LeBron James steps up Kyrie Irving recruitment in bold Instagram move

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An Instagram account named "cuffsthelegend" posted a picture on Friday of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving in a Lakers jersey, which James liked.

LeBron James has another superstar target, and the Knicks may have a competitor for Kyrie Irving.

In fact, earlier this week, Lakers former president of basketball operations and NBA icon Magic Johnson as much as confirmed that Irving was at, or near, the top of Los Angeles' wishlist.

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Plus, there's always the strong possibility that each of those players could return to their current teams - Durant to the Golden State Warriors, Irving to the Boston Celtics, Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers and Leonard to the Toronto Raptors. Though that doesn't seem to be the case with free-agents-to-be Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard as Windhorst reports the Lakers star has been in contact with both already.

Take a step back and analyze the situation from Irving's point of view.

Until this team shows it can make the types of decisions that multibillion dollar enterprises make - because that's exactly what the Lakers are - it's going to be hard to believe they can return to prominence.

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Especially if Irving wants the media to minimize the spotlight on him, a desire that he made clear last season.

The Lakers will have enough cap space this summer to sign one free agent to a max contract. The two previously played together for three seasons with the Cavaliers.

National Basketball Association free agency begins July 1.

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