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Report: Lakers ‘have moved into serious contention’ to land Carmelo Anthony

Jul 5, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony wrapped up his free agent tour a couple of days ago, after stops in Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. He also met with Phil Jackson about a return to the Knicks after all other meetings had finished, and would reportedly be taking the weekend to decide where he wanted to sign for the next four or five seasons.

It was thought to be a two-team race between New York and Chicago. The Knicks could offer the most money over five years, while the Bulls could offer a chance to immediately contend for a title by adding Anthony to the roster.

But perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the meeting with the Lakers went so well that L.A. has become a real option for Anthony to consider.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Lakers have moved into serious contention on Carmelo Anthony, multiple sources tell Yahoo. “In the game now,” one source close to Melo says.

As one source in process says of Lakers bid, “They can promise max money without any (roster) moves needing to be made.” 4 years, $97M.

The Lakers and their willingness to go with a four-year max offer was intriguing at the time, because of all the non-Knicks teams pursuing Anthony, L.A. is the only one currently able to go that high. The Bulls could be up to $25 million light over the lifetime of a deal, and they would still have to make some roster decisions just to free up the money necessary to get Anthony to sign.

It’s unclear what L.A. can offer from a winning standpoint that New York can’t, at least in the immediate future. If you believe Kobe Bryant will return to a level somewhere close to the one he was able to play at before suffering his last two serious injuries, and you believe that Pau Gasol may be more likely to re-sign with Anthony committed, then yes, next season the Lakers would be in a better position to win than the Knicks.

Over the long haul, though, things become a bit murkier at best.

It seems as though New York (money) and Chicago (winning) are the two places that would make the most sense for Anthony to choose. Something about the Lakers has piqued his interest, however, and we’ll find out soon enough if Los Angeles truly has enough of an overall package to entice Anthony to sign.

  1. lakerade - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Just him? Sigh.

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Blah, Blah, Blah, we see when it’s all said and done!

      👍

    • mcjon22 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Not even a Laker fan, but…

      Lebron and Melo, just watch.

      Lebron is a complete loner who needs a ‘friend’ to go with him wherever he does. Wade and Bosh are his ‘friends’ too, but Wade is washed up and Bosh while solid, shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as Melo.

      I hope those Heat fans enjoyed the past 4 years. If this goes down, they won’t be sniffing the finals for years.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:47 AM

        LeBron is the polar opposite of a “loner.” A loner is a person who avoids or “does not actively seek human interaction.” Kobe Bryant is a loner. LeBron is gregarious and outgoing.

  2. casualcommenter - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    I love it. On the same day, there are two different reports posted here on Pro Basketball Talk.

    Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to stay with the New York Knicks and is even willing to take a paycut

    Report: Carmelo Anthony seriously considering going to the LA Lakers and will wants to get a max deal

    Care to guess who the sources are for each “report”?

    • pudgalvin - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      I seriously don’t believe anything I read about Melo or Lebron. And this one seems especially outlandish to me. I know, the Lakers are the Lakers, and say they do get Melo and Lebron. Still not a contender, especially in the West. Still not even the best team in Los Angeles. A lineup of Kobe, Melo, Lebron, Gasol, Randall and some point guard might be worse defensively than the Lakers were last year, which is saying something. And there’s still only one ball. Just doesn’t make a lot of basketball sense to me.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Check out the thumbs ratio on this comment and know we are SICK of hearing about Carmelo Anthony. Let the Knicks wallow in the feces that IS New Yawk City!

  3. sdchicken - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    The Lakers wouldn’t have to make any roster moves because they don’t have a roster yet. What do we have? 5-6 guys tops

    • tommy2cat - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      I’m sure the Lakers coach will figure that out.

      Oh, wait – the Lakers don’t have a coach.

      If Melo chooses LA, I’m sure they’ll deserve each other. lmao

      • kb2408 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Simply a mere formality. We all know who will be coaching the LAKERS next season. This is a negotiating tool just in case Melo wants to add his input on who the next coach should be. I’m sure Melo asked who the next coach will be and I’m sure the LAKERS told him. The LAKERS hate is alive, well, and real.

