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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Too Much Focus On Carmelo Anthony?

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been in the middle of the discussions for every major free agent so far this off-season. Mitch Kupchak flew out to Cleveland to meet with LeBron James’ agent, and the team had their meeting with Carmelo Anthony as well yesterday.

The Lakers are long shots to land either of these superstars, but they are putting nearly all of their resources towards bringing in one of them, in particular, Carmelo Anthony.

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While the Lakers have been busy getting everything prepared for Anthony’s meeting with them, unrestricted free agents like Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat have already signed deals. Additionally, the Lakers have already lost a couple of their own free agents in Jodie Meeks and Chris Kaman.

Some of the Lakers smaller targets could well be gone by the time they know if Anthony will join the team, and as such a long shot, you have to wonder if the Lakers are making the right move.

Players like Trevor Ariza, Luol Deng, Isaiah Thomas, Greg Monroe, and Eric Bledsoe are available in free agency as well and the Lakers could miss out.

So we asked our panel of experts, should the Lakers be putting all of their focus on Carmelo Anthony instead of multiple ‘second-tier’ free agents? This is what they had to say:

Kevin Chan (@Kevin_Cruiser): Carmelo Anthony is not the answer to the Lakers rebuilding questions. First and foremost, since he is ball dominant player he wouldn’t pair well with Kobe. Melo also plays the same position as the newly drafted Julius Randle who ironically could develop into a Melo-esque player down the road.

Granted, Melo could play the three and Randle could play the four – so there could be a way to make it work between the two, but ultimately all roads lead back to Kobe. After all, the Lakers just rewarded Kobe with a mammoth two-year 48.5 million dollar contract extension. So it’s no secret who the Lakers are committed to.

Would the Lakers sacrifice Kobe’s effectiveness after making him the highest paid player in the league for the next two seasons by signing another ball-dominant player? I think not.

If you’re looking at things objectively, the Lakers chances of signing Carmelo are pretty low. At this point in his career he’s definitely seeking to join a championship contender. He’s been in the league for twelve seasons and has yet to reach the NBA finals.

Now if you look at current Lakers roster, it’s clear that they won’t be contending for a championship anytime soon unless they somehow sign LeBron James AND Carmelo Anthony. Point being, I’d be surprised if Carmelo seriously considered signing with the Lakers. There are other teams that are vying for his services who could be a Carmelo Anthony away from contending. The Lakers are not one of these teams.

It’d be wise of the Lakers to pursue non-max players like Bledsoe, Parsons, Hayward and Monroe. It’s tricky since all of these guys are restricted free agents (RFA’s), which means that their current team has the opportunity to match any offer they receive.

As of this article Greg Monroe has not signed his qualifying offer and there are rumors that he will only sign if the Pistons trade Josh Smith. Maybe the Lakers should swoop in and make an offer to the talented young power forward.

It would be smart for the Lakers to pursue possibilities with non-max free agents and see if they can swing a deal. Most of these young guys have yet to reach their potential and it would be a great opportunity for them to grow into stardom with the rebuilding Lakers.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): I can’t lie, I was originally completely against pursuing Carmelo Anthony for a number of reasons. He doesn’t fit with Kobe, doesn’t make us a championship contender, and I’m not sure he is a leader.

However, as time has gone on, I have changed my mind, and am absolutely the Lakers putting everything towards bringing him in to the fold.

These are the Lakers, and the Lakers are built around superstars. Think whatever you want about Anthony, but he is a superstar. Anyone who can average 27 points and eight rebounds, and can shoot 40 percent from deep is worth having.

Even while acknowledging Anthony’s greatness, I was still skeptical. And then I saw the news that Kyrie Irving had signed an extension in Cleveland. There is no guarantee that these players will ever hit free agency .

LaMarcus Aldridge could sign an extension any day now. And who’s to say Kevin Love doesn’t get traded to Golden State and decide to stay there before ever hitting the open market?

The point being, if you have any chance of landing a superstar, you have to do it, so I have no problem that the Lakers are doing everything in their power to bring Anthony in.

Russell Valenzuela (@RussVal4): While the Lakers should always reach for the stars and try to land the biggest names out there, they would be better served shifting their focus away from Carmelo Anthony and taking a look at the other names that are out there.

The main reason I say this is for salary flexibility for the future. If Anthony were to join the Lakers, he would likely do so on a max contract worth over $22 million per year. It is my belief that the Lakers could get two really good players for that same price.

On top of the financial situation, I don’t believe a pairing of Kobe Bryant and Anthony can be effective. Even if Pau Gasol were to return and join Julius Randle in the front court, a lineup consisting of the four would still find it difficult to challenge the West’s elite deep in the playoffs.

Unfortunately, the Lakers will need a lot of help and luck if it wants to win a title within the next two years. One of my biggest concerns is what path will the team be on once Bryant retires. Since I don’t see the team winning while he is still around, I want to see the Lakers sign cheaper and younger players while continuing to pursue a max like player in future free agencies.

Suki Thind (@TheRealSuki): Should the Lakers be focusing all of their efforts on Carmelo Anthony? No. However, they should be putting a significant amount of focus on him. As much as I didn’t feel as though Melo would fit with the purple & gold, I’ve changed my tune on this stance.

Quite simply, the Lakers are coming off a horrible season and should be desperately trying to get better. Will Melo be the savior of the franchise or even put the team in championship contention next season? Probably not. However, he will add what the team desperately needs — wins.

In the same breath, I’d like the Lakers to pursue the “second-tier” players at the same time they are pursuing Melo. I feel as though with the addition of Julius Randle, Pau Gasol would be a solid piece for the Lakers and the two would form a formidable front court.

Management first needs to figure out which direction they want to go in coaching-wise, and if that suits Pau, perhaps he will re-sign. I also believe the retention of Pau Gasol would help Carmelo’s decision as well.

In either event, the Lakers should pursue all of their options at the same time — much as Carmelo and all other free agents are doing. The odds are not in favor of the Lakers landing Carmelo Anthony, as of right now, however.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • afs

    Yes! The FO needs to realize that we’re putting all of our eggs in one basket for Carmelo. While other teams are getting solid role players, we are trying to pursue Carmelo and Lebron? They’re dream players, we still need to grab the players we need while they’re out there to put a solid team together next year!

