After weeks of speculation and mixed messages about whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers could create enough cap space with Anthony Davis trade to lure a max-level free agent, general manager Rob Pelinka put all those questions to bed: The Lakers (19659002) Leonard reportedly plans to take a meeting with the Lakers (and others) teams, but if the Lakers can not lure him, it seems they value Irving just as high, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times:
Kyrie Irving remains as much a target for the Lakers as Kawhi Leonard, league sources say, now that the Lakers are sure they can open maximum cap space.
̵1; Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 28, 2019
This is a change in course since Tuesday, when Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Lakers were rooting for Irving to join the Brooklyn Nets so they could freely go after D'Angelo Russell.
There are also reasons to believe such a reunion between James and Irving – with Davis along for the ride as a massive upgrades on Kevin Love – is possible.
For one, we already know that Irving reportedly wants to play with Davis, and that people close to James think that the two reuniting on the Lakers is "still in play." It's also reported as far back as early last month that Irving has talked to people about the possibility of donning the purple and gold, and that James has been trying to recruit him. Even as far back as January, there were whispers – and cryptic instagram posts from James – which suggested that he and Irving wanted to rejoin forces
Will that happen? It's impossible to know, but things are certainly looking for the Lakers heading to the start of free agency on Sunday. And if they could love Irving, it's safe to say they would not have a glaring weakness in the backcourt on their roster, and with three talents as dynamic as James, Irving and Davis are, they may just be able to paper over any lack Spotify For more Lakers 19659009] ] Stitcher or Google Podcasts . Here is a list of every free agent credibly connected to the Lakers so far. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen .