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Kobe Bryant Returns From Europe For Carmelo Anthony Pitch

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UPDATE (12:10 PM PST): According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, some doubt Kobe Bryant will be able to land in time to make the meeting with Carmelo Anthony:

UPDATE (10:55 AM PST): After meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony will meet with the New York Knicks this afternoon according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard:


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After the worst season in franchise history since moving to Los Angeles, the Lakers hope to take their first major step in quickly rebuilding themselves back into championship contenders by meeting with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday.

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While Mitch Kupchak and the Buss family were expected to meet with Anthony, there was questions if Kobe Bryant would be part of the pitch. Late Wednesday night, the five-time champion returned from a European vacation to be part of the meeting according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant flew in late Wednesday night from a European vacation so he could play a key part in the team’s pitch to free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Kobe and Carmelo have had a strong friendship and the five-time champion thought it was important for him to be there:

Bryant has a long history and friendship with Anthony and has been courting him for some time, but he felt it was important to be there when the Lakers made their pitch to him at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles.

Although most feel Anthony will either re-sign with the New York Knicks or sign with the Chicago Bulls or Houston Rockets, the Lakers are reportedly “laser-focused” heading into this meeting. There is optimism that Los Angeles can form a trio of their own by signing Anthony and eventually re-signing Pau Gasol.

With the Lakers adding Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson through the draft, the franchise has ample cap room to work with as they pursue the biggest names in the free agency market.
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  • Julius

    I feel 100% confident he is already ours.

    • vdogg

      i like the optimism, but.. seriously? i still think it’s a long shot. but i hope you’re right.

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      • Gemini

        Lakers pitch to Carmelo is take a whiff and Carmelo goes i don’t smell bullshit anymore and then Mitch says because Mike D’Antoni is gone and then Carmelo says give me a pen hurry fast where should i sign and Mitch says on the dotted line and deal complete.LOL ha ha pretty funny shit.Have some fucking belief bro this is the BFF of Kobe Bean Bryant so ya it’s all good think whatever you want if it happens lets then talk about it.LONGSHOT MY ASS DON’T BELIEVE BSPN THEY ARE CLUELESS TOOLS.

        • AryanTraitor

          I hope it’s that easy

        • KB8

          Lol, I just laughed my ass off with that whiff comment.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        LOL I found found out Kobe missed the meeting.European Vacation

  • nash gots to go

    stretch provision the muthafucking nash, fuck that fool. He’s playing soccer, rather than working out his body to prepare for next season. He needs to work with his Canadian trainer to condition his fucking back. But NO, the fool plays soccer!

    • Raymond

      Dude calm down lol their is NO WAY IN HELL STEVE NASH WILL BE ON THE LAKERS NEXT SEASON.HE WILL BE GONE NO MATTER WHAT!But yeah man i agree that fool must go and the FO is getting rid of Nash without us saying a word lol but i understand what you mean lol.

      • Zimmeredge

        If melo is not in. Nash will remain a laker. They won’t stretch him why? Because they rather prefer to get him off the Books completely.

      • Redemption Rain

        Nope you can be wrong, they didn’t want to amnisty Nash because it would be “unethical and unsound”

        • jake

          They used amnesty clause on Metta you only get 1. Most likely he will be back so he’s off books completely or they hire someone break his legs and forced to retire.

          • Redemption Rain

            Hire a hitman and break his legs LOOOLzzz and force retirement.

          • dencio

            James “Tonya Harding” Harden? =p

  • courtney harris

    This is going to be interesting. I know the lakers have made secondary phone calls, so it will interesting to see how long they give melo to make up his mind. Do they sign the other players while saving Melos contract? Do they think role players will take a paycut to play with a potential Kobe melo pau big three?

    • Darnell

      Yep there is always veteran ring chasing and willing to play with great teams and superstar players that is what the Lakers are working on now.

  • Ramez Guirguis

    kobe melo pau randle would be so dangerous.

    • vdogg

      truth. and maybe darren collison or grievis vasquez at PG?

      • Badazztj12

        I like sessions or chalmers

        • vdogg

          deandre kane!

          kidding… or am i?

          • Badazztj12

            We haven’t seen him play yet man stop getting too excited

          • Zimmeredge

            If we get after melo we will have vet player to help the team imo.
            Tony Douglas and cisco Garcia or wes Johnson to fill roster spot 1-3 and play some d. Then on the bench most of the mob with Marshall, farmar, young, bazemore, Kelly, Hill plus randle, kane, clarkson, sacré.
            We will need energy players from the bench and some defensive minded players who can shoot from three.

          • Badazztj12

            Cool…but I don’t want Wesly back am sure we could find someone better

          • Zimmeredge

            With the kind of money left under the cap i doubt it Man. :( wes can play d and shoot three from the corner he can play the fastbreak transition type of offense. Aminu is there but he is expensive.

          • Badazztj12

            He can run and shoot threes but his defense is not great nor good. He gets lost on screens and have blind defensive awareness. Hope Scott can teach him

          • Zimmeredge

            so he is the perfect definition of a role player. we aint gonna get ariza, deng or stephenson. way too expensive if we have melo in. we need role players who’ll shoot threes and defend well. in our budget johnson and garcia are available. aminu as well but maybe too expensive.

          • Badazztj12

            We can stretch nash which would put us at 28.5 mil
            We can sign bench players first
            Farmer – 1.5 mil 2 years/ Marshall – 1 mil year
            Young – 3 mill 4 years
            X – 1 mil 2 years
            Kelly – 1 mil 1 year
            Sacre – 1 mil 1 year
            We can go over the cap to resign Gasol and/or Jordan Hill since they have birdrights in there contracts

          • Redemption Rain

            Kelly’s production makes him worth more then 1mill, and no way in hell Young for 3mill. At least and I MEAN the minimum for Young is 5mill. Farmer is also too low, cut X out.

