The Los Angeles Lakers are hellbent on bringing in another superstar to pair with four-time MVP LeBron James next season, and it seems they also have their eyes on Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving.
The rumors of Irving possibly joining the Lakers began when he apologized to LeBron back in January for his actions that caused the breakup of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a month after they won the 2016 championship. Since then, it is believed that Irving will be open to reuniting with James this summer.
According to NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith, while there is no guarantee that Irving will end up with the Lakers, his sources can confirm that the All-Star guard will be open to a meeting with the Purple and Gold officials to see what they have to offer.
“I’m told Kyrie Irving will grant the Lakers an interview this offseason. The Lakers will have an opp to get Kyrie Irving to come to LA. I did not say he’s coming to LA! I did not say that! I don’t know what he’s gonna do, but during his free-agent tour, I’m told he’ll give the Lakers an interview.
Kyrie Irving giving Los Angeles a chance to meet him and his representatives isn’t exactly something to be hopeful for. Aside from LeBron, the team has struggled to sign big name free agents over the past couple of years.
But the Lakers already have new faces in the front office, particularly president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, who was one of the main reasons why LeBron signed with the team last summer.
If the Magic and Co. miss out on Irving, they will then pursue Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson. Whether those three will be interested in having a meeting with the Lakers brass remains to be seen.