James "liked" a photoshop-crafted photo of Irving sporting the purple and gold threads Friday on Instagram. The Lakers star was teammates with Irving for three seasons while with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They won a championship in 2016.
The photo James liked was posted by CuffsTheLegend, who wrote the caption "I like how this feels."
Sources told ESPN that James has also had contact with Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers star Jimmy Butler. He had dinner with New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on Wednesday at Nobu in Los Angeles.
Irving, 27, has a $21.3 million player option for next season. Davis, 26, is under contract for $27 million in 2019 and has a $28.7 million player option in 2020. Leonard, 27, has a $21.3 million player option in 2019. Butler, 29, has a $19.8 million player option in 2019 with the 76ers.
Davis, Butler, Irving and Leonard all have been linked previously to the Lakers.