          • Badazztj12

            Lakers already gave him a mil offering and you see he still hasn’t been pick up? Young said he willing to take a paycut for us and you really think 5 mil is a minimum? Dude be serious, the league know he is a 6 man. Only 6 men I think getting paid that high is JR and Crawford. Farmer said he would love to come back because his family lives in LA now. Lakers said they might give X a offer if he is healthy. He said he will healthy by training camp. You trying to act like people are breaking there ass for these guys

          • Redemption Rain

            Crawford makes more then 5 mill, also Meeks just left, do you really want Young to be gone? 5 mill IS a discount, other teams will pay more for him. You don’t hand someone 3mill when they put up 17pts per game. 5 mill, 15 mill for 3 years.

          • Badazztj12

            Stop with the argument man we will find out early next week

          • Redemption Rain

            Who said this was an argument. Telling you the truth the way it is. Lakers lose Young, there will be no 6th man, no reliable player on the bench. Meeks is gone.

          • Badazztj12

            How is this the truth?? You don’t sign players or run the Lakers lol, and neither do I. I am just giving out my realistic guesses that may happen. You trying to act like if I knew who the Lakers gonna sign replying on my comment. How is this not a argument? You trying to tell me who we are or not gonna sign. Lol you look for every key word in my comment so you can bash about it. Whats your problem?

          • Redemption Rain

            I trying to tell you what’s best for the team, not what the team is going to do.

            Example 1. I want Hollins (too late), most likely Mitch and Jim is going to sign Scott

            Example 2. Mitch and Jim both want Melo and Lebron. I’m point out that this fantasy of them coming to LA is well a fantasy, while the mean time other teams signs Parson, Ariza, Lance, Monroe, and etc….Leaving us with a bunch of left over scrubs

            Example 3. I’m telling you that the production of some of our players warrants a respectable salary. It makes no sense for Kobe to make 20 plus mill going on a payed vacation with his family and Young who has been very productive makes only 3 mill

          • Badazztj12

            This is why I told you wait until early next week

          • Redemption Rain

            Next week I’ll be here telling you how stupid we are to let guys like Ariza, Deng, Lance, Thomas, and Parson go, because we got stuck in the “Lebron and Melo” dream.

          • Badazztj12

            Dude why the fuck you still replying to me I said what I had to say. Lol coming up here calling me stupid and shit when none of the mudafuckas you mention not even gone yet but you call me stupid like you can see the future

          • Redemption Rain

            Chill your fucken head and re-read my comment. Am I calling you stupid? No you’re not stupid, you just got anger issues, well maybe you’re stupid since you can’t read.

          • Badazztj12

            Aww ok you caught me slipping one time. Chill my head? How can I when you coming up to me with these justifications you have? Jim and Mitch make the changes around here. I don’t see why I cant give my opinion but when you come up here and just telling me straight up without any facts? I rest my case

          • Redemption Rain

            My opinions are supported by logic, you don’t hand Kobe 20 plus mill and give him 1 year free vacation time to go to Europe and Brazil and you guy Nick Young pennies. Its disrespectful considering how much his production has risen.

          • Badazztj12

            I feel you on that but right now money is not the problem because we can go over the cap. Its just how can Mitch and Jim can convince these guys to come to us. I just hope Lakers still got it. Feel me?

          • Redemption Rain

            As of right now I don’t trust them, and hopefully I’m wrong.

          • Badazztj12

            We gonna find out after the meeting. Nobody has been signed. They will know what to do after the meeting

          • Al Haldie

            Wesly busted his butt last yr running the floor and playing D, SO WHAT ARE U TALKING ABOUT…????????

          • Badazztj12

            Inconsistent and get lost on defense at times. You didn’t watch every game last year. Busted his ass? He mostly got his points off lobs, threes, and transition. Would rather get someone who plays consistent D

          • Redemption Rain

            He sucks, the man is a bust, he got drafted ahead of Lillard and Monroe. That fool is a inconsistent defender. Scrub should go back to the LA D-Fenders

          • Chrmngblly

            You must be…..

        • KwonGuerillaCross

          Please tell me that was a joke?

          • Badazztj12

            Named any other options if we get Melo beside short pg’s like Isaiah and Jameer

      • Ramez Guirguis

        BTW collison just signed with the kings. So he’s out of the picture

        • keenanjen

          He hasn’t signed with them at all. They are talking about a contract

        • keenanjen

          Okay it was just confirmed

      • Ramez Guirguis

        this means isaiah thomas could be available

    • Redemption Rain

      Who is going to play defense? Old Kobe and Randle?

      • Badazztj12

        Its not all about a defensive stopper. Just hope Scott can them to play team defense

        • Redemption Rain

          LOL whatever you say, assuming Melo comes and Pau resigns with us that leaves us with the PG position opened and hardly anyone except for YOUNG Kobe knows defense.

          • Badazztj12

            Clarkson, Sessions, Chalmers, and possible Bledsoe because we can go over the cap with Gasol and Hill

          • Redemption Rain

            We can’t throw in any rookie names, seeing Clarkson’s stats from college is great, that guy could be a sleeper from the draft but he isn’t going to turn in to a player that can play the starting PG on his rookie years. Sessions is good, but Chalmers is garbage, he was unproductive during the Finals, probably one reason that Lebron might not want to stay in Miami. Oh and isn’t Chalmers contract still with the Heat?

          • Badazztj12

            I don’t like Clarkson that much also and sessions would be a nice plug and play. Chalmers is a UFA, so he could be our last option if we do get Melo. If we don’t go full force for Bledsoe or Lance. This meeting needs to get done as soon as possible. I am scared another FA will go away.

          • Redemption Rain

            Exactly, if Melo needs to “think about it,” he ain’t coming. I say don’t want and ask Lance and Bledsoe or Thomas to sign a contract.

      • Ramez Guirguis

        can’t write off kobe just yet till we see him play this seasonn. Randle can plug the middle along with pau. Melo doesn’t play D we all know that, but hopefully a well respected coach can help turn that culture around. If we don’t get Melo, Lakers shouldn’t settle on anyone else and try to get Love next season or trade for him during the season

        • Redemption Rain

          If not Melo then what do we do this season? Old Kobe has been more focused on offense more then defense before his injuries. I say get Lance and Bledsoe who are defense specialist and can play both ends of the floor, resign Pau too. When Kobe and Pau’s contracts are done instead of Love we aim for Durant and Davis

          • Badazztj12

            The low post offense Scott said he will install, will give Kobe and Gasol more energy for defense. Last year I thought Gasol was gonna die on the court, looking how tried he was. He didn’t have the energy for defense. A milk clock offense would be great for us

          • Redemption Rain

            On the graves of my ancestors and forefathers there better be team defense next year, if they can’t get Lance or Bledsoe.

    • VillainKing

      Agree it is so dangerous line-up then Lakers need a young rookie PG like Deandre Kane and Jordan Clarkson…

  • Andy

    I’m excited, I hope he signs with the Lakers along with Pau! Instant playoffs, baby!

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    Hope the Lakers get it done today and convince melo to come play with the lakers next season. I think it could go either way but it is really great that kobe would come back from Europe and talk to melo and help try and get him with the lakers next season. Melo and kobe tandem would be like a one two scoring punch plus you got Julius on the low post ready to finish whenever they are throwing the lob. Now if the lakers can resign pau and get say isiah Thomas from the kings then that will definitely make the lakers contenders for next season, plus they would have to stretch nash to free up some more cap room to get bench guys. I’m pumped because I think there is a real legit shot that Melo could come to the lakers now that they have strengthened their roster and have a plan now.

    • vdogg

      i hope you’re right!

    • Redemption Rain

      Pg- Thomas
      Sg- Kobe
      SF- Melo
      PF- Randle
      C- Pau

      Beside Kobe(when he was younger) I don’t have any confidence in this teams defense, that’s why I was a strong supporter for Bledsoe and Lance as they can play on both ends. Who ever they hire as coach, there better be god dam team defense. The offense is strong in this lineup, but that defense makes me worry.

  • Ramez Guirguis

    if the lakers can somehow lure in Isaiah Thomas ….

    • Swaggy C

      I hope so. Im hearing Collison could sign with the Kings, so I hope that means Thomas is done in Sactown!

      • Lakers Rebuilding

        interesting kings would have three point guards with Isaiah collision and that rookie from last year so Isaiah would have to go then wow this could all actually fall right into the lakers lap

      • Ramez Guirguis

        collision just signed

      • Kobe Gagnon

        He wants to play in La, it would be nice. Idk if we will go after a pricey pg though if we get Melo. Losing Jordan hill for 1 would suck bigtime, and there’s loads of other spots to fill

    • taviyoung

      I’d rather have Bledsoe.

  • Hire a coach or bust

    If he is waiting for to long to hired a coach , we are going to bust on the search.

  • ethan s

    Sign melo and lance lance can defend and play pg he is best option defensively and offensively because we cant take bledsoe from suns I think kobe nash can really help him focus lance kobe melo randle pau thats a better all around starting team then anywhere except Chicago but given its la and his friend kobe we cld have edge and yes its possible first year lance 10 mil melo 18mil…lance 5yr/50mil melo 4yr 75-80mil

    • taviyoung

      Lance is a cancer. He’ll ruin the team

      • ethan s

        I dont think so look how ron artest wrked out and I dnt think he can ruin a team with players like kobe nash pau…those are great leaders with diff. Styles

        • taviyoung

          One thing about Ron Ron was that he was known around the league to be a GREAT teammate. Can’t say the same about Lance.

          • ethan s

            True I agree with that and honestly probably got a 50/50 shot with how it cld turn out but in the west with all these good-great pgs we need a def stopper there and hes only 23 this is like getting a 2nd lottery pick just more expensive were at a junction where we will have to take some risk and with pau as our center-i love him but-we need someone to stop the pgs from just getting to basket pau can play good one on one with other centers but hes not a good helper and without lance we dnt have good options besides letting our 2nd rnder..yeah we cld get thomas but hes not gunna be avle to defend he can score and decent passer but hes 5’9

          • taviyoung

            I agree and that’s why I say we should go all out for Bledose, especially since Lowry is gone

          • Zimmeredge

            He is the best asset we could if we do not get melo because he is versatile and complete. He can defend 3 position and he is young so he might able to carry the team a little bit. But then we will only recruit one guy above ten millions. We won’t recruit multiple double digits wage this summer we wanna keep our flexibility for next season.

  • Ryan LeBraun

    Cap=$63.2 Mil. Kobe=$23.5. Melo=$22.5. Nash waived/stretched=$3.23. Sacre=$.915. Randle=$2.45. That leaves $10.61 million for the rest of the roster (another 9-11 players). I actually hope Melo doesn’t sign, so we can spend money on cheaper guys like Trevor Ariza, Eric Bledsoe, Pau Gasol, Luol Deng, Isaiah Thomas, etc. For the price of one $22.5 Million Melo, I would rather have Eric Bledsoe and Pau Gasol. Or maybe even a trio of Trevor Ariza, Isaiah Thomas, and Pau Gasol, for the same $22.5 Million.

