would send the Nets star to Los Angeles and former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to Brooklyn.

NBA insider Marc Stein confirmed that report in August, reporting that Lakers star LeBron James ‘badly’ wants a reunion with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate.

“Westbrook is well aware that the Lakers have been trying hard to move him. And that James badly wants Irving to take his place,” Stein wrote per his Substack account.

However, NBA insider Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports says that the desire for Irving to be a Laker is more of a want of the Lakers than it is for Kyrie.

“Kyrie Irving becoming a Laker is still “a Lakers desire more than an Irving desire currently” I’m told,” Robinson tweeted on August 4.

Kyrie Irving becoming a Laker is still "a Lakers desire more than an Irving desire currently" I'm told.

— ???? Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, M.A. (@ScoopB) August 4, 2022

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Kyrie Irving Still Committed to Nets

The Nets have had a dramatic summer to say the least. After Kevin Durant requested a trade from the franchise on June 30, most assumed that Kyrie would also be on his way out the door. But one source close to the situation tells Brian Lewis of the New York Post that Irving never requested a trade and is fully committed to the Nets.

“How did we get into this situation about trade, when he opted in?” the source asked rhetorically. “Here is the situation. He opted in, which means he had, and he has, every intention of playing with the Brooklyn Nets. KD decides he wants out, and now everybody is talking about trading Kyrie, right,” the source said to Lewis in July.

“Kyrie has not asked for a trade. Now, if the Nets don’t want him, that’s something totally different. Kyrie has not said he wants a trade. He opted in. [So where did] the trade conversations come from? Is it because KD requested a trade and now everybody’s like let’s trade Ky? Kyrie opted in”

Lakers Could Be Top Option for Kyrie Next Summer

Kyrie’s commitment to the Nets seems set in stone, at least for this season. But despite opting into the final his of his deal, he and the Nets have not been able to agree on the terms of a new contract. As a result, next summer, he will become a free agent and will be able to leave the Nets if he chooses.

Jovan Buha of “The Athletic” says that when Irving does hit the free agent market in 2023, the Los Angeles Lakers could be atop the list of his preferred destinations.

“All indications are that the Lakers are Irving’s top destination if he leaves Brooklyn,” Buha writes.

“Whether it’s via a trade between now and the February 2023 trade deadline, or in free agency next summer, when Westbrook’s salary will be off the books.” 

The Nets, thus far, look like they will bring back all of their core guys this season. It will be interesting to see if they can deliver the franchise its first NBA title.

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Heat All-Star Breaks Silence on Kevin Durant Trade Rumors

Getty Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat celebrates after scoring during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on December 13, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

One of the most scrutinized Miami Heat players following the team’s exit from the playoffs has been point guard Kyle Lowry. While the six-time All-Star was one of the main reasons Miami entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the East, the 36-year-old veteran fell apart during the postseason.

Lowry, who missed eight of the Heat’s playoff games due to a hamstring injury, averaged the least amount of points (7.8) by any starting point guard in 10 games, per the Miami Herald, and was even worse from beyond the arc, shooting 13-of-54, a 24.1% accuracy.

After ending the season on such a low note, Lowry’s name has been tossed around in trade proposals from analysts across the league after Nets superstar Kevin Durant requested a trade out of Brooklyn, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski named the Heat as one of his top “wish list” destinations.

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While Lowry has been lying low this summer, he broke his silence on Miami’s aggressive pursuit of Durant during an appearance on The VC Show with host Vince Carter.

“I understand it’s business,” Lowry told Carter. “I understood this thing was a business from literally draft night of going into my second year when they drafted Mike Conley.
“I knew about the business fairly early.”

HoopsHype ranks Kyle Lowry as the 25th best PG in the NBA

“it’s hard to project Lowry to be much higher than the 25th-best point guard in the NBA in 2022-23 after the year he just had, so that’s the spot we landed on for him.”

— Heat Nation (@HeatNationCom) August 2, 2022

Lowry was drafted as the No. 24 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, but in 2009, he was part of a three-team trade that sent him to the Houston Rockets. In July 2012, Lowry was traded to the Toronto Raptors when he helped lead the franchise to its first-ever NBA Championship in 2019. In July 2021, the Heat acquired the veteran via a sign-and-trade, signing him to a three-year, $85 million contract.

Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman reported on Monday, August 9 that all three trades “came with his approval,” which may not be the case if he’s involved in the Heat’s blockbuster trade package for Durant.

However, Lowry told Carter that he was not losing sleep over it. “How I handle it is I don’t pay attention to it,” Lowry said. “I understand, listen, it’s rumors until it happens. And there’s nothing you can do about it. And hopefully, you have a good enough agent who’s on it and in constant communication. But if it happens, it happens, and you move on.”

Lowry Opened Up About Seeing Fat Memes on Twitter

A thread of Kyle Lowry just casually being the thickest man in the nba:

— RG J????Y (@jxys2x) May 29, 2022

In his candid interview, Lowry admitted to Carter that he’s seen all the memes flooding social media regarding his physique. “It used to bother me a lot. It used to get to me. It used to really get to me, I’ll be honest with you,” Lowry said. “And now I don’t care. For me, a man that’s never been crazy athletic, THICC, whatever, I’m looking at… yeah, THICC has been good for me.”

But after everything he’s achieved in the NBA with that body, Lowry can handle jokes. “Y’all can create all the memes you want,” he added. “I embrace it. I love it.”

Kyle Lowry just said he's learned to embrace the 'thicc' tag.

That's our cue to post this:

— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) August 7, 2022

However, the Villanova alum did do something about his physique after getting publicly called out by Heat president Pat Rile during his annual end-of-season press conference.

“The bottom line with me and for me as far as hoping that you can get the most out of a player — is that you got to be in world-class shape. You just have to be,” Riley said almost as a warning to Lowry on June 6, while also noting “I do think that he can be in better shape next year.”

Getting personally called out by “The Godfather” must’ve been motivation enough because recent photos and videos of Lowry training show him looking absolutely jacked.

When Pat Riley fat shames you

— David Lang (@Dukielang) July 14, 2022

Kyle really abt to be in the best shape of his life. #HEATCulture

— KLOWWW ???? (@KLOWSZNNN) July 13, 2022

While Lowry rarely posts on his personal Instagram and Twitter pages, videos of his workouts with NBA trainer Travis Wallace have gone viral on both social media apps.

Heat Nation was thrilled to see Lowry putting in the work. A popular fan account tweeted, “The league isn’t ready for a ripped Kyle Lowry ????.”

Lowry Said He’s Extra Motivated for the 2022 NBA Season

Kyle Lowry training at UFC Performance Institute in Vegas ????

— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) August 4, 2022

Lowry made it clear following the Heat’s Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals that he was not happy with himself. “I wish I would have been able to play a little bit better, at a higher level, but I didn’t,” Lowry said during the postgame press conference, refusing to offer any excuses for his poor performance on the nagging hamstring injury. “It just adds fuel. You don’t know how many more opportunities you will have to get back to this, so for me, honestly it was a waste of a year.”

“I only play to win championships,” Lowry continued. “It was fun, and I appreciate my teammates, and I appreciate the opportunity. But for me, it’s a waste of a year. You’re… not winning a championship, it’s a wasted year.”

Even though months have passed since that Game 7 loss, Lowry’s point of view hasn’t wavered.
“Right now, I’m even more motivated because I had a chance to make it to another championship,” Lowry told Carter. “There’s something about that championship that I want another one. It’s just what I play for.”

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