NBA News and Rumors: Kyrie Irving to LA Lakers?
Irving wants to win without LeBron James.
The news of the 25-year-old wanting out of Cleveland shocked the basketball world, but with the recent changes of free agents leaving teams to win titles, nothing should surprise fans anymore.
After winning a title with the Cavaliers in 2016 and losing two others over the last three years, the young point guard now wants an opportunity to win another championship without the large shadow of James taking most of the credit.
Several teams have already expressed interest and Irving himself has made of list of cities he would like to continue his professional career, but one franchise not mentioned much and could use a star player is Los Angeles.
The Lakers are struggling. In fact, even in Kobe Bryant's last couple of years, the purple and gold have had it rough. This franchise is used to winning and its fans are getting tired of a rebuilding job that has taken far too long to complete, but a trade for a scoring point guard could be just what is needed in Southern California.
With nearly 400 career games under his belt, Irving has averaged 21.6 points, 5.6 assists, and over one steal per game. Those numbers from a back court player are exceptional and the type of stats that could land the former Duke star in the Hall of Fame someday.
With the recent addition of Lonzo Ball in June's NBA Draft, the Lakers believe they have a future star in waiting, but what if the front office decided to move the rookie for a proven commodity?
The Cavs' need a floor leader and could land a youngster that could help them for the next decade. They recently added veteran free agent Derrick Rose, but that is a short-term fix and not a long-term solution to a problem that could have this team struggling with depth at the position after the upcoming season is finished.
There has been reports that Ball and Irving could play together, creating an unstoppable pairing in the back court, but it would clearly take a player of Ball's status to even get Cleveland interested in a deal with the Lakers.
2018 Free agency could also help the LA Lakers
Irving would be just the start in L.A.. Reports of Paul George heading back home next summer have been wide spread. This squad would have a much different look with both of these players coming on-board over the next year and would undoubtedly create plenty of excitement with the fans. These two would also change the landscape of the league and give Los Angeles a shot at competing with the likes of Golden State and San Antonio in the Western Conference.
Magic Johnson and the front office need to make changes.
There's no doubt this team doesn't have the talent or experience to be much of a threat in the 2017-18 season. The front office must make some big moves to become a contender. The setup is perfect and the timing is right for changes and it could just take one phone call to get the ball rolling.
Even if this trade doesn't materialize, Magic Johnson and his staff need to get moving and land a star player that can lend some experience to the core group of youngsters on the current roster. Wining is infectious and until this group learns what it takes to be winners at this level and has a player to lean on in close games, a winning season just isn't on the horizon.