    • ethan s

      We can still sign pau after our cap is gone we have bird rights so we cld sign melo bledsoe but where not going to get bledsoe no matter what but we cld get lance and melo then once cap is gone resign our players that we have bird rights pau n young hill farmar henry etc

      • Ryan LeBraun

        Wow, I stand corrected. Thank you for that clarification. I forgot about our bird rights with Pau. I like your plan. Sign Melo, sign Bledsoe. Sign pau.

        • taviyoung

          Now you’re talking my kind of talk

        • ethan s

          If we can get bledsoe that wld be heaven but I doubt it 1. The suns are gunna match anything we throw at him if melo signs for 18 mil instead of 22 that gives about 14 mil to through at bledsoe and honestly the suns will match because they hate us and they love bledsoe lowry was nxt target of mine but only on short 3 yr deal hes gone I only see lance and then thomas but thomes wnt give us anything to be desired on defense

          • taviyoung

            Trust me if the offer is right, Bledsoe will choose us over Phoenix in a heartbeat. We’re talking about playing for the best organization in basketball and playing with one of the best players to ever play the game. No brainer

          • Redemption Rain

            Mitch has said and many other people have stated this before. Talking about the past is not going to help us, free agents wants to talk about our future and their future.

          • taviyoung

            That’s true, but you can never look past or forget the great accomplishments this franchise has achieved. They just have so much to sell to a FA. We’re talking about choosing between the city of angels and Phoenix. What would you choose?

          • Redemption Rain

            We can’t sell them the past, that’s the point. Everyone knows the Lakers is great, but we are not going to make Melo a champ by asking Kobe to give him one of his rings LOL. The future man, we got to think about the future for ourselves and the free agents that we are meeting.

          • Zimmeredge

            you ain’t gonna bring bledsoe, and bledsoe is injury prone + suns better keep him if they really want to lure lebron.

        • Badazztj12

          We have birdrights for Gasol and Jordan Hill, so he good

      • taviyoung

        Exactly

    • taviyoung

      We’re the Lakers. We don’t give a flying FUCK about going over the cap.

      • onehunnit

        exactly we make enough money from revenue, merch and ticket sales to pay for all that

      • Redemption Rain

        True, but you can’t go over the Luxury Tax threshold which stands at $77,000,000. LA has around 42 mill to spend if they don’t care about the $63,200,000 cap space.

        • taviyoung

          Plenty enough to get us what we need

          • Redemption Rain

            What this team needs is young defense players such as Bledsoe and Lance, not middle age superstars. Rather have Durant and Davis for upcoming seasons

    • Redemption Rain

      This guy, I like you already. I was never a stronger supporter of over paying middle aged superstars. We don’t have a roster yet, spend it on young mid-level talents that makes our team attractive. Imagine if we have Bledsoe and Lance together? And when Kobe is done with his contract, we can go big on a superstar, probably right now is we don’t have a team and I don’t want to resign D-League scrubs.

    • taviyoung

      I understand what you’re saying though, but the Lakers could care less about going over with the profit that they make every year.

    • Dee

      Finally someone who gets it!! Why sign melo when you can get Ariza Thomas or Bledsoe and more energy players rather than spend so much on one and left w no more money!!!

    • Zimmeredge

      Melo can’t earn 22,5 in la. That’s what he could earn in his first season in nyc if they give him the Max.
      The Max we offer is 96 in 4y and we won’t give him that.
      But hey nyc unlikely to give him the Max, jax told the press he wants him to take a paycut.

  • Ryan LeBraun

    The Kings just signed Darren Collison! That means they likely won’t be countering any reasonable deal for Isaiah Thomas (hopefully). This is our chance to nab Thomas for $5 mil/year! Do we actually want Isaiah Thomas? PG stock getting thin with Lowry and Collison gone.

    • taviyoung

      I don’t. A liability defensively due to his size.

      • Redemption Rain

        And Melo isn’t a liability of defense? Its either Thomas or Bledsoe. Bledsoe is a long shot, if he loves the Suns more then what we have to offer. He is a restricted free agent by the way.

        • lakerfan

          Yea but im pretty sure FO and Kobe really would like Melo to join the purple and gold…

          • Redemption Rain

            Ummm so? unless they got their defensive issues from last season straighten out, I still see a serious problem that needs to be address

        • LakersOverEverything

          No, melo CAN play good defense. Big difference

          • Redemption Rain

            When has Melo play “good” defense.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Whenever there’s been an incentive…big game on the line, defending another superstar (did good again lebron).

          • Redemption Rain

            I want consistent defense, defense from guys like Bledsoe, Lance, guys like DeAndre Jordan and Ibaka, that is defense.

          • LakersOverEverything

            My point is simply that he is capable of playing good D. We don’t need defensive specialists, just a coach who values team defense.

      • Ryan LeBraun

        True, but look at what PG’s are now available after Collison signed. Bledsoe is #1 choice obviously. but if he we can’t pry him from phoenix, then our choices are Isaiah Thomas or… yikes… Mo williams, Jameer Nelson, Mario *vomit* Chalmers, Ramon Sessions…etc. Thomas is a legit efficient scorer. I think I’d give up some points if i’m gonna get double the points (20ppg) back from Thomas

        • lakerfan

          I agree with you, imagine having that kind of scoring talent on the starting 5? Kobe, Thomas, Melo,Randle(still to be seen) and Gasol?

