Celtics’ Irving open to Lakers, just not as much as others

Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving is eligible to enter unrestricted free agency this offseason.

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is open to joining the Los Angeles Lakers but they aren’t as high on his list as a few others, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Irving will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and has been linked to several teams — with a return to the Celtics also a possibility.

Joining the Lakers would mean reuniting with LeBron James, his former teammate with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving, James and the Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit vs. the Golden State Warriors to win the championship in 2016.

But Irving hasn’t experienced nearly as much success in his two seasons with the Celtics. His missed the playoffs last season with an injury, and despite being healthy, played perhaps the worst stretch of his career in getting bounced by the Milwaukee Bucks this year.

According to Windhorst, Irving has the Celtics, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets all ahead of the Lakers as potential destinations.