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Carmelo Anthony Would Consider Lakers If They ‘Strengthen’ Roster Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="160"] Once NBA free agency gets underway on July 1, the Los Angeles Lakers intend to make their best sales pitch to Carmelo Anthony. The Ho [new_royalslider id="160"] Once NBA free agency gets underway on July 1, the Los Angeles Lakers intend to make their best sales pitch to Carmelo Anthony. The Ho Rating: 0
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Carmelo Anthony Would Consider Lakers If They ‘Strengthen’ Roster

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Once NBA free agency gets underway on July 1, the Los Angeles Lakers intend to make their best sales pitch to Carmelo Anthony. The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls are all expected to do the same while the New York Knicks hope he considers returning.

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It won’t be an easy sell for the Lakers with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne claiming Anthony wants the storied franchise to upgrade their roster before he considers signing with Los Angeles:

The Lakers are in the advantageous position of having enough room under the salary cap to make a maximum offer to Anthony without having to clear any salary, but it is believed Anthony would want them to strengthen their roster before he would seriously consider a move to L.A. Sources say the Lakers, to that end, have been exploring their options with the No. 7 pick in Thursday’s draft and have told teams they are prepared to package the pick with the expiring contract of Steve Nash (owed $9.7 million next season) for the right offer.

With only three players under contract and no trade assets outside of the seventh pick in the NBA draft, the Lakers may find it difficult to strengthen the roster in hopes of luring Anthony to Los Angeles.

As Shelburne suggests, the Lakers have been dangling their lottery pick and Steve Nash in trade packages. Although Nash’s contract isn’t all that appealing, the Lakers might be able to find a suitor for the 40-year-old with the draft pick attached.

The most recent trade rumor involving Nash has the Lakers sending the two-time NBA MVP and the seventh pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young.

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Adding the reigning Rookie of the Year and Young could make Los Angeles a more appealing destination for Anthony. Another rumor surfaced on Monday that the team will target Kyle Lowry in free agency. Lowry’s presence would also be a step in the right direction for the Lakers, but it might be all about timing to land Anthony with the Rockets, Bulls, Knicks and Mavs intent on trying to sign the veteran forward.
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  • Jim213

    Lol, been saying this since last season BUILD A ROSTER FIRST WITH A SOLID STARTING ROTATION AND THEN WORRY ABOUT bringing in the stars. Yet given FO rumors they believe in doing the contrary.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Well if they were to pull of the 7th pick for MCW and Thaddeus young trade proposed in this article, they would still have 28mil to sign melo and a good center. That sounds like a pretty damn good team to me. I’m confident the FO is looking to improve all aspects of this team

      • Jim213

        Thaddeus Young’s salary next year is close to $10 mil. No, but trading down or buying another pick should be considered now to pick up an extra pick given the salary scale in place today.

        • LakersOverEverything

          But you realize Nash’s pay is the same, right? It’s an even trade, only now we get a player that actually plays games. That’s why I think it’s a good trade. We give up the 7th, but we get a good young pg, while also gaining production out of Nash (his contract, anyway)

          • Jim213

            Thinking about it, it’s possible tho it wouldn’t help the cap-off the bat but who’s to say T Young couldn’t be moved before the trade deadline. For a future pick and better role player (cheaper) to fall back to a more reasonable cap #.

          • DKWTTY

            Now you’re talking!

          • Isaac Settle

            Nash comes off the books yesterday. This means we’re not going after Love next year in free agency?

      • J Taylor

        Probably won’t happen unless the Lakers throw in the $3M cash trade max, and the 2019 1st….
        And if this were the case, I’d be ecstatic.

      • box5

        Melo and monroe? Mnm aka eminem lol
        Mcm
        Kobe
        Melo
        Young
        Monroe
        yell

        • Bradley Parham

          I like that

      • comrade24

        IMO this trade is the key to getting Melo. I don’t blame him one bit for not being interested unless our roster is improved, and this is a great way to do it.

      • comrade24

        How’s MCW’s defense? i really haven’t seen him play except during All-Star weekend

        • LakersOverEverything

          Honestly, idk much about his defense either. Hard to tell, when a team intentionally tanks all year

          • comrade24

            Where did he go to college at? i never paid much attention to the draft before because well, i’m a Lakers fan.

        • Javon Newton

          First Game vs heat showed he had d and everthing eles 22points 12 assist 9 steals 7 rebounds wow!

    • Zimmeredge

      I guess that if you have a promess from lebron the team will be strenghten haha.
      They are putting the pieces together.
      I’m still convinced by a one-two punch combination. But a big three, although unlikely to happen, seems legit regarding melo’s comment and lebron putting pressure on heat´s fo to put money on the table in order to strenghten the heat team. In other words bring in another superstar from melo, and build stronger, better or i will go somewhere else like the Lakers where they are not afraid to pay their stars.

      • Jim213

        Wonder if Kobe’s pissed that Italy lost?

        • comrade24

          and to Uruguay no less. shocker!

  • TheTruthKills

    And this is where Kobe’s extension comes back to bite us, unless there are a bunch of players willing to come here discounted.

    • Jim213

      Mehh, #24′s earned his pay unlike many of the stars out there. But Lakers have enough cap to sign 3-4 solid role players (starting rotation) for $14-18 mil?… while signing at most 5 players from last year’s roster (who play on both both ends of the floor) IMO.

      • David

        3-4 players at 14-18? Living in pipe dreams, see my post below.

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          I think he meant 3-4 players whose combined salary would total 14-18 mil.

    • J Taylor

      same tired argument.
      They gave him $25M because they didn’t want him to be on the free market in June. And, because they both know that Kobe will be the offense….

      Do you really think that low balling Kobe and letting him be a free agent was a good idea? What happens if he left and the Lakers had NO star, let alone having the stigma of “letting Kobe Bryant leave.”

      You are talking “what if’s” even though the team has the # to sign another star…..

      find perspective.

      • TheTruthKills

        You know what? You’re right. I’m done trying to point out the obvious to people. What was I thinking. Kobe is God to a lot of people. It’s like an atheist walking into church and telling people God isn’t real. Think what you want about Kobe’s contract, but don’t get mad when very little help is brought in and we’re back slumming in the lottery. Just remember that Kobe was worth every penny simply because he’s Kobe.

        And lastly, I found some perspective: He literally made more money than San Antonio’s Big 3 combined last year. Next year he’ll make $4 million less than them combined. But hey, Kobe first right?

        I will continue to support the name on the front of the jersey first. Go Lakers!

        • LakerLore

          Thank you for calling this clown out on his BS. He’s been drinking too much of the Kobe Kool Aid

        • DKWTTY

          So if Kobe takes a pay-cut and no superstar free agents come to team up with him he gets what? Less than what he deserves and looks like a fool in the process? The Spurs big 3 had each-other to take a pay-cut for. No I’m not “Kobe first” but stop repeating everything you hear from other media outlets. If I were Kobe I damn sure wouldn’t take a pay-cut with only Steve Nash and Rob Sacre signed for next season. He takes $11 million a year and Melo goes to Chicago, Lebron stays in Miami, Kevin Love gets traded to the Warriors or wherever….what’s he left with? $11 million and a first round exit? No playoffs? Mitch and co. don’t just wake up one day and toss a number at Kobe. Have a little faith in the fact that they know what they’re doing. I would have liked for him to take a little less but what’s done is done. Makes no sense crying over spilled milk. If anything he should have waited and conspired with other players like Melo during free agency but the Lakers locked him up quick and early. I’m sure they have their reasons for doing so.

          • TheTruthKills

            Like I said before, I’m done with the Kobe contract talk. I’ll just wait for the other shoe to drop.

          • DKWTTY

            Okay then because crying over spilled milk doesn’t accomplish much, does it?

          • kookiebuger

            So have faith in the front office with no plan outside of targeting free agency and hoping it works? The Mavs struck out for 2 years in the row before getting anybody. If Kobe truly wanted to win it wouldn’t hurt to sign for 10 million and use the stretch provision on Nash which would put the Lakers current cap at 14 million (I think) enough to sign Lowry to a 11-13 miilion dollar deal, LeBron to a max (20) and Melo to a 14-16 million dollar deal (59-63 million) plus use the mid level exception to possibly get Gortat. The biggest worry would be a bench but it’s not like players wont take a paycut to try and win a championship, Young did it on a depleted Lakers team.

          • DKWTTY

            How do you know that’s their only plan? You haven’t seen the rumors of them trading for two young stars? The Mavericks aren’t the Lakers. No one is racing to play for them. How many players have we heard already who have claimed they want us to come calling? That’s a good thing free agency wise. Again, who is to say if Kobe took $10 million that Lowry would have came running? We could still sign him if he wants to come over. The Lakers will NEVER have Lebron, Melo and Kobe on one team. Let that fantasy go!

      • kookiebuger

        If Kobe signed an extension to a 10-15 million dollar a year deal that would be fair for a 35 year old coming off a major injury and the Lakers current cap would be 21-26 million not including their 7th pick (2-3 million) enough to bring in talent, if he waited until this offseason it would currently be 11 million enough to get LeBron,Melo,and maybe Lowry and re-sign Kobe last if he truly wanted his 6th ring. Kobe’s extension is hurting their cap space more then Nash’s.

    • Jim213

      Good reply to J Taylor, but let’s not forget that FOs first pitch was accepted. However, getting back to Melo, (if correct) contracts can be structured for a player to take less pay during a certain year and be made up towards the end tho it doesn’t mean signing to $19+ mil a year but he can be paid a little more once Kobe’s contract expires.

    • Kin

      People tend forget the valuation the lakers franchise. Everyone was assuming the lakers were worth 900mil before the Clippers sale. Now the Clippers sold for 2 bil, the lakers valuation is closer to 3.5 to 4 billion, even though they are on a downturn right now. People were working under the mindset that the salary cap with its luxury tax will be killer. For team like the bucks or kings valued at 500mil, that may be the case. The Lakers have never been frugal on spending for players in the past, given it’s a new regime under Jim and Jeanie Buss let’s wait and see what they do. With a salary cap at 64.5 million, and only accounting 1 percent of the lakers worth (if valued at 3.5 bil). Hypothetically speaking, if the lakers spend 150 mil on salaries, it would only account 4 percent of their net worth. Before their TV deal, the lakers made around $150 million in profit from games and jerseys. From the TV deal, they made an $200 million a year. Add those together, they make close to $350 million year. If that $100 mill from salary and penalties. They still will be making over $200 mil in profits a year. I have feeling the people will be blown away on how much they spend just like they when people found out that the Clippers sold for 2 billion.

      • LakerLore

        So we’re going to start hanging spreadsheets in the rafters instead of banners? None of that money translates on the court. Yeah, we’re valuable, but when the game starts we’re losers. The Lakers are worth a lot, but that doesn’t mean the Buss family personally has $4 billion to throw around because the Lakers are worth a lot. Smarten up.

        Oh and there’s this little thing called revenue sharing thing called revenue sharing that puts a pretty big dent in your little financial report.

        • DKWTTY

          No it means the Lakers don’t care about going over the salary cap to get the talent they need. Just like the Nets and whoever else has a bloated roster.

    • ‘James Edwards

      Ok explain how did it hurt us??? They have plenty of room under the cap to build a roster……..

  • David

    This is the fundamental issue with piling up salary on one single player which in Kobe’s salary it takes up nearly half of the cap, add Nash’s 9.5 and you’re over 1/2 of your salary cap and these two making over half of the max cap are technically still injured and need to prove they can come back to play. With so little room for one max salary they can offer to a superstar player it’s their only choice to dump almost the entire roster.

    Kobe+Nash+F.A.= 24+9.5+23= 56.5

    What is next year’s salary cap? 63 million?

    If you can add a superstar at max salary there is only less than 10 million to build out the rest of the roster; i can see why they have to clear everything and now they have other dilemma as well which is proving to the free agent they have a roster to compete for a championship.

    They are completely hamstrung by Kobe’s and to a less extent by Nash’s contract.

    • Jim213

      You forgot to mention that Nash could be stretched provisioned or traded (ex. MCW and 10th pick for Lakers 7th and Nash). LOL… you’ve been hitting the pipe too hard. But you can still sign consistent role players for less than that it’s just a matter of finding the right pieces. Given players seem to be taking less at a chance to win a tile it’s still possible.

      • David

        Pipe dream: I guarantee you your examples will not happen because Melo will not agree to that roster and with your first example with Nash they would only do that if Melo Or Lebron agree to sign and I would bet my house at Vegas if that was allowed no superstars will sign. Dream on.

        • Jim213

          ?… What roster are you mentioning? The Heat and Spurs are a clear indication that good players are willing to sacrifice salary for the opportunity to compete for titles. If Melo can’t sacrifice some of his (no diss to Melo) then it’d be best if he went elsewhere.