          • Redemption Rain

            It makes no sense to put a bunch of scorers together. There is only one basketball on the court. We desperately need defensive specialist, not more scorers and more scorers.

          • Ryan LeBraun

            I agree. Ok, now i’m really upset that we didn’t get Darren Collison.

          • lakerfan

            you dont really need “specialist” you need a coach who can preach defense.. Look at the spurs… any player is capable of playing defense if he sets his mind too it.

          • Redemption Rain

            And you think Scott can be that guy? Well see then…..sigh

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly

    • miles

      Why is everyone counting Jordan Clarkson out. He was drafted at number 40+, but he was projected to be a 1st rounder. Even though his defense needs work, he is also a 6’5 PG who can learn to use his size advantage against other point guards. Him being a rookie also will allow him to develop his game more.

  • lakerfan

    PG Isaiah thomas/or Bledsoe
    SG kobe bryant
    SF Carmelo Anthony
    PF Julis Randle
    C Pau Gasol
    Bench
    PG Farmar/Marshal
    SG Young/Clarkson
    SF Xavier
    PF Kelly
    C Kaman?/Sacre

    • Redemption Rain

      Who will be our defensive go to guys LOL?

      • lakerfan

        If they bring in Carmelo can they bring in Ariza/Deng? isaiah thomas?

        • Redemption Rain

          Ariza and Deng play the same position as Melo. Thomas is not known for his defense. All this time I said I want Lance and Bledsoe instead of Melo.

          • taviyoung

            You must want Kobe to play the 3???

          • Redemption Rain

            YES! Unless we say screw Lance and bring Ariza

          • taviyoung

            I don’t like Kobe at the three. That takes away from his advantage offensively being able to take the smaller guards down in the post and torch them.

          • Redemption Rain

            You said I want Kobe to play 3. I said yes. So that means Lance plays the 2

          • taviyoung

            I would roll with Ariza over Lance. Don’t like Kobe at the 3

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL Bledsoe and Ariza could work, Ariza is also cheaper then Lance

        • taviyoung

          No that wouldn’t be smart

    • taviyoung

      Take Thomas out for Bledsoe

    • Badazztj12

      I like your roster and I believe Scott can get them to play team D but I would rather have sessions for pg because Isaiah size looks like he will be giving easy buckets

      • taviyoung

        Agree.

  • We The Lakers Who You?

    Kobe Bryant+LeBron James+Carmelo Anthony+Julius Randle now enemies scared.

    • Badazztj12

      We are not getting Lebron. I am like Julius “I would rather play against him”

      • taviyoung

        Agree

    • taviyoung

      F*** Lebron. I would rather beat his ass like the Spurs did

    • Redemption Rain

      Put down that blunt son

    • taviyoung

      That wouldn’t be a good look for the league. 3 of the top five players on the same team.

  • taviyoung

    I got one question though… WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE WAITING ON TO GET RID OF STEVE NASH??????!!!!!!!

  • Today Was A Good Day

    Now they scared of the Lakers bow down to some brothas that are better than you.

  • Selby

    Lakers got this on lockdown the rest of the NBA is scrambling now oh they worried.

    • independentbynature

      Not really…Mostly they are laughing at us for being so delusional.

  • Vince

    Hurry use stretch provision on Steve Nash we have a short time frame to get everything done and finalized for the new big 4 Kobe+LeBron+Carmelo+Julius

    • Redemption Rain

      Stop being disillusional, why not Team USA then? Yeah let’s go ask team USA to play for LA. Paul, Durant, Davis, Wall, and all the superstars.

      • Zimmeredge

        don’t forget coack K ;) haha
        lebron and melo. if team is willing to over the cap they will bring a third guy to play the point but it won’t be isaiah thomas. we need defense. hope clarkson and kane deliver. and hope we can bring in another guy to play point d.

        • Redemption Rain

          There won’t be a third guy, we can go over the cap, but we can’t go over the luxury tax threshold. We still have a roster to fill out, even if Lebron and Melo comes well they only have Kobe, everyone else is going to be cheap D-league one year contract scrubs

          • Zimmeredge

            I was being ironic. I do not believe, not for a second that we can get both of them. Melo? Might happen.

  • east meets west

    Lakers got the salary cap space and the drive and willing owners to get it done.

  • taviyoung

    Lakers Nation this is a huge summer for us. Our future is on the line. We’re off to a good start though with getting Randle(the best player in the draft to me) and getting a sleeper in Clarkson.

  • in game

    Question: what about defense in the middle? Remember last year every team was throwing down dunks and running lay up drills on the Lakers. No way Pau can be the defense stopper in the middle.

    • Redemption Rain

      That’s why you sleep on Melo and go after Bledsoe and Lance. If Asik was still available I would throw in his name too with Hollins as our coach.

    • Badazztj12

      You know who we had as our coach last year? He didn’t give a lick about defense. The team wasted most of there energy on offense and were expected to hold on defense? These guys are human. This is why Mike D will never get through his sick mind that he not a good coach

  • Fight Club

    And the power shift has begun as Mitch and Jim are bossing and the NBA is on warning now as they all took notice as what is really going with Kobe and his soon to be superstar teammates off to the races they go.Lakers won 2014 Summer.

  • sena

    lebron kobe melo big3!!!! it is obvious why leBron didn’t decide where to go.reports show that king keeps his decision from bosh and wade.i began to think that this could be possible we are best franchise in the history of sports.believe it or not.we can bring anyone we wanna easily.