    • Guido

      The Lakers FO is in a holding pattern until LeBron and Carmelo decide on accepting the Lakers offer or not.

      Because The Lakers are the only legit team that can sign both LeBron and Carmelo outright with a slight pay adjustment to make the numbers crunch in to make it happen.Now i said legit meaning Phoenix is not a place they want to play but Los Angeles is for sure.LA is the #1 top market and state to live in the west coast.Second biggest market only to NY overall and LA has the beaches and night spots and strip clubs.Plus the team will be awesome with Kobe+LeBron+Carmelo and they are getting MCW most likely in the Julius Randle possible trade or they might dump Steve Nash with Jordan Clarkson+Sacre and a future first+second.

      And yeah man they want to play together they have internally discussed playing together in this free agency and all signs point to the Lakers.Mitch is closing the deal to make it happen.

      Gotta clear more cap space by renouncing everyone even old contracts like from years ago and trade Nash+rookies+Sacre to clear the cap to only 1 guaranteed contract Kobe Bryant then sign LeBron and Carmelo.Then bring on the role players and the coach they hand pick.That’s the Lakers plan man.I would much rather get the Superstars first then the Role Players and Coach.Lakers know what they are doing.

      • afs

        I heard about that possible outcome. But that is definitely unlikely. So what to happen if that doesn’t work out?

        • Guido

          Very likely when you’re talking about the Lakers.I am not a Lakers fan just a casual sports fan and this topic is big enough to get my full attention.

          The Lakers make big things happen and Mafia Mitch is a very intelligent businessman and a entrepreneur and a very persuasive voice and he is so legit at convincing players to play for the Lakers.Remember the Kwame Brown+Pieces trade that netted the Lakers Pau Gasol and 3 straight NBA Finals and back to back championships?Yeah that was Mafia Mitch at his finest the man is a boss and big shot caller with clout.Mitch Kupchak is the most respected GM.

          • afs

            First, I agree that Mitch is one of the best GM’s in the game.

            To your point about Pau, yes Mitch was good but we also had the help of Jerry West, who was a part of the Grizzlies’ FO.

            To add on to that, we had Phil Jackson as a coach with also a much younger Kobe. Plus we had Javaris Crittenton.

            My point is, the Lakers don’t really have a big selling point. Yes, we are the Lakers and are a storied franchise, but we’re not really in a spot to win. Getting Lebron is kind of far fetched to me

          • vdogg

            agree with everything, but jerry west had left the MEM front office by the time that deal was done.

          • afs

            Yes, do you think he had an influence on what direction that Grizzlies were going to? Probably.

          • vdogg

            who knows? maybe.. but people talk about that trade like it was a kevin mchale-trading-garnett-to-BOS trade, and it was not.

          • afs

            Ok, I agree with you on that. But, like you said, maybe Jerry West had a say on it. But thanks for backing me up on the fact our team was much more attractive then, than it is now. haha

        • Thomas Klein

          We get a top 10 draft pick next year and continue to build thru the draft, that’s what.. Remember, that 1st round pick we traded away is top 10 protected.

          • afs

            Yea, me and you both know that. But I was talking to the guy because he thinks we should go ALL OUT on Melo. I’m saying this year is already going to be hard. Instead of getting a Melo, why not sign some young free agents like a Isaiah Thomas to at least have a somewhat productive year.

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          • Jose

            It’s top 5 protected in 2015 for the first round and top 40 for the second round. Even last year’s Lakers weren’t bad enough to get in the top 5.

          • wangkon936

            Sorry to break it to you but next year’s draft pick is only top 5 protected, not top 10.

      • karasoon4

        Trade Julius Randle for MCW??? Why?

        • Guido

          To clear up additional salary cap space to pay more money to LeBron+Carmelo.Plus adding the rookie of the year Point Guard and athletic freak Michael Carter-Williams is worth it in itself and MCW is a great passer like a young Penny Hardaway or Jason Kidd.MCW is legit and he would compliment Kobe+LeBron+Carmelo perfectly since he is a spectacular passer and good defender and he scores.Plus it allows the Lakers to dump off Steve Nash and his horrendous contract while unloading rookie Julius Randle.Lakers have a $2.8 million TPE they can use for MCW so LeBron+Carmelo still get paid in full with no interference.Mitch and his people know everything and how to work the numbers to get it done quickly.

          • VillainKing

            Lakers will not trade Julius Randle he will become a greater player than MCW..

      • kookiebuger

        What if they say no? The Lakers will just have Kobe and probably a lottery team.

        • rival

          Na I’m sure there’s a plan b that includes guys like Thomas bledsoe parsons ariza Monroe…… And we also have next years free agency

          • kookiebuger

            All of them are restricted free agents except for Ariza, so they all can all be matched.

          • rival

            Yea then there’s the x’s o’s like sac signed collison why would they match for Thomas? Phoenix used there draft pick to get a top pg why would they match for bledsoe etc……. And then there’s next year’s Free agency

          • kookiebuger

            The Kings will probably let Thomas go, Phoenix have more then enough to keep Bledsoe I have no idea why they got another PG, Parsons might be available the Rockets are over the cap, and reports say Monroe wants to stay but he wants Smith out so who knows what will happen with them.

          • Thomas Klein

            Thomas isn’t , neither is Deng

        • Guido

          Lakers are not a lottery type franchise go to the Kings or Bucks or 76′ers or Cavs forum for that lottery team news.The Lakers are a championship franchise with 16 championships in their namesake.They will get it done.Lakers only had 1 bad year due to injuries and bad coaching now they will go back to being the Lakers we all know and love.Mitch is the best at getting the Lakers back to the top quickly remember 2008?

          • kookiebuger

            Kobe was in his prime in 2008 and managed to get Gasol from the Grizzles in a trade since then his trades back fired and the team got older, It happens to every team. The Lakers needs to rebuild getting a 30 year old Melo will only solve the problem for now (next 2-3 years) before they are in a similar situation.