          FO’s also stated that the only player that they’d consider offering a max contract to is Lebron. But yes Nash being stretched provisioned would only apply to acquiring one of the two. Although, dishing him out in a trade seems like the better way to go to avoid adding additional cap salary down the road.

          FO has enough cap to turn make things happen still tho it involves using it wisely for the next two season’s. This is why I’d prefer acquiring a few more picks given the salary scale being dished out to newbies. No pipe dream but if one of them is signed LN will come to collect.

    • J Taylor

      Nash’s contract is the Killer.

      Your argument assumes the team would be ‘championship caliber” this year. It seems they are angling for next year… and possibly for a 3rd year when kobe might come back cheap (and the team recoups the $50M).

      Knee Jerk responses are from fans, GM’s and Agents collude for a bigger picture.

      • David

        There was no hindsight; after Howard departed they signed Kobe to a 2/50 extension when he was still recovering from achilles ( no GM in the league except Lakers FO would make this decision) . Kobe spent the entire season last year at 30.5 million sitting on the pine. We’re talking next year and one more year after that no chance to compete with Kobe’s extension.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          That is why those team GM’s you are referring to has little rings combined compared tot he lakers, except Boston, who is in a worst place than us.

  • CAS

    I would go with:
    PG Lowry 9M
    SG Kobe 24M
    SF: Melo 16-17M
    PF: Randle (7th pick)
    C: Pau 7M

    • David

      Melo will not sign for less than max= 23+ million

      • LakersOverEverything

        Are you not the same person?

        • David

          Yes, and you forgot to add Nash’s 9.5 plus the rest of the roster.

          • David

            Unless you’re trading Lowry for Nash contracts and Nash returning to Toronto.

          • CAS

            I think the Lakers can find a home for an expiring contract in a year where teams are trying to make cap space for a solid FA summer in 2016 or as you mentioned trade him or stretch out his contract. It is my opinion Melo isnt going to play for 23M knowing there will be nothing left surround him w talent, Im guessing 17M.

          • J Taylor

            Next year’s free agency is very strong, and Nash’s contract might have value… (or he could get a medical waiver, and the team has $9.5M to spend on another player or trade!).

            It’s funny how fans forget that Mitch’s job is to plan, strategize and make the team better. – You all think he’s flying by the seat of his pants, when in fact, he planned this year (and next) 4 years ago.

          • David

            No medical waiver that has passed and you would have to trade a draft if you want a team to take Nash’s contract this offseason.

    • Clarkkent113

      That’s what I’m thinking. Both Melo and Pau would have to be willing to take a paycut, and Pau would have to be willing to take 2 year deal. We need to go into the summer of 2016 with as much cap space as possible to try and attract another FA.

      By then Kobe’s monstrous contract will be over and Lakers can resign him for a more reasonable ~$10 million/year. That would leave:

      PG: Lowry (9 million)
      SG: Kobe (10 million)
      SF: Melo (I say he’d sign for no less than 18 million)
      PF: Randle/Gordon/Vonleh (Still on rookie deal at 2.7 million)
      C: Open space

      The cap will probably be $65 million by 2016 so we’d have A LOT of room to work with. We could sign 1 Max deal guy with money left over to fill out the roster with solid bench players.

      These are some of the headlines of the 2016 FA class (Durant, Kyrie, Westbrook, Hibbert). To fit one of those pieces on the squad we could open up Lowry, and whichever rookie we take, to trade offers. Or just role with a really unconventional roster (move our Rookie to C, move Melo to PF, sign Durant and keep him at SF).

      Ideally though we could entice Melo just by showing him who we intend to draft and showing him this plan for the future. Because it’s Lowry’s contract that could really hinder us in 2016.

      • CAS

        Exactly my train of thought however I do think Lowry can be enticed by the glam of LA and had at 9M, I beleive Melo is the offensive help Kobe needs and could be signed at 16-18M, if LA is really where Pau’s heart is at I think a 2-year deal at 7M per is fair and lastly keep the pick and draft Randle, the Lakers need to start building from within, the new CBA has changed the landscape of the game.

        Lowry
        Kobe
        Melo
        Randle
        Pau

        Would be legit!

  • roseducanna

    Sign L.B JAME better than MELO.

