Two years following an ugly divorce, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving could be headed for a reunion this summer, according to a report by ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
“If you had asked me six months ago, I’d have said the door was closed and locked – (Irving signing with Los Angeles) was not going to happen. But over the last few months, there has no doubt been a thawing between Kyrie and LeBron, and Kyrie has become more open to joining the Lakers and has done some research on the organization."
Kyrie and LeBron split in dramatic fashion after the 2017 season. Uncle Drew was allegedly tired of playing second-fiddle to a guy he believed he was better then. Even back then, Kyrie was a closer, a knock-down shooter, and considered one of the best finishers in the game. The idea that he could lead his own team was not unwarranted -- even if he tried and failed to do so before the arrival of LeBron.
His tenure in Boston must not have brought Ky the happiness he thought he would feel. Maybe it was more stressful than he thought, maybe he was tired of getting all of the blame, or maybe he just misses not having to answer to anyone.
Whatever the case, the likelihood of Irving's departure from Boston is interestingly high. And, like it or not, the Lakers are a team poised to offer Irving exactly the kind of situation he would enjoy -- a high market city with warm weather, a franchise with a big enough spotlight, and a chance to earn rings along the way.
Plus, with LeBron on the decline, it might end up being Irving's team anyway.
The point is that nobody should count out the Lakers entirely in terms of attracting free agents this summer. Because if they can't get any of the other top targets, LeBron might just talk Kyrie Irving into wearing the Purple and Gold.