When the news about Kyrie Irving’s future with the Brooklyn Nets broke, there were immediate links to LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers. It’s not wild to think that Irving would love a crack at another stint next to the only man who helped him win a championship. We can already say that Kyrie’s time with the Brooklyn Nets so far has been underwhelming.
Although his duo with Kevin Durant was one of the most efficient of the entire previous NBA season. Regardless of this, there are a few clues that point at Kyrie not only leaving the Brooklyn Nets but also pointing directly at Los Angeles Lakers where LeBron would welcome him with open arms. But how reliable is the information and these so-called clues? Let’s find out.
Los Angeles Lakers’ clue No. 1
Adrian Wojnarowski offered us the first major clue last Tuesday evening when he reported that the Lakers signed Brooklyn Nets’ assistant coach, Jordan Ott for Darvin Ham’s staff. Immediately, several of the users following Wojnarowski addressed the possibility of Kyrie signing with the Lakers.
But that’s not the biggest clue, there are pudits and journalists who keep saying Kyrie has no leverage to remain at the team. However, they forget the most important leverage he has going for him: Kevin Durant. If Kyrie was to leave the team, KD would definitely rethink his long-term commitment with the Brooklyn Nets for no longer having another All-Star he can trust. Wojnarowski also talked about this in a recent piece he wrote for ESPN.
Los Angeles Lakers’ clue No. 2
But regardless of the scenario of Kyrie with Brooklyn, Marc Stein offered the most significant piece of evidence that supports he could entertain the idea to play with the Lakers. This is what he wrote on his substack: “There are credible rumblings in circulation that Kyrie Irving has indeed had some recent contact with LeBron James, to presumably discuss a potential reunion in Los Angeles.”
But Stein still thinks Kyrie going to the Lakers is considered a stretch, regardless of how unpredictable the player became over the last year. If LeBron and Kyrie are indeed talking about this, there is always the chance of him wearing purple and gold next season. Russell Westbrook could be the sacrificed star that might end up away from the Lakers if this happens.