Report: LeBron James spoke with Kyrie Irving, but never tried to convince him to sign with Lakers
There was some belief that Kyrie Irving could reunite with LeBron James by joining the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, but it’s looking like that was never even a possibility.
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Irving and James spoke after the season ended, but during those talks, James never tried to convince Irving to sign with the Lakers, as Irving already had his mind set on heading to the Brooklyn Nets.
Of course, Irving and James were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons from 2014-15 through 2016-17, winning a championship during their second year together.
However, during the summer of 2017, Irving demanded a trade from the Cavaliers due to his rocky relationship with James and ended up being dealt to the Boston Celtics.
Irving and James then squashed their beef earlier this season when Irving called James to apologize. When that occurred, speculation began to run rampant that Irving could team back up with James in Los Angeles this offseason, but that was never close to happening.
Instead, Irving linked up with Kevin Durant, who also agreed to sign with the Nets on Sunday evening.
Irving spent his last two years with the Celtics, making the All-Star team both times. However, he missed the entire 2018 postseason due to a knee injury and was not present during Boston’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals — where the C’s met up with James and the Cavaliers — as a result.
Then, this year, problems between Irving and the Celtics’ young players resulted in a very disappointing season in Boston and ultimately seemed to be the nail in the coffin in Irving’s Celtics tenure.