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Report: Kyrie Irving Has ‘Real’ Interest In Playing With LeBron James Again

Source: Brian Babineau/NBAE

With the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline approaching, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have dominated the headlines due to Anthony Davis‘ trade request.

As James could potentially return against the Los Angeles Clippers to begin a six-game road trip, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka are trying to land their second All-Star player.

Since the New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly willing to trade Davis for an ‘overwhelming’ package, the Lakers would need to at least offer Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, and a first round draft pick.

While all of the attention is on Davis, Kyrie Irving is interested in reuniting with James, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:

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.

Despite winning one championship in three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, Irving reportedly requested a trade because of James. The Cleveland Cavaliers eventually traded Irving to the Boston Celtics prior to the 2017-18 NBA season where James viewed it as ‘the beginning of the end.’

Since then, Irving recently revealed he apologized to James for how he acted during their time together. As the 26-year-old is trying to lead the Celtics with a blend of veterans and prospects, he is starting to understand his former teammate’s approach.

Depending on what happens at the trade deadline, the Lakers could have between $30-38 million in cap space for 2019 free agency. As Irving’s max contract would begin at $32.7 million, taking a slight pay cut to play with James again seems like a possibility come July 1.

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