With less than two months left before the NBA offseason is here, speculation continues to rise for free agents like Kyrie Irving.
From a talent perspective, it’s difficult to find a player as dynamic of a scorer as Irving. However, the All-Star guard will enter free agency with a few concerns about his leadership.
After watching his teammates almost make it to the NBA Finals in 2018, Irving was supposed to be the missing link for the Boston Celtics. Instead, the team fell short to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.
Irving can re-sign with the Celtics if he chooses, but most signs point to him finding a new home.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a team that could use a guard of Irving’s caliber, and the expectation is that they’ll try to find a co-star for LeBron James.
Regardless of their fallout in Cleveland, Irving and James might be nearing a reunion. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the marquee free agent has had discussions about potentially signing with the Lakers.
“As time passes here, I would’ve said that this is impossible for many months. But as time passes here and as the possibility exists that Jason Kidd could be hired as the Lakers coach, I think the possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting — that door, which was deadbolted, has been un-deadbolted and has now been cracked open … It might even be opening more by the day. And I say that just because I think it’s on Kyrie’s radar, it’s on Kyrie’s board. He has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers.”
Los Angeles would have to be considered a playoff threat with Irving and James teaming up again.
This potential move would definitely add a new level of excitement to the NBA.