LeBron James posts cryptic tweet after Kyrie Irving trade

LeBron James had been quiet for most of Sunday after former teammate Kyrie Irving was traded to the Mavericks and not the Lakers for a reunion.

James, however, broke the ice with a cryptic three-word message on Twitter later Sunday night: “Maybe that’s me.”

While it’s unclear what the four-time world champion meant by that, it’s easy to assume he was referring to Irving leaving Brooklyn for Dallas in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a selection of first-round unprotected in 2029 as well as 2027 and 2029 second-round picks.

The Lakers, who are trying to breathe some life into their season, tried to get involved as Irving was interested in coming to Los Angeles and James said adding the star guard would obviously help the team. The Lakers are currently 25-29 and in 13e place in the West – 2.5 games out of the play-in tournament.

LeBron James posted a cryptic tweet after his former star teammate was moved to another team.
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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, in New York City.
Irving was dealt to Dallas for a number of picks and two role players.
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James and Irving played three seasons together in Cleveland, winning an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in the 2015-16 campaign. The dynamic duo split up a year later after tensions between the two grew. Irving left for Boston and James flew to the Lakers in 2018.

There was some belief Los Angeles was Irving’s desired destination, but ESPN reported the Nets preferred the Dallas trade package to those discussed with the Lakers.

Unless Los Angeles moves ahead of Wednesday’s NBA trade deadline, James will attempt to drag an already underperforming player to the playoffs.


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