      • Thoughtso

        That sixers trade is dead that was before the draft…..

      • ejavin808

        Yes, Lakers is a big dog but the question is what if the plan of chasing both stars would not work out? I mean, as much as the plan could work, so is the plan can fail. What will they do if it will ever failed? That is the question to be answered. I personally think they should just go and sign some of these guys: Deng, Monroe, Parsons, Stephenson, Isaiah Thomas, Bledsoe.

    • borsalino12

      Exactly. Mitch and Jim are doing again the same mistakes as they did in the past with St.Nash and Dw.Howard.They are trying to acquire one or both of Carmelo and LeBron, to acomodate Mr.24 and fullfill his desire for one or two more rings.That proved to be wrong politic and they are doing again the same mistake. Nash, Kobe, LeBron,Carmelo and Gasol is nowhere close to the championship team. On paper, these are 5 former and curent All-Star players. Big names. But big names can not win it all, without solid bench. To get Carmelo, Lebron and to sign back Pau Gasol, we will have no money left to complete the roster and will be forced to fill it with $ 500,000 garbage “players” like K.Marshall, Sh.Brooks and R.Sacre. In the West, you need at least 3-4 solid and young role players and long bench to be competitive.

      • afs

        You’re right on. If Kobe maybe made around 16 mil this year, I’d say pursue the Melo, Lebron, and Kobe combo. But we’ll be like the Miami Heat this past year: No accountability from the bench.

  • bcd

    Do I want Carmelo and other stars on the Lakers? Hell yea. But we have to be realistic. Those stars want a ring, and let’s face the truth: We’re in no spot to win a title. For Pete’s sake, we don’t even have a coach.
    The Lakers will attract role players like the Jodie Meeks, the Jordan Farmars, and the Kendall Marshalls who want exposure from the LA market to eventually get larger contracts.

  • Zimmeredge

    other players won’t sign elsewhere until melo and lebron are on the market. if they do so they will be overpaid. kaman, meeks does not worth their contract.

    • afs

      Don’t players want to be overpaid? LOL

      • Badazztj12

        You also have to think about the future not just now

        • afs

          So why did we overpay Kobe?

          • Zimmeredge

            Because Kobe is not the average player in the nba. He is a superstar who sells shirt, tickets, all the things. The guy did not play the whole season yet he was selected to the all star game.
            Where are deng? Ariza? Thomas? And co in the shirt sales column? No where. Kobe generates more money over his name than any other bball player except lbj and jordan.

          • Badazztj12

            Yea we did but this is Lakers Legend we talking about

          • afs

            I agree, but wouldn’t looking to the future mean Kobe taking a pay cut so we can get a guy like Carmelo or Lebron to build around after he leaves. Isn’t that the future??

          • Badazztj12

            You do realize we can still get Melo or Lebron, and when Kobe contract ends in two years, all that money can be used to bring another star in so….

          • Swagzilla

            With no bench and a pretty weak supporting cast.

          • Badazztj12

            Go read other articles on this site. Find my name and read what I had to say about the salary or go learn it yourself. Mitch wouldn’t offer Melo that money, if he knew if it wasn’t the best for the future. He said it himself in videos

          • Swagzilla

            It takes two, if LeBron isn’t interested (which it sounds like he isn’t, his agent are going to the meetings for him) while Melo is deciding his fate this weekend. I don’t see how Kobe (with question marks), Melo, Randle, and Gasol (question marks) will be enough to contend in the West with no bench (will have about 6 million if Melo accepts max, Kobe 23, Melo 20+, Gasol 10 Randle 2-3, Nash 10, Sacre 1, Marshall 1, Clarkson 1).

          • Badazztj12

            The final roster hasn’t been put out yet you know? Thought Mutch does that job?

          • rival

            Exactly Bron and melo would be the present not the future Kobe and the Lakers don’t need paycuts

          • Chrmngblly

            Players can’t just take pay cuts under the CBA. He has to play out his current contract first.

          • Thomas Klein

            Because he made the Buss family fifty one million in profit after expenses last year

      • Zimmeredge

        There is a true Price to any player. Melo is an all star, a superstar he deserves a Max. Deng ariza lowry bledsoe Monroe they do no worth more than 12 Hardly more than 10.

  • Mr. Purple

    What’s up with all this Melo can’t play with Kobe talk? This is a bunch of stupid s***. Great players can learn to play with each other.. Melo never respected the other Knicks players… nor did they have the experience to demand different play from him, and that is why he will be leaving the Knicks regardless of Phil…cuz Phil ain’t coaching there. Sign Melo, sign Byron Scott… let the rebuilding begin while Mamba and Melo attract a bench deep enough to win in the playoffs. and hell… if they don’t get it done this year they have plenty of $ next to be major contenders for Kobe’s last year… (and it won’t be his last.)

    • Ray-Marcus

      You just said it yourself…they need to ‘learn’ how to play with each other and this could take almost a whole season so the team might not win right away. KB24 is not young anymore so he does not have time. Right now the are both ball dominant, ISO-heavy wing players.

      • rival

        Not necessarily they have played on team USA and played well. 2 high bball IQ class A players can coexist no matter what

        • Ray-Marcus

          They were all role players for USA in coach K’s system. KB24 was a scorer on the starting unit (and team’s go to defender in ’08) and melo was a shooter of the bench. Not so sure we will have a coach who can give them such definite roles or they will respect the other players so much to play within themselves as they did for USA

          • rival

            Over analyzing bra, we all know we’re not getting a coach like coach k, the real coaches would be melo and Kobe

          • Ray-Marcus

            lol true

      • LakersOverEverything

        You have to learn to play with any teammate. That being said, why choose to learn to play with second class players rather than melo?

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

          To play Devil’s Advocate, those “second class” players are often integral to winning championships. Ariza/Deng bring capable scoring to spread the floor and great wing defense. A solid PG keeps the pressure off Kobe, allowing him more off ball movement, draining less energy from the 36yr old. A solid big man can defend the paint, and spark an inside-out game, leading to better shots, more rebounds, etc.

