Draymond Green makes one thing clear to Lakers if they get Kyrie Irving

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Draymond Green makes one thing clear to Lakers if they get Kyrie Irving

Draymond Green says the Los Angeles Lakers will be NBA title contenders if they get Kyrie Irving but added they still won't beat the Golden State Warriors. Irving and the Nets appear to be set to part ways and the Lakers are being mentioned as a team where the star guard could land.

Russell Westbrook didn't impress in his first season in Los Angeles and the Lakers could be looking to move on from Westbrook and replace him with Irving. "With LeBron James, if you give them someone like Kyrie, they'll have a chance because of the way Kyrie can score the basketball," Green told Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg.

"LeBron will only put him in a position to do that. Kyrie has not proven to be a great leader. LeBron will put an umbrella over that. If you can do what you're good at, you have LeBron leading. They could contend, but they won't beat us."

Green has a message for the Lakers

Before the last season started, the Lakers were given more of a chance to win the title.

In the end, the Lakers didn't even make the playoffs while the Warriors won the championship. During the Warriors' parade, Green said he warned teams not to let the Warriors win the title. "This has been an amazing year," Green said.

"I told y'all, don't let us win a f------ championship, and clearly, nobody could stop it." This past season, the Warriors proved the doubters wrong and showed that they are still a very quality team. The Warriors' core of Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson can still get it done and they made it clear their plan for the next season is to repeat as NBA champions.

"We represent you guys," Curry told Warriors team members after the title. "The life that you give us, the inspiration, all those things matter. That's what it's all about. Entertaining you guys, giving you something to cheer for, be passionate about.

It's giving us the platform to go do things that haven't been done before in history and representing the entire Bay Area in the process. We're back, having a parade in San Francisco, so let's go do it." The Warriors will certainly get more respect next season and Green will certainly be looking to back up his trash talk if the Warriors meet the Lakers with Irving in the playoffs.

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