LEBRON JAMES will not want the Los Angeles Lakers to sign Kyrie Irving in free agency this summer.
That is the opinion of Cris Carter, who believes Irving is too much of a “liability on the defensive end” for the Lakers.
The Lakers catapulted their championship credentials last summer by acquiring James in free agency last summer.
But there is arguably more pressure on the Lakers to make another big splash in the offseason this time around.
While the Lakers were fourth in the Western Conference before the three-time NBA champion suffered a groin injury, they have fallen down the rankings since then and are currently outside the playoffs.
For the Lakers to live up to their lofty expectations, they will need to bring in another superstar.
There will be an array of talent potentially available to them with Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler among others.
There has also been some suggestion that Kyrie Irving could be a target after the Boston Celtics guard reconciled with James earlier this year.
However, Carter doesn’t believe the 25-year-old would be a good fit due to what he perceives is a lack of effort on defence.
“Even though they have a certain amount of chemistry, the reason I wouldn’t select Kyrie is because he’s also the one most injury prone and he’s the worst defender on that list,” Carter said on First Things First.
“As far as free agency with LeBron, LeBron’s not playing a whole bunch of defence.
“I can’t bring in another non-defender into that mix if they’re trying to win championships.
“I don’t think Golden State’s going to be the type of team that they are now, but at some point in the playoffs defence becomes important.
“I’d probably stay away from Kyrie.
“I believe he’s going to miss more games than those other players.
“LeBron’s getting older, so you need a guy who’s going to be in the line-up.
“And I can’t have a guy that’s a liability on the defensive end.”