LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were two players that worked extremely well with one another. They won a championship together in 2016, beating the best regular season of all-time in the 73-9 Golden State Warriors.
While they are on different teams currently, there have been rumors that Kyrie Irving might end up joining the Lakers. In fact, it was recently reported that the Lakers and the Nets are engaged in a trade featuring Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are actively engaged in discussions on a trade package that would send star point guard Russell Westbrook to Brooklyn in exchange for star point guard Kyrie Irving, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
There’s palpable optimism that an agreement can be struck between the two sides this offseason, but there remain a few hurdles, sources said.
Draft compensation is an ongoing talking point for the Nets, and they want shooting guard Joe Harris — who is recovering from left ankle surgery — and his remaining $38.6 million owed over the next two years included in the deal, sources said.
The Lakers have been disinclined to the inclusion of Harris, and are instead seeking the insertion of sharpshooter Seth Curry as part of the arrangement, sources said.
There is no doubt that this trade would likely make the Los Angeles Lakers championship contenders, and it is no surprise that LeBron James supports it. NBA insider Marc Stein has recently revealed that LeBron James wants Kyrie Irving on the Lakers "more than anyone".
"James, I’m told, wants to see Irving in Lakerland more than anyone. What other team, furthermore, has a LeBron-sized personality with the experience to cope with all the Chaos that comes with adding Kyrie."
It remains to be seen if the Los Angeles Lakers do end up adding Kyrie Irving. After all, it was mentioned that there are a "few hurdles" that they would have to clear to get him.
However, any hurdles the Lakers would have to clear are worth it to get Kyrie Irving next to LeBron James. Perhaps the two can win a championship together, just like they did with the Cavaliers. The chance of that alone should sway the Lakers into getting a deal as soon as possible.