Stephen A. Smith on ESPN, as transcribed by Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston:
I don't think Irving will sign with the Lakers. I also wouldn't rule it out. Irving is his own man, and an enigmatic one at that. I'm not sure how many people, if any, have the insight to speak on his behalf.
People close to him are reportedly advising him to strongly consider the Nets. Maybe there's wishful thinking behind this notion of Irving not joining the Lakers.