Nets general manager Sean Marks and Lakers executive Rob Pelinka met on the Marriott Marquis on the NBA Mix this week, based on a report from Adam Zagoria.
The reported meeting between the 2 executives is interesting considering the present state of every franchise. The Nets are coming off a disappointing first round sweep by the hands of the Celtics and a trying season by which star point guard Kyrie Irving was unable to play in most home games in Brooklyn because of his status as an unvaccinated player.
While the Nets were publicly supportive of Irving, it was clear that the team also lamented the undeniable fact that he was absent for a piece of their regular season games, which forced Brooklyn into the play-in tournament and landed the franchise a tricky first round draw against the Celtics. Irving is a free agent this offseason, and Marks was non-committal early this month when asked about Irving’s role on the roster moving forward, as he stressed “availability” of the franchise’s star players.
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The Lakers meanwhile are coming off a tumultuous season of their very own. Los Angeles entered the season as one in all the contenders within the West, however the team never jelled, especially offensively after the acquisition of point guard Russell Westbrook from Washington. Westbrook’s lack of cohesion with Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis led many to wonder if Westbrook could possibly be traded this offseason.
Could Pelinka and Marks have been discussing a trade? The state of their current rosters? Draft ideas? There are a lot of questions around this meeting, which should only add further fuel to the fireplace as each teams enter a period of transition this summer.
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