A LeBron James-Kyrie Irving Reunion May Be in the Works

April 09, 2019 - 12:34 pm

BOSTON (WEEI.com) -- Kyrie Irving forced his way out of Cleveland because he says he was desperate to free himself from LeBron James' shadow. But two years later, the mercurial Boston Celtics guard might once again be interested in riding LeBron's coattails.

Irving is expected to grant the Los Angeles Lakers an interview in free agency this summer, according to the ever reliable Stephen A. Smith. The highest-priced talent in ESPN history broke the news on his radio show Monday.

"I'm told Kyrie Irving will grant the Lakers an interview this offseason, this summer," Smith said. "The Lakers will have an opportunity to get Kyrie Irving to come to L.A. I did not say he's coming to L.A. I did not say that I don't know what he's going to do, but during his free-agent tour, I'm told he going to give the Lakers an interview."

It seems fair to expect Irving will give the Lakers a chance in free agency. He's undergone a public reconciliation with James this season, informing reporters about his makeup phone call with the all-time great.

The Lakers will probably be interested in Irving's services, especially if they're not guaranteed to land Kawhi Leonard, who gave the Toronto Raptors an MVP-caliber campaign. The Lakers missed the postseason with their mishmash roster consisting of LeBron, guys who can't shoot, and young players who read their names in trade rumors all season.

It still makes the most financial sense for Irving to re-sign with the Celtics: They can offer him an additional year and $80 million more than any other team. But Irving could also sign an one-year deal with an option elsewhere, a la Kevin Durant, maximizing his earning potential on a yearly basis.

In addition to the Lakers, it seems likely Irving will meet with the New York Knicks. The New Jersey native has been tied to New York and said this year he holds respect for the Knicks franchise.

By Alex Reimer