Since there are no tampering rules when it comes to players as Windhorst mentioned, it appears James is already getting a head start.
Obviously, Irving hanging out in Los Angeles doesn't mean he's going to be a Laker.
Irving was hurt most of his first season with the Celtics and was in the center of multiple controversies this season as Boston flamed out in the second round of the playoffs against the Bucks. Will he team up with Kevin Durant and join the Knicks? According to a new report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN, there's a small chance that a marriage between the two could be in the cards.
Take a step back and analyze the situation from Irving's point of view.
There's a strong possibility that the Lakers have jumped near the top of his list. There's no better way to decrease the attention placed on you as a player than playing beside a megastar and James, the most decorated active player in the National Basketball Association, still commands the most attention of any superstar in the league; he's a larger than life figure.
The Lakers will have enough cap space this summer to sign one free agent to a max contract. Irving forced his way off the Cavaliers, who traded him to the Celtics before the 2017-18 season. Pelinka might have the belief that free agents want to come to L.A., but I'll believe it when I see it.