  4. 88heatnation - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I highly doubt it. Chicago seems like a better landing spot for the following reasons. #1 Better chance of getting to the Finals (East) #2 A younger core in their respective primes. #3 More defensive minded team to hide his flaws. Don’t think Melo would mind taking a slight paycut.

    • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      It would take much more than a slight paycut for him to go to Chicago.

    • zoomy123 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      We’re not talking about a slight pay cut. New York offered Carmelo the max over 5 years; Chicago can’t offer anywhere near that. They can’t even offer $18 M a year from what I can tell unless they start off-loading talent like Taj Gibson.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        They can offer the max in a sign-and-trade where Boozer is the salary ballast. I wouldn’t be suprised if Melo’s camp has leaked the Lakers as a contender as leverage to get Phil to co-operate on a S&T. Give the Knicks a couple picks (or Mirotic’s rights) to jump-start the rebuild process.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        If Carmelo wants a sign and trade he can force it, but there’s no way in h@!! that Phil will do any sign and trade in which he takes on Boozer’s $17 M contract.

      • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        I think one report we all can be confident in is that the Knicks have no interest in taking Boozer to make it easier for the Bulls to poach their star player.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        True.

    • kb2408 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Of course you don’t mind….you’re not the one taking a pay cut.

  5. muathjam21 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Can I just say and write anything as long as I put “Report:” in front of it? For example;

    Report: Carmelo Anthony has narrowed his options to the Knicks, Bulls, Rockets, Mavericks, Heat, and Laker.

    or

    Report: Carmelo Anthony doesn’t know how he’ll be able to feed his family with 17mil, needs MAX contract.

    or

    Report: Carmelo Anthony thinks his piss actually smells good after eating asparagus.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Don’t knock it til you tried it

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Report: Melo is an inefficient ballhog who scores a lot because he shoots a lot

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        come on ya’ll… you know I couldn’t resist when I saw that…

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        We know.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        jimee

        NO stats though…

  6. jzone954 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Sources have said 6 million things about Melo and 10 million about Miami in a week. The sports media is garbage and we all gobble it up like idiots.

  7. realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    If that happened, Kobee and Carmelo on the same team would be hilarious. I would actually tune in for that soap opera.

    • kb2408 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Obviously, you have never seen them play together on the USA team. If it were to happen, Kobe and Mello would figure it out. Kobe likes Melo and respects his game. Melo likes Kobe and respects his accomplishments. Kobe wants #6. Melo wants his first…they will figure it out. The whole “Kobe is difficult to play with” is overblown. Pau said he would seriously consider the LAKERS because of Kobe. Derek Fisher and Kobe are like brothers. The players that have a problem playing with Kobe are either: A. Don’t possess the intestinal fortitude to be a LAKER (Dwight Howard), or B. Scrubs (Smush Parker). Even Shaq says he and Kobe were the best duo ever.

      • onlyavoice - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        OBVIOUSLY Kobe has to be able to play, obviously.
        Any comments on D.Rose OBVIOUSLY leading the Bulls to a championship.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      well potentially. but having two top scorers that can get their own baskets is potentially good as well if they can buy into it, which is rare sadly…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        they both get their baskets, but only on a lot of shot attempts…

        both are volume scorers, not efficient like KD or LBJ… (psst, they do keep track of shooting percentages you know…)

        ya’ll know the county fairs where you throw the ball at the solid lead shaped milk bottles right?

        you’re given one throw with a softball to knock them all down and OFF the table usually.

        Kobe yells at the operator… I’m KOBE and I get 9 throws to knock them off, not 1

        and the operator says yeah, because you NEED that many attempts…

  8. jzone954 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    I will say this, if his family is game for going to LA , that makes things easier. If wifey is like “uh Chicago? No, but LA, sure” then it defiantly plays into it.

  9. hartdaddy - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    So it’s Bulls, Knicks & Lakers, you’ll prob hear Houston in the next 24 hrs. This is a REAL decision that has to be made here, of course he’s still mulling all his options, some of you act like these players are playing NBA 2k when they make these kind of decisions. Let the man breathe & let’s report when he ACTUALLY signs with a team, smh.

