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The thought of Kyrie Irving joining LeBron James in Los Angeles to play with the Lakers in the 2019-20 season and beyond seemed preposterous just a few months ago
Start off with the reason that Irving wanted out of Cleveland nearly two years ago was to earn his own legacy and get out of James’s immense shadow.
Irving has had two less-than-stellar seasons with the Boston Celtics. Injuries prevented him from asserting himself in the 2018 playoffs, and the Celtics came up short in this year’s postseason as they were swept in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 27-year-old can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, and while the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets would appear to be likely destinations, the star guard has not ruled out playing with James in Los Angeles. He also could return to the Celtics
ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst reported (1:12 mark) that an Irving-James reunion is something that cannot be ruled out. It may not be probable or likely, but there is a chance the two players can restore their partnership.
“If you had asked me six months ago, I would have had said the door was closed and locked, that was not gonna happen,” Windhorst said. “But over the last few months, there has no doubt been a thawing between Kyrie and LeBron and Kyrie has become to be more open to joining the Lakers and has done some research on the organization.”
In addition to that report, Windhorst went on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption program and reported that James has been recrui