NBA Trade Rumor: Kyrie Irving’s longing for a LeBron reunion ends shockwaves to Lakers Nation

The duo of Lebron James and Kyrie Irving was one of the most complete duo’s in the league’s history. While Lebron had the athleticism and brute physicality to dominate the paint, Kyrie had the shot-creation and passing to cripple the defensive structures of opposition teams with ease.

However, the duo decided to part ways after Kyrie requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, which saw the star move to the city of Boston. Ever since, it has been the dream of every NBA fan to see a reunion between the former teammates Lebron James and Kyrie Irving.

Kyrie Irving’s interest in reuniting with LeBron James

Almost 6 years after he departed from the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving was interested in joining forces with his former teammate and basketball legend, Lebron James. According to senior ESPN writer Ramona Shelburne, Kyrie Irving was interested in pairing up with the King either with the Mavericks or with the Purple and Gold.

Kyrie Irving
Following their massive success, Irving wanted to team up with the King once again via USA Today Sports

Irving later emphasized his interest by sitting courtside and speaking to James on the matter before the first-round Game 6 against the Grizzlies last season. Seeing that both parties were interested in a potential reunion, the Lakers proceeded to evaluate the trade and even contacted Kyrie’s then-team, the Brooklyn Nets, following a silence in the extension talks between Kyrie and the Nets.

The star was later traded to the Dallas Mavericks after the Lakers decided not to land Irving as they were torn to pieces after a failed experiment that consisted of superstar Russell Westbrook. Thereby, a potential reunion between The King and one of his best teammates, Kyrie Irving, ceased to become a reality. A reality the Lakers wished they had at the moment, with respect to the maximized usage of Lebron James as their sole creator.

Kyrie Irving
Irving went to the extent of sitting courtside to talk to Bron via Getty Images

Addressing the point guard gap and trade deadline approaches

The exhaustion of Lebron James as the point guard of the Los Angeles Lakers is more or less a cause of concern for the team. While there is no doubt that the King is still a spectacular player, it is important to note that he is 39 years old, defying all odds.

In simple terms, there is a huge need for a young and electric point guard that can take the pressure off James. With this in mind, the Lakers acquired several role players and signed pieces that would fit the description, and it seemed like everything was perfect.

Lebron James
The Lakers will not be able to get the best of James at this rate of usage via Associated Press

Now the Lakers sit at 10th in the Western Conference with a sub-par 21-21 record, a stark similarity to where they were at the same time last season. There is strong urge for change within the Lakers, but that is a task easier than done when the Lakers have barely any pieces to spare.

With the trade deadline right around the corner and multiple trade rumors surrounding the league, the Lakers will hope to land players or a certain star that would help create a cushion for Lebron James and Anthony Davis to relax on. The Lakers are currently keeping their eyes on Dejounte Murray and have been doing so for weeks.

Lebron James
The 39-year-old needs rest for optimal performance via Los Angeles Times

What are your thoughts on the Kyrie-Lebron reunion that never happened? What should the Lakers do to improve their roster? We are eager to know your thoughts and opinions on the topic, so feel free to drop your opinions below.

Caleb Mathew

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