          A superstar is great. Those second tier players are great in their own right, as well.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Oh, of course. You need role players to win, just like you do superstars, but you always go with the superstar first. There will always be players out there to fill ain’t certain role, but those superstars are just so tough to come by.

    • Daivd

      Anyone can play with Kobe; the question is how well? Is it a championship chemistry?

      I would answer that with an absolutely not!

  • Ray-Marcus

    Superstars like Carmelo and Lebron are not the only way to get a ring. This FA has has some good players like Parsons and Monroe or Isiah Thomas who would fit better with Kobe than Melo. We need to switch our focus to these guys, who given the right system could develop into superstar players on the Lakers in the same way Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, even Kahwi Leonard now and the Spurs big three did with their teams

    • rival

      Right of course not I know we can win without melo or Bron but like I said those are the only two class A players so you have to start there if we don’t get them is not the end of the world. In sure our plan b includes guys like Thomas Stevenson Parsons monroe etc…..

    • J Taylor

      “Superstars are not the only way to get a ring…”
      Didn’t the Spurs just win with Ginobli, Duncan, and Parker?

      It’s a 2 Superstar league… come to terms.
      Without 2 Superstars you are just the Mavericks.

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

        Are Parker and Ginobli superstars or just big name role players? Honest question, as I rarely hear either labeled as being on the same tier as Kobe, Melo, LeBron.

        Where would they outside of that Spurs system?

  • Derek Clark

    Kevin Chan: “First and foremost, since he is ball dominant player he wouldn’t pair well with Kobe. Melo also plays the same position as the newly drafted Julius Randle who ironically could develop into a Melo-esque player down the road.”

    After reading that, you should immediately discount this guy’s opinion. Haven’t seen much more dumbassery than that.

    • Guido

      Who the hell is this Kevin Chan schmuck?I never heard of this rat fink?

    • Tune

      I thought you typed that, not quoting. I don’t understand. Melo isn’t a PF, Randle and Melo are opposites on the offensive end, and Melo isn’t that ball dominant. He’s good in iso but his spot up shooting is the best.

  • Dennis

    Yes Mitch is making big things happen it’s going to be EPIC.Best GM is Mitch!

  • J Taylor

    No free agent moves until Melo and Lebron settle. So until — probably — Monday, there are only 2 targets. After Monday, the true free agency begins.

  • musaamos

    is so sad alot of people lack basketball IQ. rewind back to 2010, who was the king of Miami? wade, now who owns Miami? lebron. people said they cant never coexist but they did prove everyone wrong. if they is any one who will be willing to give his throne for a 6th ring is KOBE. kobe will not mind to give melo the free will to shoot as he likes, infact kobe’s peech to melo is lead us to our 17TH title, the same way wade did to lebron.
    finally kobe loves when people count them out, it brings the best in him, and make people now that, he can share his throne with the right people.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Best comment I’ve seen all day.

    • Cooper

      Ya man the Lakers organization feeds off of people doubting them counting them out being naysayers and haters.Remember 2004 well the Lakers hit rough patch and Mitch and The Buss Family traded Shaq and calmed Kobe down and they rebuild for about 3 years then in 2008 boom they got Pau and won back to back championships.We been having a down period since 2011 still make playoffs but no championships and now Mitch has been planning for 4 years on getting LeBron and Carmelo this is the free agency he targeted and he re-signed Kobe because he knew Kobe could recruit both players and the teams is legit and way more attractive with Kobe on the roster than just some nobodies it’s Kobe that they will join not for Robert Sacre.It’s fine to get role players later when the Superstars are signed by the Lakers.Haters will just sleep with the fishes once this deal is official.

    • David

      The only person lacking is the person making this statement. Most did not doubt Wade and Lebron can coexist because it is known that Lebron is the most selfless superstar who would rather dish it off to team mates for assist rather than dominate the ball to become a scorer; the same would be said with Wade who made hi team mates better.

      No one doubted that Kobe and Melo is a great scorer but many including experts question their ability to elevate their team mates to be better; just watch and see how stagnant the offense is when Kobe and Melo go Isolation. It is always a question of can Kobe ever win a championship without a championship coach like Phil Jackson. Look at the years without PJ when Kobe was the man, the offense was a mess and one year the team didn’t make the playoffs and the other they barely did with Howard.

      • Dragon7s

        Can’t recall the number of times where Kobe started the game trying to get his teammates involved. If they did well then Kobe didn’t feel the need to go Iso in the 4th when the team was struggling. It amazes me that people keep making the same assertions over and over about Kobe dominating the ball to the detriment of the rest of the team. People only seem to remember those times where Kobe felt that he had no choice but to put the team on his back and go for it. Kobe has one of the highest BB IQ’s the game has ever seen and he knows what needs to be done to do to win games.

        • Badazztj12

          The problem is they listen what people or haters say too much besides watching the game

      • Tune

        You should watch the documentary Spike Lee did about Kobe to truly understand.

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

      Most of what I heard was “Who is going to take the lead?”. Everyone was concerned they’d differ to each other too much, not clash over being the man. And they did. It took them a while to figure out their roles with each other. They started that season with a less than exciting record. Having two selfless players is a much better problem than players who want to be THE MAN.

  • John C.

    I have 110% confidence the Lakers already have a verbal agreement in place.

  • Tom

    The market is perfect for the Lakers to strike gold with LeBron and Carmelo.Signing the role players is after the LeBron and Carmelo Lakers signing happens.Right now these fringe players like Jodie Meeks or Shaun Livingston or Patrick Patterson are getting way overpaid.Just look at the Lakers pay roll last year they were getting better players on the roster for the veteran minimum.Better to wait and let the market cool off and get the superstars first end game is LeBron+Carmelo for the Lakers and yes it’s the only option at this point and time.

  • vdogg

    i don’t understand why no one thinks that a roster of kobe, melo, pau, randle and an efficient PG can’t compete in the west. if you get the right coach and the right blend of bench players, that team absolutely COULD compete. that being said, i don’t think it will happen. melo is going back to NY, accepting a max deal that will further cap out an already capped out team…. and melo won’t win anything, even in the east. but hey, he’ll be crazy paid.

