With the NBA Finals on the horizon and the free agency period growing closer by the day, it appears that some players may have shifted their focus to recruiting the top available players on the market.
And, of course, no one recruits more blatantly or flaunts league norms better than The King.
It is no secret that the Lakers plan on making a big splash in free agency this offseason to pair King James with another superstar athlete (or two), and it seems that LeBron has already started the process, as he was reportedly seen talking up former teammate Kyrie Irving in Los Angeles.
Kyrie Irving was seen with LeBron at Hyde in LA on Saturday. https://t.co/5HdVUECJOj— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 24, 2019
And that's not all. Scope out LeBron's recent Instagram like, which serves as a public wish list in 2019.
LeBron liking Kyrie in a Lakers Jersey ???? pic.twitter.com/BvqxZlbuQj— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) May 24, 2019
Although Kyrie promised to re-sign with Boston earlier in the year, it is a forgone conclusion that the All-NBA Second Team honoree will take his talents elsewhere come July.
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are said to be the top contenders for the young star, but Kyrie has stated that the Los Angeles Lakers will also be in the hunt.
Irving and James made for a star-studded due in Cleveland, culminating in their 2016 NBA Championship win over the Golden State Warriors. Many considered the Warriors to be unbeatable at the time, but the two former No. 1 overall picks clearly did not agree.
LeBron James reportedly told Tyronn Lue to let Kyrie Irving take the game winning shot in game 7 of the NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/1gm5NJF0HI— UnderratedSportsFan (@UnderSportsFan) July 23, 2016
If LeBron is successful in his recruitment, the Lakers will be a team to be reckoned with in 2019. But why couldn't they have just made this easier and stayed in Cleveland?