Jul 17, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT
So let me get this right: A team with massive amounts of cap space next summer that wants to rebuild free agency is going to go after the two biggest names potentially on the board?
Shocking. Who could have predicted that?
So apparently the Lakers are going to try and go after LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony next summer, so reports Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst at ESPN.
The Los Angeles Lakers, whose plan to re-sign center Dwight Howard did not pan out this offseason, are poised to rebuild fast by focusing on the two biggest free agents of 2014 –LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, front-office sources have told ESPN.
Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or Anthony, with one source calling it “realistic” and another saying it was “far-fetched at this point.” Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the superstars who could become free agents in 2014 by refusing to commit to any contract past this next season, multiple sources have said.
Put me in the far-fetched category. And if there is any category between that and “impossible” I’ll move into that one. I mean nothing is impossible, but this dream is standing right next to Mr. Impossible with his arm around him.
First, I don’t think LeBron leaves Miami. He will opt out next year to get the security of a five-year deal, but I don’t think he bolts. His image and his international brand are at all-time highs right now, and whether they win a title next year or not if he leaves he’ll take another blow to that image. Yes, if the Heat are going to contend three years from now that roster needs changes, but I think LeBron trusts Pat Riley to do that in a way he never trusted Cleveland’s management. Why leave when you just have to recruit players to come to South Beach to play with the best player on the planet and compete for titles?
If he does leave he’s only going somewhere where he can win instantly. Is LeBron going to go into a West with a young Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to team with Carmelo Anthony and an aging Kobe Bryant, two players who want and needs the ball in their hands to be effective.
Finally, I don’t think Anthony leaves his hometown Knicks. He wants to win there. Yes, like LeBron he will opt out to get the five years, but he’s not bolting.
Even the ESPN article reporting this pretty much calls this a pipe dream.
“It’s all wishful thinking at this point,” a league source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. “Teams are doing more wishing than LeBron is wanting right now.
“It’s not about where LeBron wants to go [to win]. He already has two rings. If LeBron moved to Reno, teams would come to him.”
But trust me, we’re going to write about this a lot in the next year. LeBron and ‘Melo are going to refuse to discuss it and the Internet abhors a vacuum. Speculation will fill that void.