On his ESPN Radio show, Stephen A. Smith said Irving has been talking to Kobe Bryant but also noted he's been told by people close to the All-Star point guard there is "no way in hell" he's going to reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles.
In the same sentence, though, Smith added he's also being told "don't rule that out" about the possibility of Irving signing with the Lakers this summer.
Speculation about Irving and James getting back together has increased since the Boston Celtics' season came to an end with a five-game loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
"I think the possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting—that door, which was deadbolted, has been un-deadbolted and has now been cracked open. It might even be opening more by the day. And I say that just because I think it's on Kyrie's radar, it's on Kyrie’s board. He has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers."
James told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck last month he "will be as active as I need to be for this franchise to get better" during the offseason. Per Spotrac, the Lakers will have nearly $42 million in practical cap space available to sign another player to a max contract.
Irving has a player option for next season with the Celtics, though all signs suggest he will become a free agent to secure a new long-term deal.