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NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving 'genuinely interested in reuniting' with LeBron James

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NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving 'genuinely interested in reuniting' with LeBron James

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Remember back in June 2017, when Kyrie Irving demanded that the Cavs trade him because he didn't want to play alongside LeBron James anymore?

The whole world was convinced that they would never be teammates again. But might Kyrie legitimately consider signing with the Lakers in July?

Well, on Tuesday afternoon, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report wrote the following:

While the news since last summer has been largely about stars not interested in being LeBron's sidekick—George's decision to re-sign with the Thunder, Jimmy Butler not having the Lakers on his reported preferred list and Kawhi Leonard reportedly favoring the Clippers—a source close to the Celtics confirmed that Kyrie Irving is genuinely interested in reuniting with his former Cavaliers teammate. "That is for real," the source said.

The NBA is just simply the greatest. You can't make this stuff up. 

About two weeks ago, Kyrie created a ton of headlines when he revealed that he reached out to LeBron to clear the air.

"I’ll tell you one thing, obviously, this was a big deal for me, because I had to call Bron and tell him, I apologized for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything to be at my threshold,” Irving told reporters. "I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that and the responsibility of being the best in the world and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people.

"Bron was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and tried to show us what it’s like to win a championship. And it was hard for him and sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world.

"Like I said, only few are meant for it or chosen for it and I feel like the best person to call was him, because he’s been in this situation. He’s been there with me, where I’ve been the young guy, being a 22-year-old kid that wanted everything, wanted everything right now. Coming off an All-Star year starting and this heck of a presence coming back and now I gotta adjust my game to this guy. You take it personal but, at the end of the day, he wants what’s best."

On Jan. 25, LeBron posted an Instagram story that raised even more eyebrows.

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And on Monday, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported that Anthony Davis isn't targeting the Celtics as possible trade destination because of a "growing belief of uncertainty that Kyrie Irving will not re-sign with Boston."

You think the Warriors-Lakers rivalry is spicy now? Imagine if Kyrie, LeBron, and Anthony Davis are all in Purple and Gold next season.

Anything is possible in the NBA ... 

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant wasn't happy with Warriors

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant wasn't happy with Warriors

Kevin Durant came to the Warriors in 2016 in pursuit of a family and NBA titles.

Durant got the hardware in his first two seasons with the Warriors.

Despite all the winning the Warriors were able to do with Durant, he never quite felt like he was part of a family. It's quite possible that had something to do with the fact that he refused to commit long-term to the Warriors. It's hard for a family to accept you when you have one foot in the house and the other on the front porch.

After three seasons in the Bay Area, Durant left this offseason for the Brooklyn Nets, and he revealed to the Wall Street Jounal last week that he never felt like one of the guys.

NBA legend Magic Johnson can't begin to fathom Durant's logic.

"KD, I hope that he finds happiness," Johnson said on ESPN's First Take on Friday. "If you can't find happiness at Golden State, where are you going to find it at? First of all, give Steph Curry a lot of credit for saying 'I'm a two-time MVP, I'm willing to take a backseat because I want to win.' Give Klay Thompson a lot of credit, because you know who's game suffered the most? Klay Thompson. He used to get a lot more touches before KD got there and he said 'I'm OK with that as long as we win a championship.' Draymond Green, even he had to take a backseat.

"So, Kevin, if you won back-to-back titles, you won MVP of the Finals as well, where are you going to find happiness at? I just want him to find happiness because when I look at Michael Jordan, when I look at Kobe Bryant, this brother, Kevin Durant, is one of the greatest scorers we've seen in NBA history, so I just want him to be happy. I just don't know where he's going to find it at if he can't find it at Golden State."

We imagine every single Warriors fan feels the same way as Magic.

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Unlike Thunder fans, Warriors fans don't hold any ill will towards Durant. They're just puzzled by his decision to leave. He had everything he wanted in the Bay Area and Golden State could have offered more money. Yet he still decided to leave.

But maybe Durant will never be happy in the same spot for too long. It's possible that in three years, Brooklyn fans find themselves wondering why Durant wasn't happy, just like Warriors fans are right now.

Ex-Warriors' Kevin Durant not limping three months after Achilles surgery

Ex-Warriors' Kevin Durant not limping three months after Achilles surgery

This doesn’t look like the walk of a man who suffered a torn Achilles tendon just 12 weeks ago.

Former Warriors star Kevin Durant was seen climbing into a van in New York City on Thursday, and he was showing no signs of trauma from his season-ending Achilles tear suffered in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

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Durant moved on from Golden State and signed with the Brooklyn Nets in July, and the 30-year-old appears to be enjoying his new city. He recently was seen in a Nets uniform for the first time since joining the team, although he is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season while he recovers from his Achilles tear.

The good news for KD is at least the rehabilitation process appears to be proceeding smoothly.

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