All the talk about Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis is enough to make anyone’s head spin. It has been non-stop since even before the season began. Still, it is just the beginning. With a whole host of other names up for free-agency in July, there’s no telling what might happen.
Insert Kyrie Irving’s name in the mix of it all, and it only complicates things further.
The 6x All-Star left the Cavs in 2017 in search of greener pastures. After orchestrating his exit from the LeBron-led Cavs in dramatic fashion, he landed in Boston to play for a franchise most thought would be well suited for him. A big market, the chance to be the main star, and a talented roster good enough on paper to go all the way equated to what seemed like an ideal situation.
Eight months later, however, things are not going as planned. Boston is mediocre at best, thanks to their inconsistent play and a roster of guys all wanting more of the spotlight. With summer quickly approaching, so too is the expiration date of Irving’s current contract with Boston. With as vulnerable as things are for the Celtics, there’s no guarantee Kyrie will re-sign with them.
Instead, there is the talk of him inking a deal with the Knicks, where Uncle Drew can seek the fame he desires.
The Lakers are in the mix as well, with Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report confirming that it is a realistic possibility this summer.
“Irving carries the most leverage, as he’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Does he still want the spotlight of running his own team, or has the weight of this season made him want to join a top-level player as a sidekick yet again? Irving could conceivably sign with the Lakers and reunite with James, a partnership it’s clear he abandoned all too early.”
If Irving’s desire to join Los Angeles is as real as Swartz would have us believe, Magic Johnson and the Lakers likely would not hesitate in offering him a max-level contract.
It just depends on what the star is seeking. After exploring being on his own in an environment like Boston, Kyrie might be tired of having to be “that guy.” In terms of looking for a partner, a 34-year-old LeBron would more than suffice. He’d get the recognition of being in L.A. and having to do more on account of James’ aging body, but would not get the brunt of the blame and criticism if the team fails to perform well.
On the court, we have seen the kinds of things the pair can do together.
The addition of Kyrie Irving wouldn’t solve all of the Lakers’ problems, but it would put them miles ahead of where they are now. No doubt, for a city desperate to sniff relevancy once again, it would be a good place to start.