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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.

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