Rising star and former No. 1overall pick, Kyrie Irving, will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015. He has been constantly rumored to be extremely unhappy with the Cleveland Cavaliers for creating such a disastrous roster. Who can blame him as the team held four top 5 picks in the previous three drafts but have failed to improve one bit.
Building through the draft was the main goal for the Cavaliers once former star LeBron James bailed for the Miami Heat. However, if Cleveland can neither build through the draft nor build through free agency, how can they possibly improve? These are all reasons why there is pretty much no chance that Irving re-signs with the Cavaliers. Although he is definitely overrated, Irving is an outstanding offensive talent who can be a huge asset to any team.
Furthermore, the Los Angeles Lakers will rightfully be interested in Irving once he hits the open market in 2015. Now, it has been rumored that Irving may be reciprocating the interest back towards the Lakers. Lakers radio announcer and former player, Mychal Thompson had this to say when he made a guest appearance on ESPN LA 710: “My son Mychel, who is good friends with Kyrie since they played together in Cleveland, says that Kyrie said that if he did leave the Cavaliers, and the rookie-scale contract that he’s on right now, he would definitely do it for the Lakers.”
That’s not good news for the Cavaliers, but it is encouraging news for the Lakers because it means the star free agents still hold a strong desire to play for the storied franchise. After Dwight Howard left, there was much speculation that the Lakers can no longer attract the marquee free agents. However, with the recent news of Irving being interested and the constant thought that Kevin Love is also interested, Laker fans must be feeling pretty comfortable about the future.