    • Badazztj12

      He already said he will take less to win a ring. So I will count out the Knicks. We all know him and his wife loves money but Melo wants to compete also. We can give him and his wife both that with the Lakers

      • Swagzilla

        There are reports literally about an hour so later (after yesterdays meeting) that Melo is trying to recruit Gasol to New York.

        • vdogg

          i know. why would he do that? that’s what i don’t understand. if he came here and played with gasol, kobe and randle, he’d have a much better shot at winning.. even in the west. he must really not want to be a laker. and that’s fine. LET’S MOVE ON

          • Badazztj12

            lol dude you cant believe every report you hear man

          • Swagzilla

            All I know is this 20+ million dollars is being used as filler for Melo until he makes up his mind on what team he will want to play which probably won’t be until Monday, a lot can between now and Monday.

          • Badazztj12

            Are you serious right now. Damn I really didn’t know that…lol
            Stop acting like you know what gonna happen and not gonna happen, because nobody know whats gonna happen. Most teams are trying to get Lebron now. These guys (from what am looking at) are looking over the shoulder at these mid-level free agents. They are asking for more money. Not every team gonna bust there ass for you. They are gonna sit there and make you suffer and think no body wants you unstill you give in and If you don’t move on. This is business man. Look what happen to Brandon Jennings last year. He was asking for too much from teams and they left him hagging until he gave in and got a decent offer from the Pistons

          • Zimmeredge

            Pau wants to remain a laker. He loves la. Melo is courted by many teams and right at the moment he is being seduced he will try to land another dude. The free agency is an egoistic, selfish moment. You care about yourself, your career. Not a dude that your gm can’t afford tho he loves him.

        • Badazztj12

          Why would Gasol go to NY to play with Melo and Melo could come to the Lakers and play with Gasol AND Kobe

        • Zimmeredge

          Yeah there are also report about the knicks going after Jason Smith which is more likely to happen because he is much more affordable than gasol for the knicks. Knicks can’t sign melo with a Max contract and then sign gasol for cheap. They will have a 90m payroll with melo. They already gave their Mle exception. They don’t have much left in tank to sign gasol.

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly because signing Melo to the max now leads the Knicks already going over the cap and cant even bring in anymore players unless Lakers do a sign and trade which I know Lakers wont do

          • Zimmeredge

            Even without melo knicks are 3m above the cap.

          • Badazztj12

            Damn they would have to pay them taxes boy lol

          • Zimmeredge

            1,5 dollar for each dollar they pay. Yeah they are in deep with cba.

        • Dragon7s

          There are also reports that Phil has offered the Max. to Melo which should be a red flag for Anthony that the Knicks won’t be bringing players in anytime soon that will help the current Knicks roster given the contracts of Amaré and Barnagni (sp).

  • ALamont

    @Keven Chan

    Randle and Carmelo do not play the same Position… Randle is a classic 4 and Carmelo is a prototypical 3 wing player. However I do agree that Melo is not the best answer for the Lakers, short or long term. Yes it would add some star power for ratings an attendance (Business Side) but it would hamper them from making more effective basketball moves.. I say going after 2 younger very good but cheaper options like Stephenson and Bledsoe (Poison Pill Phoenix).

  • Bruce

    This is exactly what I’ve been saying since last week, don’t put all eggs in 2 baskets (Melo) (Lebron), and start looking at other 2-3 tier FAs that don’t demand max deals and can come in and contribute right away. Let’s be more realistic here and go for the FAs we actually have a chance at, not pipe dreams. Lebron ain’t going nowhere but to stay in Miami, Melo is staying in NY for his max 5 year deal, so just get over it people, by the time Lakers brass realize that, all of the other within reach FAs would be off the list and Lakers end up not signing anyone, that’ll be the worst case scenario.

  • Maverick Carter Knows LBJ

    People need to stop acting like worried warts and saying bad shit and negative stuff about The Greatest Franchise The Lakers.Just STOP being negative and doubting Thomas and all that crap cheap franchises act like.If you’re really a Lakers fan then you should already know we act like g’s and just chill and let Mitch do his thang.The Lakers are way above any franchise in The NBA a championship franchise with a big market also Beverley Hills lifestyle on Rodeo Drive and they have Hollywood Producers in their back pocket also the team they are building is a championship team with Kobe,Lebron,Carmelo,Randle,Pau and they have exceptions to use.Plus they will hire a top coach to utilize all this surreal talent.It’s a done deal.

    • vdogg

      have you lost your mind? that will NEVER happen. neither lebron nor melo will be a laker this upcoming season.

    • TheTruthKills

      Okay buddy. Put the crack pipe down.

    • LAK3R4LIF3

      Totally agree with you, I wouldn’t take 2 role players If I have the chance to get the real deal. Doesn’t matter if they have 0 chance of getting the top players…..at least they’re trying. It pays dividends in the long run and I’d rather have a marquee player on my team 1 or 2 or 3…….if it fails, so freaking what…..we’ll do it again & again.

    • Brandon A. Benitez

      Best fucking post I’ve seen in a while. These fools need to step back and remember we got a magician of GM in Mitch Kupchack

  • Bruce

    Funny thing is, all I’m seeing right now is Lakers losing ppl left and right. We already lost Meeks to Detroit, Kaman to Portland, Kurt Rambis to NY as assistant coach, maybe Farmar next to Clipps as replacement for Darren Collison. I’m not seeing the Lakers signing anyone and trying to improve their roster, instead every single day for the past few weeks being delusional trying to go after Melo and Lebron. This just doesn’t make any sense to me.

    • vdogg

      i agree that it’s delusional. but i disagree that meeks, kaman, rambis and farmar are significant losses. DET grossly overpaid for meeks and rambis was supposed to be a defensive specialist last year. that didn’t work out so well. be patient. that being said, melo and/or lebron aren’t coming here. let’s all accept that.

      • Zimmeredge

        Like they were essential to our team haha. They were good asset from the bench.

    • Badazztj12

      Darren Collison didn’t show me enough last year that he could be a starter again. Why you think he backed up CP3. Meeks wasn’t gonna turn down that deal and you think Lakers was gonna match that? Hell Nah. Kaman right now at the point of his career that he is just a backup. You think Lakers paying 5 mil for 2 years to backup C. I would rather give that to Nick Young. Now if you let FO handle there business, it would do you some good

      • Swagzilla

        You realize Young will probably want between 5-8 million.

        • Badazztj12

          You realize you don’t know what he wants and he has said that he is willing to take a paycut. Comeback when you got facts

          • Swagzilla

            You seriously believe another team won’t offer him a deal around the lines of this, it’s a business he might love LA and the Lakers but he probably loves money as well.

          • Badazztj12

            Hasn’t been said. It hasn’t been reported. No team hasn’t been interested in him. What does that say. Until I can see it I will believe

          • Swagzilla

            I didn’t see anything on Meeks or Kaman either it doesn’t mean anything a team like OKC,Heat,Blazers,etc. can use a go to scorer off the bench and would probably be willing to offer him a deal as good if not better then Meeks contract.

          • Badazztj12

            Read my last sentence again

          • Swagzilla

            Whatever it is what is, the Lakers didn’t offer him anything yet, just saying.

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

            I think Nick Young loves being loved. Lakers fans love the guy, and he feels it.

          • Bruce

            Yeah we don’t know what he’s thinking, but you think knowing that Meeks got a 6 mil per year salary, Young would take anything than him??

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

            I don’t think he said paycut, but hometown discount. He’ll want a raise and a multi-year deal, but he’d sign with the Lakers for less than he’d expect from other teams. I’d predict 3-5 mil per.

          • Badazztj12

            That’s what I meant I know he wants money in that range. I don’t mean a minimum

        • TheZuluNation

          5-8 mil? More like 3-5 is what he should get.

      • Bruce

        True, those mentioned names aren’t really significant loses, just saying so far Lakers not improving themselves, not making any moves, instead putting all their attention on big 2. I truly believe Kupchak and company will do what’s best and I believe they will, but right now it’s worrying me a little bit.

        • Badazztj12

          So you mean to tell me you haven’t heard the Lakers weren’t interested in Isaiah Thomas, Steve Blake, Greg Monroe, Ariza, and Lance S.?

          • Bruce

            yeah of course I did, but are they signing any one of them?? Talk is cheap, just do it, and the only way they not making a move goes back to my point, waiting on the big 2, the longer we wait, the mentioned names are quicker off the list.

          • Badazztj12

            We not going full force over these money hungry FA’s. Mitch already said it. Like or not. They really is the smartest way if the team wants to keep flexablity. You see these little amount of teams that not going after guys Lance, Monroe, and Isaiah? They are also fishing for them, WHILE still trying to get Melo and Lebron. Suns would have signed Bledsoe by now, wanna know why? They going after Lebron. Pistions they looking to trade Josh Smith because reports said Monroe will stay if Josh Smith is traded but will take time. Main people right now are Melo and Lebron. Untill at least one of them are gone teams aren’t worrying about them. This is business man

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

      Kaman wasn’t likely to return. We didn’t “lose” him, really. We knew Meeks was likely to get good money elsewhere that was above our price range. Rambis wasn’t much of an option either, and has always been a side note. It was rumored for a while he’d go to NY.

      So far, we haven’t lost much. We’ve missed out on a few things, like Hollins and Lowry, though.

    • TheZuluNation

      Jodie – Overpaid by DET; smart for the Lakers not to re-sign him.
      Kaman – Already expressed he wasn’t really interested in returning to the Lakers.
      Rambis – Ain’t nothin’ special
      Farmar – No guarantee he goes to the Clips, but it is possible.

      Overall, I think the Lakers have a plan but are waiting until the last minute to reveal it.

  • rival

    All this over paying Kobe stuff is funny when Kobe has made the laker organization 5 times his contact. It’s his bonus for everything he’s done no one deserves it more it’s how the Lakers show appreciation to one of the greatest players of all time. Of course it makes things a bit harder but not impossible

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

      Contracts usually aren’t “what you’ve done for us in the past”, it’s ” what we think you could do now”. If they’d have sat down with Kobe and reached an understanding about this offseason’s free agency, we could probably have still gotten Kobe around 20 mil/yr and brought in more talent.

      • TheZuluNation

        Or shit he should have took 10 mil/yr like Mr. Nowitzki. Great bargain deal.

  • Danny Carmona

    Not really it’s two birds with one stone u get melo u get gasol and there will always be role players to sign

  • karl

    okay now a very strange proposal. We still want love, right? Why don’t we try to sign and trade Gasol for love? we give them nash too and we should have enough cap space.
    We would have kobe, melo and love (we might have to draft randle for love too, but we might have him too).

    • vdogg

      seek help. NOW

    • TheTruthKills

      Gasol won’t agree to a sign and trade to Minny.

    • Badazztj12

      You still in-love with Love? Lol but serious we haven’t been talking about getting ever since that Warriors trade

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

      I assume we moved on from Love when we drafted Randle.

    • TheZuluNation

      I think Love will either go to Golden State, Boston (if Rondo isn’t traded), or… my wild card team – Washington.

  • vdogg

    IT’S JUST ABOUT OFFICIAL. JAMES WILL RE-SIGN WITH HEAT AND MELO WILL ACCEPT MAX DEAL FROM KNICKS

  • rival

    All these ESPN “experts” say teams like Chicago are a better fit for melo, I say lol, let’s analyze. Both teams superstars are coming off of injuries but rose hasn’t played in 2 years and rose is not even Kobe’s toilet paper. Noah is not the type of player that can lead you to a title so that makes him a class B role player like gasol who has two rings and is faithful too Kobe and the Lakers (amongst all the negativity). We got a better and higher ranked player in the draft than they did and the list goes on. So sorry ESPN just because you think you’re sports scientists and are on television doesn’t mean your right and we’re wrong

    • TheTruthKills

      You lost all credibility when you said Noah was a class B role player. He led the Bulls to the playoffs without Rose. Gasol led us to the lottery without Kobe. Noah won DPOTY. Gasol doesn’t know what defense is. Chicago has a better roster than we do. That’s not even up for debate.

      • rival

        You are probably the only person that thinks Noah is a class A player. Gasol battled with injury all season and leading a team to the playoffs in the east isn’t the same as winning 2 rings with a WC team

        • TheTruthKills

          Rings won 4 years ago don’t make you better today. Right now Gasol doesn’t deserve to be in the same sentence as Noah. You’re probably the only person who thinks they’re equal.

          • rival

            It’s a matter of opinion you come out like your right I’m wrong lol. Of course Noah is in his prime and one if the most valuable big man in the league but so is gasol. Gasol still has a lot in the tank why do you think all the big teams want him. I’m just saying joining Kobe gasol and randle is up to par if not over joining the bulls

          • TheTruthKills

            “You come out like your right I’m wrong”

            You do the exact same thing but with poor grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

            ….but that’s none of my business.

          • TheZuluNation

            Lmao you hit him with the Kermit phrase.

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

      The Bulls made the playoffs with this roster, missing their star player. Rose returns, the Bulls are immediately better. Add Melo and they’re a contender.

      The Lakers still have a lot of building to do. The Bulls have a better roster in a weaker conference.

  • TheTruthKills

    A lot of people made a big thing about Mitch “going all in”. Where did that get us? Nowhere. The only thing we need to be going all in on is a rebuild. Luckily our pick next year is top 5 protected.

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

      It is. I hope we won’t need it. I’d be happy if we can get a 40 win roster together, set us up for some decent signings next season.

    • TheZuluNation

      There’s no way the team will be that bad.

  • Swagzilla

    QUICK UPDATES

    Nick Young was contacted by the Hawks
    Rumor: Jazz and Bazemore are working on closing a deal
    Luol Deng is “intrigued” by sign and trade with the Clippers
    Greg Monroe rumor about him wanting to trade Smith was false according to Monroe
    Ariza and the Wizards are negotiating a new deal
    Rumor: Melo feels “aligned” with “Knicks” direction after meeting with Phil Jackson according to Yahoo

    • Badazztj12

      Give us the link

      • Swagzilla

        http://sports(dot)yahoo(dot) com/news/sources–after-meeting-with-knicks–carmelo-anthony-aligned-with-team-s-plans-184612252(dot)html

        • Badazztj12

          As one official involved in the recruiting process told Yahoo, “He just wants to feel like he’s not all alone on the court.”
          He always felt like that in NY

          • Swagzilla

            “Anthony had direct questions for Jackson and coach Derek Fisher
            during a Thursday meeting in Los Angeles, and Anthony’s increased
            confidence with the Knicks’ direction – which includes a maximum
            contract offer of five years and $129 million – has strengthened the
            franchise’s chances of re-signing Anthony, league sources told Yahoo
            Sports”

            I can do the same thing, it’s just a rumor.

          • Badazztj12

            lol so you playing this like its a challenge I see. That’s what you suppose to do in a meeting ask questions….ok? Media trying to get shit rocking

          • Swagzilla

            Chill it’s just a rumor but I hope it’s true I prefer the Lakers rebuild then try to put together a mediocre team with Kobe,Melo, Randle, Gasol from a defensive standpoint it’s awful. I don’t see how this team will be capable of being a true title contender with a questionable Kobe and Gasol and a questionable bench.

          • Badazztj12

            Chill because I said “shit rocking”? This is the way I talk and by the way the ball hasn’t been on the court, so you with you trying to predict the future don’t do anything with your statement. Melo not going to the playoffs with NY anyone. Fisher haven’t coach( which is a fact). We don’t even know if he capable of coaching this team. Phil is the president. Fisher makes the calls on the court

          • Swagzilla

            The Knicks were 1 game away from the playoffs with 37 wins compare that to the West were the Mavs made the 8th spot with 49 wins (3rd best in the East). The Lakers basically have to get 50 wins to make the playoffs with a lot of young teams only getting better. The Knicks plan on attracting free agents next summer in New York which is possible right now they have 7 million dollars guaranteed past 2015 with Love and Rondo as potential free agents (they have been linked to New York before).

          • Badazztj12

            You also have to look this deal at money wise also. Right now the Knicks are over the cap with 2 mil aleady. (They have been talking about the money according to yahoo source). They are offering him 25. mil something a year for 5 years. Which is wayyyy over the cap and close to there lux tax. The Kicks would have to pay a lot of taxes for that amount of money. The media play a factor also. They might say Melo is just there for the money and doesn’t care about winning. They traded away chandler(there best rim protecter) and felton, just for a nice pass-first pg who can shoot but no defense. They are looking badder than last year already. So you tell who the better team between Lakers and Knicks at a standpoint right now if we get Melo

          • Swagzilla

            It would honestly be a toss up the Lakers starting 5 currently looks like this Nash,Kobe, Melo, Randle, and Sacre right now.

          • Badazztj12

            Who would attract more FA’s. Kobe-Melo-Randle-Gasol or Melo-Jose-A’marie-JR

          • Swagzilla

            Amare’s contract expires next year, Smith’s contract comes with a player option, and Jose is the only one guaranteed past 2015 outside of maybe Melo if he resigns, so they hardly matter. Randle and Gasol can’t protect the rim but might be an interesting duo, Kobe and Melo will also be interesting, Melo did lead the league in iso’s the past couple of years and can be a ball hog at times. How well will that mix with Kobe and the Lakers?

          • Badazztj12

            Scott said he is adding a post up offense in his system and he preaches team D. Melo also can play off-ball with Kobe as we seen in the Olympics of 2008 and 2012. Scott has always said if he is named coach “Kobe will have to change”. Which is already Kobe been doing since 2012. He has average more assists than anybody on Lakers since then. If you did watch how he played, you would know. By the way you still didn’t answer my last question.

          • Swagzilla

            I do watch Kobe play I know about him almost average 5 assists a game for his career but he doesn’t always make the extra pass like Melo. I don’t understand why people bring up the Olympics they are on a team full of allstars playing against weaker competition compared to the NBA where there are 1-2 allstars on a team where they probably don’t have as much trust in their average teammates.I guess the Lakers attract more free agents despite the Knicks lineup being temporary.

