Kyrie Irving reportedly 'genuinely interested' in reuniting with LeBron James

Alex Reimer
January 30, 2019 - 10:04 am

When Kyrie Irving first arrived in Boston, he said he was determined to leave LeBron James’ shadow. Not only did he need to grow as a basketball player, but he yearned for some sort of higher personal development, which he claimed was only possible to accomplish on his own.

But now, less than two years later, Irving may be thinking about going back. 

Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher writes that Irving is “genuinely interested” in reuniting with James in Los Angeles, according to a supposed “source close to the Celtics.” The item is tucked away at the end of a long article about Anthony Davis’ potential destinations and the phrasing “source close to the Celtics” is vague, so this does not appear to be an ironclad report. But still, there have been overt signs of a thawing between Irving and James, who weren’t on speaking terms for much of last season.

Earlier this month, following an incredible win over the Raptors, Irving told reporters he called James to apologize for his selfish behavior as a young player –– in an apparent swipe at some of the younger players on the Celtics who have struggled adapting to lesser roles this season. Then last week, James posted an Instagram video singing along to the classic Fetty Wap song, “Rewind,” with Irving’s handle tagged. 

While Irving declared this fall he intends to re-sign with the Celtics, it cannot be considered a certainty until he puts pen to paper. Irving could earn roughly $80 million more with the Celtics this summer than elsewhere, but moving to Los Angeles and reuniting with LeBron may be tough to pass up, especially if Davis is part of the mix. A trio of Irving-Davis-James may be the best three-headed duo in league history.

Then again, Irving and Davis teaming up in Boston would be pretty dangerous, too. As always, the NBA Palace Intrigue is in full force.