Could Kyrie Irving be rejoining former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers? While most rumors have suggested that the Boston Celtics point guard will be signing with the New York Knicks as a free agent in the 2019 offseason, where he is also expected to team up with erstwhile Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, many league insiders haven't discounted the possibility of Irving joining another team, the Lakers included. Those insiders include ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who said on Monday that Irving will interview with the Lakers if he declines his player option with the Celtics as expected.
According to Bleacher Report, Smith said on his radio show that per his sources, Irving will be granting the Lakers an interview in the summer of 2019, but also made it clear that the 27-year-old point guard is not yet guaranteed to sign with the team.
"I don't know what he's gonna do, but during his free-agent tour, I'm told he'll give the Lakers an interview," Smith continued, as quoted by ClutchPoints' Ryan Ward on Twitter.
During their three years suiting up together for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving made the NBA Finals three times, notably winning the 2016 championship series against the Golden State Warriors after coming back from a 3-1 deficit. This partnership ended in the summer of 2017 when Irving asked to be traded, as he was soon shipped to the Boston Celtics in a deal that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs.