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Anyone who strives to guess where Kyrie Irving will perform the next season will speak in their circles, especially if Los Angeles Lakers.
In his [ ESPN Radio show Stephen A. Smith said that Irving was talking to Kobe Bryant but was also mentioned to him by people near the All-Star point guard who had "no way to hell "he's going to reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles.
However, in the same sentence, Smith added that he was also told that "do not rule here" about the possibility of signing Irving at Lakers this summer.
The mention of Bryant and Irving's talk adds a wrinkle to a Smith report last week in First Bring Irving " goes to New York City" to play for the Knicks.
The rumors about the inclusion of Irving and James have been increased because the Boston Celtics season ended with a loss of five games at the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Brian ESPN's Windhorst discussed the topic in a recent episode of Hoop Collective Cindy ] Boren of Washington Post ):
possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting-door, ] deadbolted, has become un-deadbolted and is now broken tomorrow. Kyrie's radar, is on Kyrie's board. He talks to people about playing for the Lakers. "
Irving asked a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers before the 2017-18 season, in part because he did not want to be No. 2 option on a team featuring James .
James told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck last month that he " will be active as I need for this franchise to get better" during the offseason. Spotrac, the Lakers has nearly $ 42 million in practical cover space available to sign another player in a contract.
Irving has a player option for next season at the Celtics, though all the signs indicate that he will be an independent agent to have a new long-term deal.