LeBron James fuels Kyrie Irving-to-Lakers talk with Instagram activity originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com
We know LeBron James reportedly is already recruiting free agents to join him on the Lakers.
After the Boston Celtics' season took a nosedive in the second round of the NBA playoffs, many expect Kyrie Irving to opt not to re-sign with the C's and instead head for greener pastures. While the New York Knicks are seen as the likely destination, whispers of a potential reunion with James have been growing louder and louder.
Irving apologized to James for the way things ended between them in Cleveland, and the All-Star guard reportedly "has had discussions" about joining the Lakers this summer.
A James-Irving reunion might seem far-fetched, but the two stars hung out together Thursday in Los Angeles, and then James liked a photoshopped picture of Irving in a Lakers jersey.
It looks like free agency really does begin before June 30.
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Now, does this mean the Lakers should start drawing up the contract for Irving right now? Of course not, but it's clear what LeBron's goal is.
If James and the Lakers want to have any chance of knocking off the Warriors next season, they'll need to find another star to pair with James. While Leonard and Butler would give the Lakers a versatile, two-way star to hound the Warriors' stars, Irving has the championship experience and familiarity with James that the Lakers need to take them to the top.
If the Lakers add a star this offseason, Irving feels like he'll be the one.