  • independentbynature

    LeBron and/or Melo are not coming.This is delusional thinking.The sooner everyone realizes that,the sooner we can move on to improving a barren roster.

    • RUDY T.

      Who told you they are not coming?Carmelo is already with the Lakers in a contract meeting today.Please tell me who you’re sources are sir?Mine are telling me they are both coming.You sound like a ordinary pessimist fan.

      • Badazztj12

        Melo maybe but Lebron and Melo nah….

      • independentbynature

        Commonsense and 49 yrs. of watching basketball told me,Sena.Your sources are delusional or liars.I’m a realistic fan.I don’t drink the koolaid.I like to keep it real.

    • BULL

      LeBron NO, Melo , it is not going to hurt to try but I don’t see him comin here neither … but at least try

      • independentbynature

        I guess it’s worth a try.But anyone who expects this to happen is delusional.I’d love to be wrong.Logic and experience tell me I’m not.

  • Lawrence

    Lakers fans are believers we must believe in our FO The team has way more inside sources and the inner workings are not what ESPN says they are drastically different most deals happen without much conversation or speculation as you have seen now with Jodie Meeks,Darren Collinson,Shaun Livingston all out of the clear blue sky.The Lakers will get players and they will sign Carmelo Anthony despite the doubt some might have.Lets keep shit real alright.STOP HATING JUST GTFO!

    • independentbynature

      None of the deals you mentioned were out out of the clear blue sky.Detroit over-payed,that’s all.Stop with the fantasies if you want to keep it real.

  • BULL

    Yo Kobe, wont you pitch over some of that dough you just got for we can get a few good players instead of just one! what am I saying not his fault and he deserves it .. I just cant wait til this meeting is over and Melo makes his decision .. If he choose to come to Lakers, it will be an over night rebuilding success but if he doesn’t .. Mitch get to work!

  • Willie

    If you think they ain’t coming to the Lakers be prepared to be shocked.

    • independentbynature

      You better be prepared for a big dose of reality.It’s coming right at you.Real fans aren’t delusional.

  • DeMarcus

    The Lakers FO has better creativity than any team in the NBA since they have been working on this plan for 3 years now.Creativity is what it will take being creative enough to make it happen.

    • independentbynature

      This FO has no plan at all.Jimmy has done serious damage to the Lakers brand.That is undeniable.Get real.The truth will set you free.

      • Badazztj12

        I can tell you gave up on the Lakers already lol

        • independentbynature

          No,they are my team.I’ve given up on Jimmy Buss,though.It’s very disappointing to witness what he’s done.I’ve been a Lakers fan since I was a little boy and I’ve been to more games than most of you have seen on your TVs.I can’t ignore reality because I don’t like it.It is what it is.I wish I was wrong.

          • lakers72

            i guess u didnt witness him trying to pull off the cp3 trade right ? lol blame jimmy game continues

          • Redemption Rain

            I don’t see Paul wearing the armor of the purple and gold. Your argument is a lost cause.

          • independentbynature

            I blame Stern for caving in to pressure from Gilbert and Cuban for the CP3 outcome.I blame Jimmy for hiring Antoni to coach Howard.That was a big mistake and an obvious one.Brown was not a good choice,either.The blame goes to the top.When you are in charge,you are responsible.You give him credit but, no blame.Sounds like you are a Jimmy fan,not a Lakers fan.I’m with Magic.I don’t believe in Jimmy Buss.I don’t see any reason to.

          • Badazztj12

            Mike brown did get us to over 50 wins and was top 3 in defense in 2012. I blame him for installing a system just for Kobe and Gasol the next year, and not for the whole team. Kobe and Gasol were doing great during those loses but Dwight and Nash struggled.

          • independentbynature

            I agree.But I think Adelman was the better choice.My sources say that’s who Mitch wanted.Jimmy was swayed by Brown’s interview and over-ruled him.Brown is a classy guy,but not the greatest coach.But,Antoni was about the worst choice you could possibly make to keep Howard.

          • Badazztj12

            I agree

    • Redemption Rain

      Their “creativity” is the reason why we lost our draft picks to a PG way out of his prime. Nash only played 15 games last season. Marry Christmas to the Suns, hope they enjoy those draft picks. Their creativity has also cause them to lose a big asset in Dwight. Say whatever you want about him but we could have traded him for something useful, FO fail to do that. Oh and they over payed Kobe. Good job! Explain the part where they did a fantasy job the last 2 years.

  • dencio

    I dunno about Melo. I’m actually rooting for him to go to Houston so we can sign Chandler Parsons. While Parsons is not a scoring threat like Melo, he does everything else better……especially on the defensive end and won’t cost anywhere close to what we would give Melo.

    • Redemption Rain

      I think the Bulls have a better chance then the Rockets.

      • independentbynature

        Even the Bulls expect him to stay in NY.

        • Redemption Rain

          I see nothing for him in NY, that’s just me.

          • independentbynature

            I see Phil.Maybe it’s a Zen thing.LOL.

          • Redemption Rain

            Yeah and he told him to take a pay-cut to stay in NY with a washed up Amari and Fatboy Felton

          • Badazztj12

            Felton gone to the Mavs but Jose just can shoot, no defense and Dalenber is too old

        • Badazztj12

          With nothing around him? He is looking for money and a championship. Fisher not gonna get him to a championship in his first year, even with the greatest of phil. Its just not possible. Look what happen with Kidd

          • independentbynature

            I’m just telling you what the reports are out of Chicago.And Fish is not Kidd.They say Phil and Melo made a connection during their talks.That Melo believes in him.He also wanted to go to NY all along.IMO,he doesn’t really want leave.I hope he does come to LA.I just don’t see it happening.

