Marc Stein has the report:
Irving has been connected closely to the Brooklyn Nets and they probably still lead for his services since he’s definitely leaving the Boston Celtics. That said, the Lakers have a dramatic need in the backcourt and Irving is likely the best guard available. If LA does go after a max-level player in the backcourt, Irving and Kemba Walkerare the only real options.
Look, if the Lakers can get Leonard they should almost certainly do it, but Irving might be a more complicated situation. He has history with LeBron and it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows.
Irving to the Nets has been telegraphed for weeks, so this Lakers news is a bit of a curveball just before free agency opens. We’ll see how it plays out and will keep you updated.