Lakers could chase Irving or Russell, whomever Nets don’t land

The Lakers may pursue either Kyrie Irving (left) or D'Angelo Russell, whomever the Nets do not sign.

With much speculation the Brooklyn Nets will sign either Kyrie Irving or D’Angelo Russell this season, the Los Angeles Lakers may wind up pursuing whichever point guard Brooklyn does not sign, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

If Brooklyn agrees to a deal with Irving, that likely means Russell, a restricted free agent, heads to another team. If the Nets do not land Irving, they are expected to work out a new agreement with Russell.

Ironically, Russell was traded by the Lakers — who used the second overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft to select Russell out of Ohio State — to the Nets along with center Timofey Mozgov for Kyle Kuzma and Brook Lopez on June 22, 2017.

Both Irving and Russell have reputations of being high-maintenance players.

“They’re both divas, but Irving takes it to another level,” a rival executive told Pincus. “Russell may be high-maintenance, but he’s no Kyrie.”