          • Badazztj12

            Its clearly he is checking out his options. So he most likely will leave. Phil is not giving him shit of his money. He said Melo has to take a paycut. Why would Melo take a paycut, when he just opt out of his contract

          • independentbynature

            Even with a paycut,he’ll get more money in NY than anywhere else.Like you said,he wants check out his options and pressure the Knicks.If they hadn’t hired Phil,he’d be as good as gone already,IMO.I can’t tell you what he’s thinking,just what sources are reporting.Read them for yourself.No one outside of Lakersnation thinks he’s coming here.No One…..

          • Badazztj12

            Ok I see your point on that. That’s why we have to find out after the meeting, so we can move on of what we got to do. Nobody has been signed, so I believe they will get to work after this meeting

          • independentbynature

            Quite a few good players are gone without us even trying for them.I fear we will be left with lesser options while waiting on the super long shots.

          • Badazztj12

            Sources did say we have interest in Lance and Ariza, so I don’t see them agreeing to any deal today….I hope

      • dencio

        do u think Melo/Joakim/D-Rose is a better combo than D-12/The Beard/Melo?

        • independentbynature

          It only matters what Melo thinks.And from what I hear,his wife.She loves NY.

          • dencio

            So NYC it is. He’ll make more money but sorry, Knicks are a good 2-3 years from contending.

          • independentbynature

            I guess we’ll see.In the mean time,he’s getting all the attention while we all wait for another “Decision.”

          • Zimmeredge

            Well jax is stupid as hell if he gives him a Max contrat. He said earlier in june after the first meeting that he will ask melo to take a paycut. So either he had changed of heart and will give him 129m for 5y which is silly because he ain’t gonna be able to bring a lot of talent in the future.

          • Badazztj12

            Phil said he is not giving Melo a max. Don’t believe what other sources say. I do see Lakers giving him the max, because they said are trying to give Kobe the best supporting case

          • dencio

            hmmmm….if Lakers get Melo, does that mean they get LBJ too?

          • Badazztj12

            Nah…. We gonna need the rest to get Pau and a pg then stretch Nash for the bench

          • dencio

            how does the stretch work again? I kinda got excited when they were talking about Nash + #7 for MCW and Thaddy Young. I would’ve done that deal if it was indeed offered.

          • Badazztj12

            Nash has 9 mil on his contract this year. It spreads eventually through out 3 years. That means this year we get 6 mil more on the cap space. The next 3 years Nash gets 3 mil a year

          • dencio

            Wish we could get rid of it all together in a trade. Toronto seems to be the only logical choice since he’s Canadian. Nash to Toronto for Greivis Vasquez. =)

          • Badazztj12

            From what I hear. He is good friends with Kobe. He was even the first person he called after a game last year when he got ejected. Kobe and Melo wife are good friends. Melo wife also loves LA. This is not like Kobe and Melo. We have to also think outside of basketball.

          • independentbynature

            I think he’s only coming here as a courtesy to Kobe.Just my opinion.

          • Badazztj12

            Maybe but he wouldn’t be meeting with us for no reason and Mitch did say he wasn’t going to use the past to drag him, which is good. Mitch is smart because a kiss-up never wins like the bulls are doing. I would be surprised if Kobe have a one on one private section

          • Redemption Rain

            You bring up a good point, its not cool to reject Kobe, at least give him a shot, but….yeah just a shot.

        • Redemption Rain

          Yes Harden and Dwight are VERY ball dominant, also the Rockets are playing in the West. The Bulls have it easier in the East, Melo only needs to share the ball with D-Rose, Melo doesn’t need to play defense since his teammates can play D. Its no brainier Bulls better fit then Rockets.

          • Badazztj12

            Money does come into the equation and where his wife feels cool where she is living

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL I know we have more cap space then the Bulls and Rockets, but my comment was only comparing those two teams. I favor Bulls over Rockets

          • Badazztj12

            Oh my bad lol

    • AK

      i dont know where you seen him play defense but he has no defensive awareness at all melo can do it much better

  • SD

    Honestly, Melo has no easy choice. None of the teams he could go to are locks to be elite teams in either conference. The Rockets are the closest team that could contend BUT they have McHale, a Harden guy who won’t play D, and other holes…namely their bench. None of these teams are perfect fits. Carlisle is a great coach but chandler/dirk aren’t getting better. Knicks have a coach who may or may not be good.

    Lakers have a barren roster but maybe that’s okay with Melo. Maybe he sees that roster as the one w/ the best chance to improve if he joins it. At least, the Lakers have most flexibility and he can have input on a coach.

  • Chris

    Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks feel so threatened by the Lakers FO signing Carmelo Anthony they flew all the way to Los Angeles to get a meeting with Carmelo.Knicks are shitting in their pants scared from the prospects of Carmelo leaving the Knicks for The Lakers and also The Bulls are so scared and terrified they also flew to Los Angeles.Yeah man The Lakers got everyone on notice right now everyone is realizing what The Lakers are about to do with all that cap space and they are scared and worried to no end.It can spell doom and gloom for the rest of the NBA if Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James sign with the Lakers to play alongside Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle.Ring chasing veteran players will then fill out the rest of the roster nicely for veteran minimum deals and exceptions being used and The Buss Family will pay deep into the luxury tax to make this happen.

    • Badazztj12

      Where are these sources?

    • TheTruthKills

      Is that you Chris Broussard?

    • Zimmeredge

      ain’t gonna get both lebron and melo. you have to assemble a roster afterward.

