January 13, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott speaks with point guard Kyrie Irving (2) and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving willing to leave Cleveland for Lakers?

Fact: The Cleveland Cavaliers are a mess.

Fact: The only way that Kyrie Irving is going to escape said mess is by saying no to essentially two max contract extension offers by said Cavaliers.

Fact: That’s going to be really hard for Irving to pass up.

Even with all that said, it’s still Irving’s decision at the end of the day — whether he wants to chase money and re-sign with the Cavs or if he wants to explore other options.

And if he wants to explore other options, he’ll have to wait until at least 2016. There’s no way the Cavs are trading him before that, despite what the recent rumors say about him being unhappy in Cleveland.

I still have my doubts if he’ll ever get to 2016 as a free agent. Something tells me that the max extension may be too much for Irving to decline, at least at this point in his career. But what if somehow he does get to 2016 a a free man?

Well, according to Lakers radio announcer Mychal Thompson, if he makes it to free agency in 2016, that would only mean one thing.

[Lakers Nation]

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.

It’s still a ways away, but it’s an interesting thought to say the least. But if the Cavs can’t turn their sinking ship around fairly quickly, would you put this past Irving? I don’t think anyone would.

Kevin Love and Irving in LA in 2016? I’d watch that.


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