  • numb1lakefan

    cant wait to see melo in a lakers jersey we have been chasing him longer than any other team and should land him like we did with dwight

  • iEATcelticBabies

    if we land melo, and bron, we will get paul soon after..i always want Chris PAUL.. fCUKIN COMMISH

  • Marty Susman

    Melo ruined the Nugget’s by demanding a trade, then after the Nick’s gave up their future to ge thin, now he wants to leave them,. Melo is not & has not ever been a winner & Mr. Chubster needs to stay with the Nicks or go anywhere other then the Lakers….I would prefer a Klay Thompson to Melo, I would prefer Love way before Melo & so on….

  • Josh

    PG- Michael Carter Williams

    SG- Kobe Bryant
    SF- Carmelo Anthony
    PF- Thaddeus Young
    C- Pau Gasol

    This sounds good to me.

    • LakerLore

      For a first round playoff exit that does sound pretty good.

    • RealisticLakerFan

      Let Pau walk and sign asik or trade for sanders or a better defensive center … soo much offense already with the rest of that lineup

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    While Carmelo is obviously a great player, I’ve often felt that him and Kobe play styles too similar to each other that may conflict as opposed to complement.

    With that being said, I’d chuckle if we took Melo from Phil. It would just be a funny little side note.

    • comrade24

      I thought that, but having two players on opposite sides of the floor who can both command a double team can be a very officient offense if they can quickly move the ball around. It will work great if you have a good point guard.

  • LegendInMyMind

    Or maybe stop being a pussy and go back to New York? Winning ain’t easy.

  • Javon Newton

    What if the lakers do what the nets did go over salary for kobes last two years .

    • RealisticLakerFan

      I wish we could but we would have to already have the players on our roster to go over the cap

      • comrade24

        we could sign a max free agent, a role player, and then go over the cap to resign the players we like from last years squad.

      • Javon Newton

        So its not possible? I remeber then gett andre kaliko after they were already over.

  • Tony

    Greatness should be based on Championships and Dominance over there opponents over there career…..

  • DKWTTY

    TRADE the pick for MCW and Thaddeus Young and sign Melo or sign Ariza instead and get Gortat too. Those two for the 7th pick and Nash is a steal.

  • Michael Pascoe

    Tell him that they are strengthening the roster, “We are adding you.” Case closed.

  • ASC

    we dont need a fatass on the team

  • Benz

    Did Anthony actually said this, or just hersay?

  • quickster007

    Kobe and Melo would not get along. Both are ball hogs. The Lakers should just wait until Kobe leaves or they can send him to the Knicks so reunion with Phil Jackson would be in order. The Lakers would have all kind of money to pursue James, Carmelo and a center. Draft a point guard and in two years they should make the playoff.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I don’t like Melo as a player, but they’re best friends. I think they could figure it out.

  • JuicySystem

    Seems to me like everyone is hell bent on Kobe’s contract except the business owners that actually offered him the contract. The Buss family has made it clear that they have no issue spending money to build a winning team, even with the “soft cap” that no one really abides by in the name of winning. They have that $67 mil profit from that 27 win team last season, they’ll spend it. You guys keep criticizing

    • comrade24

      no kidding. i’m SOOOO sick of hearing about Kobe’s contract. it’s done people, get over it.

  • jwil

    NBA Players should be judge by the body of work they put in not by the rings they have. some player have better teammates than others so hard to say they are not great players. The better the team the better the greatness of some players will show.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I agree to an extent. It’s why Ewing and Barkley (and others) can be considered all-time greats without any rings. The difference between Carmelo and those guys, though, still hinges on postseason success. Those other guys reached the finals at least once. They made multiple trips to the conference finals. Melo’s been to the conference finals once. And he’s played alongside league MVPs and Finals MVPs.

  • Marty Susman

    Melo screwed Denver, now he screwing N.Y. and honestly he is NOT what I would think of as a Laker. His ONLY concern is Melo and he gas never and will never be a true honest super star that the Lakers need for the next 10 years……Give me a Curry or Thompson or Wall or Irving…..

  • Lakers4Life

    The Lakers FO and Mitch simply need to sit down with Melo along with LeBron and build an understanding that if they want to win championships, they will have to take a paycut. It sucks for them, but this is all we can do now since we made that overpriced deal with Kobe.

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I honestly don’t believe Lakers brass wants Carmelo … however I do believe they want to “win now” and as such I think Marcus Smart is the guy they are praying will fall to them at #7 as he is capable of starting immediately and playing 36mpg from day one.
    - Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of: “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book”

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