Once Kyrie forced his way out of Cleveland, nobody thought he would ever play with LeBron again. The whole reason for his departure was a desire to lead a team on his own, away from the shadow of the best player in basketball.
Somehow, a season and a half later, there are talks of the two reuniting in Los Angeles... and it's actually for real.
While the news since last summer has been largely about stars not interested in being LeBron's sidekick—George's decision to re-sign with the Thunder, Jimmy Butler not having the Lakers on his reported preferred list and Kawhi Leonard reportedly favoring the Clippers—a source close to the Celtics confirmed that Kyrie Irving is genuinely interested in reuniting with his former Cavaliers teammate. "That is for real," the source said.
While the Lakers search for a second superstar, their best bet may be a guy who has already been there and done that.
While the Celtics will remain the favorites to keep Irving this summer (for more reasons than one) it seems his time apart from James has grown his appreciation for him. The Celtics may have something to worry about if these feelings continue to grow.