Despite opting into his contract for the 2022-23 season, Kyrie Irving's future with the Brooklyn Nets remains uncertain. Kevin Durant's trade request has sent ripples throughout the league, and one of the biggest repercussions has been the links between Irving and the Los Angeles Lakers. While LeBron James is reportedly keen on a reunion with his former sidekick, NBA insider Shams Charania's latest update on the situation suggests a Lakers-Nets trade for Irving remains unlikely.

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Speaking via the Pat McAfee show, Charania cast serious doubt over the possibility of Irving joining the Lakers this offseason.

“There's no traction on any type of a Lakers deal for Kyrie Irving,” said Charania. “There's nothing new on that, and I'm not quite certain we're going to see that take place.”

That's certainly not what Lakers fans were hoping to hear. The prospect of offloading Russell Westbrook in a deal to reunite Kyrie with LeBron has the entire city of Los Angeles salivating, but as the situation continues to develop, it seems the likelihood of such a deal coming to fruiting continues to diminish.

Charania indicated that the Nets' decision to sign TJ Warren in free agency suggests Joe Tsai and the rest of the franchise is operating under the impression that both Durant and Irving will be in Brooklyn in 2022-23. It's a big blow to the Lakers in their pursuit of Irving, but it doesn't mean a deal is impossible.

The Nets are not balking on their asking price for Kevin Durant, and it seems that the situation with KD will determine whether or not Irving has a future in Brooklyn.