  10. realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Stick with the guy who’s got the last 5 Laker rings and all the Bulls’ rings, Carmelo, if you’re smart.

    • bhunter1995 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Coaching and being a GM are completely different jobs. Saying Phil will make good choices as a GM because of his coaching history doesn’t make sense.

  11. jzone954 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    And make no mistake, it seems like no one wants to follow in MJs footsteps. In 2010 they went hard after each member of the big 3 in Miami. And this offseason after Melo. And it’s starting to look like after all is said and done, they will have made out with Just Boozer in the whole process.

    • kb2408 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Kobe would’ve gladly embraced the challenge of playing in Chicago.

  12. 00maltliquor - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    97 million over 4 years for a one way player is a tough pill to swallow.

    • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      They are already paying 48.5M over two years for one one-way player, another one can’t hurt.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        Wanna bet?…

  13. muathjam21 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Something is fishy here.

    1. If Carmelo Anthony wants the money, New York Knicks is his best option.

    2. If Carmelo Anthony wants a ring, then the Chicago Bulls are his best options.

    3. Carmelo Anthony already talked about how difficult it’ll be to uproot his family and move from New York.

    Now, all of the sudden, the Lakers who don’t even have a coach, barely have three players on the roster, who play in the crowded West, and just paid an aging Kobe Bryant who just came off an injury 20mil+ are serious contenders?

    The only way I’m buying is if Carmelo just outright wants to live and work in California. There’s absolutely NO other viable reason.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Don’t dismiss Mrs. Melo… La La might have said Melo, we’re going to the Lakers.

      • kb2408 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Los Angeles is not known as LA LA for nothing! Get it…LA LA??

    • casualcommenter - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Agreed with that.

      The LA Lakers are selling Carmelo on their ability to offer a 4-year max deal and a promise that they’ll sign a big name guy in 2015 or 2016.
      The NY Knicks are selling Carmelo on their ability to offer a 5-year max deal and a promise they’ll sign a big name in 2015 or 2016.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Carmelo stayed in NY or went to Chicago, but I’d be surprised if Carmelo went to LA.

  14. chiadam - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Him and Kobe and….how many balls?

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      4.

    • imakcds - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      How about the 2 you use for brains????

  15. andreboy1 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Imagine all the iso ball LA would play.

    Kobe and Melo should just play 2 vs 5

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      They could beat the Knicks, easily.

  16. jolink653 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    So Melo would spurn the Knicks and the Bulls in a soft Eastern Conference for a Lakers team with three players on the roster, one severely overpaid over-the-hill superstar, no coach, and a team in the basement of the loaded Western Conference. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I bet the source for this article is a janitor at Staples Center offering his opinion

    • kinggw - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Actually Bill Simmons is the source that the Lakers are in contention.

      • muathjam21 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        So…instead the source is from a janitor at TD Garden?

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      BEST COMMENT EVER!

  17. jkaflagg - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Melo wants to come to Staples Center because that’s where championships are won…..unfortunately, he’ll need to learn to skate, play hard every night and make less than $24 million to play for the Kings…..

    Seriously, though…..it would be interesting to see Kobe & Melo play together, but the real question would be how they would build the rest of the roster around them; except for Julius Randle it’s pretty much a blank slate…plus, finding a coach who could somehow manage two alpha dogs while at the same time running the team.

  18. bengcolt - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Melo likes that attention and to be a potential Kobe replacement sounds nice to him. Hes like Dwight Howard. They want to be the standout player of the team….they like the limelight. Wherever he can go to do that is where he will end up….. likely L.A.

    Id rather see him go to Chicago or to Miami honestly but that sounds doubtful.

  19. ebrownwareagle - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    @pudgalvin

    Cocaine is a Powerful Drug! Just Say NO!

  20. JT - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Come to LA Melo #lakernation will welcome you

    http://thefrontofficenews.com

  21. steve63x - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    La La Anthony: The Decision Maker

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