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On Friday, news broke that Kyrie Irving had told the Brooklyn Nets that he wanted to be traded prior to the 2023 NBA trade deadline. Not long after that news broke, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took to Twitter to tweet out an eyes emoji, likely suggesting that he wanted Irving to join him for the remainder of the season. On Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news that Irving had been traded to the Dallas Mavericks, prompting the following tweet from LeBron.
Why it Matters for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving
The tweet you just saw has gone since gone viral (25 million views at the time of posting), and it has everybody talking about what it could mean.
- James played with Irving in Cleveland from 2015-17
- James and Irving reportedly did not get along too well during that time
- Since the Irving trade went down, the Mavs NBA Championship odds skyrocketed, while the Lakers' odds remain very long
Bottom Line for LeBron on his future
Though LeBron has been playing at an extremely high level, despite his age, the Lakers continue to underperform, as they are currently the No. 13 team in the Western Conference with a record of 25-29. LeBron will not be winning a championship during the 2022-23 season, and the question is, will he ever win another one? Will he even contend for another title?