With the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline days away, all 30 teams are making calls in search of deals to either make a playoff push or accumulate assets.
For the Los Angeles Lakers, they have their hands full in trying to formulate a deal to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Trading for a player of Davis’ caliber would instantly change the fortunes of the Lakers and make them an instant championship contender in the Western Conference. The 25-year-old would pair well next to LeBron James and the two would form arguably the best one-two punch in the league.
However, it appears that James may be amenable to playing with one of his former teammates, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic:
A source close to James said he would be open to the possibility of playing with Irving again, and even highlighted his well-chronicled history of reconciliation with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert as empirical evidence that he doesn’t hold grudges.
Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to presumably get out of James’ shadow and prove that he is capable of leading his own team. While the Boston Celtics have proven to be a legitimate option to come out of the Eastern Conference, his future with the team remains murky given some of his comments in recent weeks.
The 26-year-old has been openly frustrated with some of his younger teammates, citing their inexperience and inability to perform consistently. While the Celtics should not be too spooked at the thought of Irving leaving, it does raise the question as to whether or not he could seriously leave for the Lakers or another team.
If Los Angeles were to strike out on a deal for Davis at the deadline, Irving is reportedly interested in reuniting with James as well. However, there are far too many scenarios that could happen between now and free agency to truly predict anything.