Free agent NBA center Tristan Thompson revealed Friday that he texted Kyrie Irving to tell him it’s time for them to reunite with LeBron James. The three of them won a ring together in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving, 30, requested a trade earlier in the day after failing to close contract negotiations with the Brooklyn Nets.
Thompson, 31, is currently starting his new gig as a sports analyst for ESPN, but is evidently itching to get back in the league.
“He [Irving] put a heart emoji, so I know he read it,” Thompson said. “We all said it before. Obviously, whatever happened in Cleveland happened.
“But the band broke up a couple years too early. Let’s get it back together. This is what we need.”
Kyrie Irving to Lakers for Russell Westbrook?
Even if the Los Angeles Lakers pull off a trade that reunites Irving and James, it’s unlikely that they’ll sign Thompson.
James, 38, has reportedly been open to trading Russell Westbrook away for Irving, at least last time the Nets guard was available.
Westbrook, 34, is having an excellent year with the Purple & Gold and is currently one of the leaders for “Sixth Man of the Year.”
His fit alongside James, however, continues to be an issue down the final stretch of close games, so Irving’s shotmaking ability is naturally an upgrade and signing him would be another step forward in the team’s playoff hopes.
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