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NBA Insider: Kyrie Irving Remains "Target" For Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James giving a thumbs up during a game.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 04: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

As NBA free agency draws near, the rumors are flying. The Brooklyn Nets are the heavy favorite to land former Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving.

However, a recent report suggests the Los Angeles Lakers are also in play.

According to a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times, Kyrie "remains as much a target for the Lakers as Kawhi Leonard."

After the team sent three players and a draft pick to the Washington Wizards, the Lakers opened enough cap space to give another star free agent a max contract.

Los Angeles is reportedly using that max slot to lure Kyrie to Los Angeles.

"Kyrie Irving remains as much a target for the Lakers as Kawhi Leonard, league sources say, now that the Lakers are sure they can open maximum cap space. They are swinging for the fences despite all of the signals that have pointed Irving to Brooklyn," Stein reported.

Los Angeles is in desperate need of guard play and are on the hunt for one of the best in the business.

Kyrie and LeBron James paired together to win a championship in Cleveland. After a rough patch in their relationship, Irving reportedly called LeBron to apologize for demanding a trade from the Cavaliers.

Will they team up once more?

Stay tuned.