Boston Celtics

Feb 17, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Lebron forward Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) celebrates with Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The once impossible is now possible, as Kyrie Irving has an apparent interest in rejoining LeBron James, this time in Los Angeles as the Lakers’ one-two punch, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

“I would’ve said that this is impossible for many months,” Windhorst said. “But as time passes and as the possibility exists that Jason Kidd could be hired as the Lakers coach, I think the possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting—that door, which was deadbolted, has been un-deadbolted and has now been cracked open. It might even be opening more by the day. And I say that just because I think it’s on Kyrie’s radar, it’s on Kyrie’s board.

“[Kyrie] has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers.”

Irving’s reported interest in joining the Lakers comes after a disappointing playoff run in Boston, with the Celtics eliminated by the Bucks in just five games in the second round, and after Irving and James patched up their once-fractured relationship.

(Now, it’s worth mentioning that the Lakers have since hired Frank Vogel as their new head coach, with Kidd joining the staff as an assistant.)

Windhorst is not the first ESPN analyst to suggest that Irving has an interest in potentially joining the Lakers, either, as Stephen A. Smith said something similar on his radio show last month. Before that, it was Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher who said Irving was “genuinely interested” in a reunion with James.

That’s a whole lot of Boston-to-LA smoke.

It would one hell of a turn for Irving, of course, as he by all demanded out of Cleveland (and to Boston) back in 2017 because he was sick of playing in LeBron’s shadow and wanted the ability to lead his own team to a championship.

That has obviously yet to happen through Irving’s first two seasons in Boston.

Nevertheless, the Celtics are expected to offer Irving a max contract this summer, with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge calling the process an engagement, and with the duo set to marry in July.