SportsReport: Lakers could still sign Kyrie after Davis trade

06:30  17 june  2019
06:30  17 june  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Kyrie Irving has been itching to play with Anthony Davis 'for months'?

Kyrie Irving has been itching to play with Anthony Davis 'for months'? The reported trade of Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers could also lead to the addition of soon-to-be free agent Kyrie Irving. David Aldridge of The Athletic reported that his sources say Irving has been looking to team up with Davis “for months.” This ties nicely in with previous reports indicating Irving wasn’t adverse to the idea of once again teaming up with former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James — this time in Los Angeles. The Lakers have already seen a significant boost in expectations following the Davis trade and are now the heavy favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals.

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Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets may not be the done deal many have come to believe.

A source close to LeBron James was apparently optimistic just a few days ago - before the reported Anthony Davis trade - that Irving, despite his strong link to the Nets, was still a possible acquisition for the Lakers, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.

Davis landing in Los Angeles may not deter Irving, either. Sources have said for months that the 27-year-old guard has long wanted to play alongside Davis, The Athletic's David Aldridge reports.

If Irving - or any other superstar free agent - hopes to move to Hollywood, they would have to sign with the Lakers before the trade for Davis is finalized. In that case, the deal would have to wait until July 30 to become official. The New Orleans Pelicans and the Lakers, though, are expected to formalize the swap as early as July 6, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Lakers reportedly targeting Kyrie Irving in free agency

Lakers reportedly targeting Kyrie Irving in free agency The Los Angeles Lakers have cleared enough salary cap-space for a third max-contract player, and it sounds like they are going to try their best to land one. The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported on Thursday night that the Lakers will be targeting Kyrie Irving in free agency as much as they are going after Kawhi Leonard. 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.

LeBron hinted the Lakers may not be done making moves this summer. After the agreement between Los Angeles and New Orleans was reported, he posted a photo of himself with the Brow in Lakers gear and wrote it was "just the beginning."

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