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Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers next summer? People are talking about it.

Jul 9, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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Especially without Dwight Howard sticking around, the Lakers are loaded with cap space next summer — right now only Steve Nash is on the books for the summer of 2014 (and they could waive him and use the stretch provision to provide more cap space). The Lakers will ink Kobe Bryant to a new, discounted deal (ala Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett) to get his massive cap hold off the books, then they will have wheelbarrows of money to spend.

And Carmelo Anthony could be their target.

Anthony can opt out of his deal with the Knicks next summer. People on both coasts are speculating a move to Los Angeles is possible. Here is what Marc Berman wrote in the New York Post.

The Post reported on May 29 that Anthony hoped the Knicks would acquire a secondary scorer to play alongside him and was concerned about management’s postseason remarks the team would stay intact. The underlying implication was if Anthony doesn’t see the team upgrade the roster with more star power, it could factor in his decision on whether to stay in New York long-term.

The Knicks are way over the cap and spent their summer bringing back J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni. They will be the same team as last year. Meanwhile the team across the Brooklyn Bridge made bold moves to get better, which is not going to sit well. The Knicks likely go into next season seen as the fifth seed in the East.

Meanwhile, here is what Eric Pincus speculated at the Los Angeles Times Lakers blog.

In 2011, Kobe Bryant was asked which NBA player he would most like to team up with.

“I would actually like to play with Melo,” said Bryant, as documented by Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com in 2011. “Championships are won on the inside and I’m always thinking about winning the title. I would love to play with Melo because I would know that I have an inside presence. That’s really been the biggest strength with our Lakers team.”

‘Melo will not be the only big game for free agency hunters like the Lakers next summer. LeBron James is the potentially biggest name on the market, but don’t expect him to bolt Miami (they have won two NBA titles in a row and he trusts Pat Riley to build a winner in a way he did not the guys in Cleveland). Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Danny Granger, Zach Randolph, and Rudy Gay all could be on the market.

Carmelo Anthony may be the “sexiest” name on that list (after LeBron). Whether you can really build a winner around him remains to be seen, but if he decides to leave his native New York (not a foregone conclusion by any means) the Lakers could be a landing spot.

  1. 1509lucky - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Melo is NOT a Champion. Sorry boys,but he lacks sorely in the defense department to even be mentioned in the same breath as Wade and James.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      You must’ve been living under a rock when Melo won an NCAA championship as a freshman.

      • chargerdillon - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        How many NCAA championships did Kobe win? How about Lebron? How many did Lebron have? You know what both of those guys have in common? They never played a game of College ball and there’s 7 rings 10 championship appearences between them. How many times has Carmelo even seen a championship?

        He’s seen them all from the couch. This aint college son. Take your college history and live in it, there’s lots of Tyler Hansbroughs and Carmelos, but they don’t always make a Kobe or a Lebron.

        Ball Dont Lie

  2. rumar1989 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    johndavidbooty, Kobe’s been on all defensive teammany times, and if he wants to guard the best score on teams, he will do that, he’s proven it. and silverandblackfan77, It’s not about not wanting to go to the lakers cause of the coach, and not wanting to play second fiddle, or any of that. At the end of the day it’s about winning, If Carmelo would leave New York, to join Kobe in L.A., Carmelo would be in the best position to win. All this other stuff won’t even matter, it’s about the ring. All of yall got to understand that.

  3. BigBeachBall - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I still can’t believe the kaman signing….

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If not Kaman, then who? It can only be between roughly $3 million to $5 million and only for 1 yr.

      What other center will sign for around those dollars and only 1 yr that will be better than him?

  4. MyTeamsAllStink - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    there’s only one basketball though ….

  5. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Melo in LA . . . . . . . please. LA can’t keep the players they’ve got (had), what makes anyone think the new owners can attract new players? Jerry Buss’ teams won 10 championships, but he’s gone. RIP. I’ll believe his son is as good an owner when his son’s team starts winning championships.

    Besides, answer this – “Will simply adding Melo fix whats wrong with the Lakers?” Nope. Bad coach. No center. No point guard. Old small forward. No bench.

    Also, if Melo and Kobe play together its just as likely that they’ll both be wearing Knick uniforms. This is ESPECIALLY true if the Lakers amnesty Kobe. Kobe likes the spot light and it burns brightest in NYC. Being a Knick fan, I hope they do amnesty him. With $30M from LA, he’d play in NY for the vet’s minimum – Chandler, Stat, Melo, Kobe and Felton are the starting five. JR, K-Mart and Prigs off the bench. THAT is a team people will watch.

    • mashoaf - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Are you drunk?

  6. slevy221 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Everyone knows Berman of The Post generates his own rumors just to get attention. He’s creating this rumor.

    Think about this for a second. Melo is a NY native and wants to be in NY. As much as he loves Kobe, Kobe will likely be looking to retire pretty soon after next summer.

    And yes…the Lakers have cap space. What about the Knicks? Amare, Chandler, Bargnani are all coming off the books in 2014. That leaves tons of money to play with. Why would Melo give up being THE GUY in NY where he can bring someone in to join him as opposed to joining Kobe’s team?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      If Carmelo opts out next summer, the Knicks will still have about $62 million in commitments. Chandler, Bargnani and Stoudemire are signed through 2015, as is Felton at over $4 million. They could decline Shumpert’s option which will clear about $2.7 million from the books. But they’re still sitting around $60 million in salary even without Melo.

    • qadrir - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      All I can say is not only Lakers fans, players, management plus paid subservient media leeches, goons all live in ultimate Utopian Laralala land where they have Bryant as Cinderella, and Phil Jackson as Wiz of OZ. These buffoons think teh whole NBA exists just so Lakers can play, they can write and gloat. I am a Southern Cali native and am just about sick of this fairy tale franchise. I hope no one comes here and I beg Heat and Knicks fans please make sure your teams locks up LeBron, & Carmelo. This utopian community must die an ugly death filled with losses, humiliation of defeats etc.

    • bougin89 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Chandler doesn’t come off the books next year and if you think Stoudemire is going to opt out of $23.4 million and Bargnani from $12 million, well, I don’t know what to say but that’s not happening…

  7. chiadam - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Kobe and Memo can hold nightly knife fights for the ball.

  8. jimeejohnson - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Los Angeles: NYC on the west coast; dirty, overcrowded, overpriced, and overrated!

  9. loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    …and another article to prove a point that the Lakers are a relevant team.

    hmmm…Melo would be nice…but didn’t him and the coach diss each other?

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