The Los Angeles Lakers might be able to swap Russell Westbrook for Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets, but a key sticking point is which part of the deal would be included.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Nets and Lakers want to send Joe Harris to Los Angeles.
Both sides are talking about draft compensation in the deal.
The contracts for the two Nets sharpshootings are not the same.
The final season of Curry's four-year contract is in 2022-23 and he is due $8.5 million. Harris has two seasons left on his contract.
The Lakers have a salary commitment of $163.5 million for the upcoming season. In addition to their payroll, they have a luxury tax payment.
There is a salary difference between the two players next year. Los Angeles' payroll would increase by $8 million if Irving and Harris were paid the same amount.
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Shelburne said that if it was low-hanging fruit, they would do something, but they weren't willing to feel any pain.
Curry is prioritized over Harris by the Lakers. Harris only played 14 games last season because of an ankle injury.
Initially, it was thought that Harris would only be out for four to eight weeks. It is not clear how effective the 30-year-old will be when he comes back.
Curry has missed 33 games in the past two seasons due to injuries. There is more certainty with him at this point.
Both players have a similar success rate from three-point range in their careers.
Coming off a disappointing season, the Lakers need to make a lot of changes. They had a 33-47 record and finished 11th in the conference.