  • Hot Rod

    Ya he is already a Lakers player.We got Carmelo and he loves LA Lakers classy.

  • Zimmeredge

    If Phil Jackson gives melo the Max for 129m on 5y deal… Man this guy is a clown of a president. Everybody will make fun of him. Hahahahaha Lakers did a huge job with kobe’s contract putting pressure on all the big fa superstars. Where is the so called Phil Jackson mojo? Haha he was supposed to convince melo to take a paycut and now knicks fo are so afraid. I don’t give a shit if we can’t have melo if he remain in ny for the Max…. I mean that’s laughable!!!

    • Badazztj12

      You got a point on that but we didn’t know Phil would take over the Knicks after we signed Kobe contract

      • Zimmeredge

        he was certainly heading to the lakers ;)
        i’m sick and tired of people saying well it’s phil jackson as a president blablabla… what the hell? west assembled the teams and they were always in a fight regarding which player to choose.
        he is hell of an outstanding coach but as a president man it’s a hell of another job. Phil jackson ain’t pat riley.
        melo signing a max contract after what jax said it will hurt his stock. i mean neither kobe or jordan or shaq made jax kneel for anything…. melo might be the first.

  • DKWTTY

    Kinda sucks that this is what Kobe’s career has resorted to, old, injured and asking younger stars to join him. I guess it’s okay and not as bad as trying to convince Dwight Coward since he and Melo are friends.

  • Truth B Told

    The Lakers are making me nervous…….Everybody have their coach in place….teams are locking up their complimentary players…..Clippers are trying to get Farmer and other teams will come after their other role players………If I’m a FA this can scare me……Where is the All Out Efforts? Good things may come to those who wait……But not to those who wait to late. Do Something.

  • Stu

    We are getting Carmelo Antony for sure and he is loving the Lakers FO.

  • Gerald

    Yes Carmelo Anthony is coming to play for the Lakers.It’s being kept secret what big name will be joining him but clue wears #6.

  • Gerald

    Lakers got this in the pocket.Carmelo is a Laker.Kobe+Carmelo+Pau+Julius.

  • Dustin

    We are the Champions my friends is a great song i dedicate it to Carmelo Anthony.

  • Yanis

    It’s a done deal Carmelo is joining The Lakers.Meeting all about the master plan.

  • Frank

    If we sign Carmelo Anthony as a free agent it will be the biggest free agent signing since 1996 when we signed that one guy you know the funny big man Shaq.Get it done Mitch.Force a agreement today Mitch.

  • Joseph

    I love The Lakers chances of getting Carmelo Anthony+LeBron James.

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I have said for a long time it’s Knicks or Lakers for Melo, primarily because the Suns GM seems inept and doesn’t realize he can EASILY sign BOTH Lebron James and Melo to MAX contracts and still retain Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe … sorry Suns fans.

    Anyways, the Bulls were NEVER realistic which I let everyone know for months, but the media doesn’t understand the financial side of things for the most part so 75% of the trade rumors that make it onto the news are bogus … the Knicks would need to TRADE Taj Gibson AND Doug McDermott to be able to afford Melo and appease the Knicks in a S&T.

    Regardless I would still say it’s 60 % Knicks and 40 % Lakers as the Lakers do NOT have the cap space necessary to sign Melo to a max deal AND pay Pau Gasol anywhere near his market value – another fact much of the media seems to be missing … oh well …

    - Thanks for taking the time to read this post,
    Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book”
    @bryant_t_jordan:disqus

    • AK

      lakers have bird rights on pau they can pay him regardless if melo signs

      • Bryant T. Jordan

        Unfortunately that is NOT TRUE. If the Lakers were over the cap they could retain Pau at any level that doesn’t push them past the hard-line, but since they are under the cap and free agency players, they cannot exceed the salary cap. If they give Melo a MAX contract, they will NOT be able to pay Pau anywhere near his market value, period.

        - Thanks for taking the time to read this post,
        Bryant T. Jordan
        Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book”
        @Bryant T. Jordan

        • AK

          signing melo and someone else would put them over the cap tho

          • Bryant T. Jordan

            No, that’s not how it works. The team would need to be over the cap at the start of free agency, not at the end.
            If the Lakers keep Nash and Randle and retain Ryan Kelly to the $1.016mil qualifying offer and simply fill out their roster with $507,366 minimum cap hold players and sign Melo to a MAX contract, Pau will need to play for peanuts … sad but true.

  • rival almighty

    Kobe came down from Greece to ball up melo 1 on1 to show him he’s still a champ and can help him win his first bling.

  • rival almighty

    Wade and bosh are waiting like little puppy’s to see what Bron is going to do lol and still taking pay cuts. Get off the nuts Wade and bosh dignity fuckers!

    • iEATcelticBabies

      Not so much Bosh, Bosh looks like he’s ready to leave the nest, although wobbly , ready nonetheless…

  • iEATcelticBabies

    Melo !!! sign with us… we already have your chant. >>>Yeah, uh huh, you know what it isPurp and Melo ! Purp and Melo ! Purp and Melo Purp and Melo!

  • Daniel Ezenyilimba

    It is becoming almost comical. Every year, we expect this superstar and they never come. Maybe it is time to actually build a team like the San Antonio Spurs. Young athletic and hungry guys eager to prove everyone wrong. Forget about Carmelo, he ain’t coming. In fact, he came to recruit Pau Gasol to the Knicks

  • Joseph Apohen

    It’s a similar situation as it was with Howard. LA gave more money to D12 but he opted for less with Houston. Hopefully with Melo it is reverse. I’d like signing Melo so we could keep Pau.

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