Kyrie Irving has gone through a tumultuous season during the 2021-22 NBA campaign. The mercurial point guard missed the first 35 games of the season due to his stance on the Covid-19 vaccination, something he also described as a possible distraction for his team. He returned for the latter half of the season and put in some excellent performances that got fans excited. However, that didn't last too long and the season ended in disappointment, with the Nets getting swept in the first round.
However, reports have now come out suggesting that Irving's season might just have looked very different, and he might not even have been on the same team. The Nets made a major trade at the trade deadline with Ben Simmons and James Harden swapping teams along with a few other pieces. But it seems the Lakers also almost had an offer for them involving Kyrie Irving, according to SNY's Ian Begley.
“Several outlets, including SNY, reported that the Nets had been open to talking to teams about potential Irving trades during that time,” Begley wrote. “Obviously, nothing came to fruition. But some members of the Lakers organization discussed the possibility of trading for Irving during that stretch of the season, sources say.
“The deal would have obviously reunited Irving with LeBron James. It’s unclear if the Lakers reached any internal consensus on Irving at the time. And it doesn’t really matter at this point. Given where Brooklyn is at the moment, it would be surprising if the club didn’t sign Irving to a multi-year extension/new contract this summer as it continues to pursue a title.”
Reuniting Kyrie Irving with LeBron James could be a recipe for the title, but whatever they may have considered, it's unlikely that Irving moves teams at that point. He's spoken about wanting to stay with the Nets and the Lakers need to focus on building their roster outside of their stars again. However, the thought of James and Kyrie linking up again is quite the tantalizing one to think about.