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Kyrie Irving rumor notebook: Lakers keep coming up as a potential destination, Kyrie’s high school coach thinks he’s headed to NY

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For the second time in the past two weeks, a reunion with LeBron James has been referenced as a distinct possibility for Kyrie Irving this summer. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Lakers are not on the same level as the Celtics, Knicks and Nets as potential destinations for the All-Star point guard this offseason, but the franchise is on Irving's radar in the wake of Irving mending his relationship with James this past season. However, the departure of Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations would not necessarily help the Lakers' chances.

“If you’d asked me six months ago, I would’ve said the door was closed and locked,” said Windhorst of a James/Irving pairing. “That was not going to happen. But over the last few months, there is no doubt that a thawing between Kyrie and LeBron, and Kyrie has become more open to joining the Lakers and has done some research on the organization.

“That said, Magic leaving, that was a guy he felt a connection to,” Windhorst said. “And with great opportunities in Brooklyn and in New York plus Boston trying to keep him, I think the Lakers are lower on his list, but they’re on his list, and that gives them a fighting chance. Boston has got to still be worried about the Lakers in the Kyrie pursuit.”

Currently, the Lakers only have enough room for one max free agent this July and it's safe to say Irving won't be the No. 1 target on LA's list with names like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard expected to be available. Both of those superstars are considered long shots for Lakerland however, which would make Irving a potential appealing consolation price as a third-star piece (Anthony Davis?) is targeted in a trade.