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Sorry to spoil the party — Lakers have no plans to trade for ‘Melo

Feb 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

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We went over the ways we didn’t think it made sense for the Lakers to trade for Carmelo Anthony — they take on much more salary and give up their defensive anchor when the team needs to focus on getting stops.

Now, multiple reports from guys close to the team say no, the Lakers have no interest. We’ll let Kevin Ding from the Orange County Register explain.

The Lakers do not intend to trade Bynum, at 23 their one youthful building block for the future and still coveted by Lakers vice president Jim Buss despite chronic knee problems. The organization’s basketball decisions are increasingly being made by Buss on behalf of his father, Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

The Lakers have had previous Anthony-related discussions, but not only are the Lakers resistant to trading Bynum, they have no intention of adding a salary such as Anthony’s. He would average more than $20 million per season in his extension if acquired and signed, and the Lakers already are uneasy that their league-high payroll is bloated now and into the future.

Also, apparently the Nuggets asked about Pau Gasol for Anthony as well, but the Lakers said no once they caught their breath from laughing so hard.

Most likely, leaking this could be the Nuggets trying to get themselves leverage in talks with the Knicks. But the Lakers are not playing that game. They are thinking title and thinking Bynum.

  1. loungefly74 - Feb 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    I happy to hear this. Bynum is a special role player during the play-offs where defense is emphasized. An analogy: The basketball season is like a baseball game…in the 9th inning (basketball play-offs), we bring in our reliever, Bynum (Defensive stopper). We need Bynum for that one portion of the season. Yeah, I know the regular season is important for play-off seeding, etc…but ultimately, Bynum needs to be there at the end healthy to go against great defensive teams like the Spurs and Celtics.

  2. omniusprime - Feb 9, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Trading Bynum for Carmelo would be the stupidest thing the Lakers could do. This farsical rumor was started by some idiotic sports media buffoon with too much time on his hands and not enough intelligence to think it through. Carmelo doesn’t play defense and wants too much money. Bynum is getting better every game and if he stays healthy he will be a defensive force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. Let the pathetic Knicks get suckered into paying this perennial loser to much money for too little performance. Kobe Bryant is the greatest player in the world and the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat this June over Team Gangrene!

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