Boston Celtics

By Matt McCarthy,

Would Kyrie Irving seriously consider a reunion with LeBron James after the two reportedly had a falling out in Cleveland?

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, that option is at least now on the table.

Windhorst said on Sportscenter Monday that Kyrie is “more open” to joining the Lakers than before. That’s due to a “thawing” of the relationship between James and Irving.

“If you had asked me six months ago, I would have had said the door was closed and locked, that was not gonna happen,” Windhorst said. “But over the last few months, there has no doubt been a thawing between Kyrie and LeBron and Kyrie has become to be more open to joining the Lakers and has done some research on the organization.”

But Windhorst added that the departure of Magic Johnson from the Lakers organization could hurt the their pursuit of Irving.

“[Magic] was a guy [Irving] felt a connection to,” Windhorst said.

According to Windhorst, the Nets, Knicks, and Celtics remain in the hunt for Irving, with the Lakers being “lower on his list.” But Windhorst said Los Angeles still has a “fighting chance” to land Kyrie.

The NBA never lacks for drama and storylines, and what a storyline a Kyrie-LeBron reunion would be.

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