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Lakers Would’ve Traded Two First-Rounders for Kyrie Irving or Donovan Mitchell, per Report

This past offseason trade rumors swirled across the NBA regarding star guards like Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Donovan Mitchell. And apparently, the Lakers were seriously considering making a big move but ultimately decided against it after failing to land the star guards from the Nets and Jazz. 

While appearing on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said the Lakers were prepared to deal two first-round picks in order to land Donovan Mitchell or Kyrie Irving. 

Ultimately, those picks were not enough and they decided against dealing those picks for other players because they “didn’t feel like they could get back a player that’s such a difference maker like either of those two,” McMenamin said. 

The Jazz ended up trading Mitchell to the Cavaliers for three unprotected first round picks and two pick swaps. The Lakers didn’t move Russell Westbrook and Irving opted into his $37 million option with the Nets. 

Los Angeles still has the picks and could very well use them to add a big name should one become available.

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