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Report: Kyrie Irving’s interest in reuniting with LeBron James is ‘for real’
- Updated: January 29, 2019
Back in the summer of 2017, it appeared that a primary reason Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers was to get out of LeBron James’ shadow, but according to recent report, Irving is seriously interested in reuniting with his former court mate.
“The Lakers may need to get creative to force the [New Orleans] Pelicans’ hand, but they have reason to be,” he wrote of All-Star Anthony Davis possibly being traded to L.A. before moving onto the topic of Irving. “While the news since last summer has been largely about stars not interested in being LeBron’s sidekick—[Paul] George’s decision to re-sign with the [Oklahoma City] 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.”
For Cavs fans, this kind of news inspires a mixture of comedy and tragedy.
It would be truly ironic for Irving to force his way out of Cleveland to get away from James, only to work his way back to being his teammate several seasons later. That being said, it’s already hard enough seeing both dominate in jerseys other than the Wine and Gold. To see them dominate side by side once again on the Lakers would be almost too much to bear.
The truth is, this is what the NBA has become in recent seasons. Stars continue to express their interest in playing solely for big-market teams alongside other stars, while smaller markets such as Cleveland face the challenge of building a contender through drafts.
Considering this growing trend, it will be interesting to see what the next mid-market team to win an NBA championship is. If this trend continues, Cleveland could likely hold on to that mantle for quite some time.