          • Badazztj12

            Yea exactly about what you said “much trust in their average teammates”(or other all-star) If you a star, you gonna take shots, but when you look at Kobe. He really starts “ball hogging”(or put team on his back) when he knows his team is struggling. I mean every team count on there star to step-up when the time comes. Why do you think Kobe has so many clutch shots? Why you think Kobe has so many missed clutch shots? People depend on his too much, just how people depend on Lebron(also reason they lose Finals)and Melo(reason he ball hogs) too much.

          • Swagzilla

            If you say so.

    • TheTruthKills

      Looking like a complete swing and miss for the FO.

      • Swagzilla

        Yep.

      • Zimmeredge

        Left a lot of players….

    • Badazztj12

      Not one of these RUMORS have a deal out but the Melo and Knicks rumor

  • Frnk Sinatra

    Going to Cleveland is a waste of time LeBitch is not leaving Miami Mitch should be focusing on role played to compliment Kobe Pau and maybe Melo

  • rival

    Why do some of you turn Every comment into and argument or try to sound more intellectual than the other? Any scenario that plays out will be a positive one. We went more than 10 years between the showtime era Shaq Kobe era some of you are spoiled and think we are always going to win or think you know how to figure this whole situation out. We will win when the book called life says we will win

    • Badazztj12

      This is a blog. This what happens. Cant handles it we don’t you on this site

      • rival

        Lol I forgot to mention theres also idiots on this site you don’t even make sense

        • Badazztj12

          Explain and I want it in full detail

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

    The fact is, we don’t know what the FO is doing. All we know is what the media tells us. The Lakers seem to have expressed interest in many FAs, and those FAs know that anyone who CAN get Melo/James, will try. They get that LBJ and Melo are the first dominoes that will fall.

    However, I’m not sure whether we should get another super star at the cost of solid role guys (Ariza/Deng, M. Gasol/Asik in 2015), and future stars (Love, Rondo). Part of me thinks we should try and roll with Kobe/Ariza/Randle (maybe even Stephenson) for 2014-15, and then try to upgrade our C next season. Sure, we won’t be a championship contender this season, but will we be with Melo? Don’t think so. Great player, will definitely improve our team, but what about the other two positions? We could get Pau, but what’s the window for a team with a 36yr old SG and a 34 yr old C?

    • TheZuluNation

      I think the Lakers should sign Lance and Ariza this summer and next summer perhaps go after Brook Lopez if he can stay healthy this upcoming season and of course if he chooses to opt out. Marc Gasol will most likely get a contract extension and Asik just got traded to New Orleans. Maybe if he doesn’t like New Orleans and they don’t make the playoffs he will leave but I’m not sure.
      Next season lineup: Stephenson, Kobe, Ariza, Randle, Hill?
      Year After: Stephenson, Kobe, Ariza, Randle, Brook Lopez/Asik?
      Definitely not a championship-caliber lineup but the lineup will compete and the Lakers will soon progress into building that championship team.

  • rival

    One thing is for sure if melo is coming gasol is coming. If neither come I like the idea of waiting for next year. I think Stevenson could be useful this season along with ariza or parsons. As far as big men it gets tricky we can either be really good with gasol or bosh or we are going to really suck with sacre hill or this Jordan guy

    • TheZuluNation

      Hell no on Bosh. He’s kinda lazy on defense.

  • ExpensiveTaste154

    The lakers are not in a rebuild situation as wierd as it sounds lol with no constant lottery picks coming up, so why rebuild now I say go all in with mid range age players like melo who knows maybe he convinces lebron to come and maybe that convinces gasol to take a full mid level exeption since we will have no options left, then maybe young takes the next exeption we have at 3mil to win a championship and stay home but hey if adam morrison can win a ring anything is possible

  • Richard

    Good Article good points well worth considering. Meaning the value of EVERY player the Lakers add this year has to be considered a part of a potential Championship team.

  • Thomas Klein

    All you people predicting that the Lakers don’t land Melo or Lebron, and also miss out on ALL the free agents out there have to realize, what’s the worst that can happen? We have another crappy year and next year have another top draft pick because the 2015 pick is top 10 protected.
    We draft a great point guard, or shooting guard, or center, depending on what’s available, and pair him with Randle, Clarkson, Kelly and Sacre.
    Then we sign young free agents around them

    • afs

      It’s top 5 protected btw

      • VillainKing

        Buddy, I thought the Lakers 2015 draft pick will go in the Suns??

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

          Top 5 protected, so if we end up 1-5 they don’t get it. Anything else? Yup, it’s theirs.

          • VillainKing

            Ok thank you buddy, I understand now..

          • afs

            Yes sir, and if we end up top 5 in 2015, we still have to give the Suns the 2016 first round pick unprotected.

    • Bruce

      Patience is another thing, fans and media here in LA cannot accept another lost season playing for nothing. The Lakers organization itself cannot afford to go through another lost season, you’re talking about the fans losing interest, TV ratings going down, it’s just bad vibe all the way down. Plus you got Kobe coming back healthy, you think he would be thrilled to go through another crap season with a bunch of 1 year role players? I don’t think so.
      Lakers have to make some moves soon, at least be better than last season and try to fight for a playoff spot then go from there. More and more FAs are off the list, they better sign some players to improve their team asap.

      • DDub

        I agree its time to move forward.

      • TheZuluNation

        If fans lose interest and TV ratings go down we know who the real fans are right?

    • DDub

      Keep dreaming and you will turn into the clippers of years past, its time to move on from Melo and Lebron and find young talent to build the team. Also st this point there are better options for both if them and those teams at least have a coach and system in place.

  • J King

    Chances are very slim for melo. I guess nobody wants to play for the Lakers. Since the CP3 deal got nixed, the CBA curse on the Lakers continues.

  • LakerSpartan117

    Spencer Hawes was just signed by the Clippers. Apparently they won’t have the cap space to resign Deandre Jordan next season, or at least if they do they will be in the luxury tax. So I just had an idea for what the Lakers next lineup could be:

    1) Forget about Melo and Lebron. Not worth the asking price and will put the Lakers in a bad spot cap-wise for years to come.
    2)Sign Lance Stephenson & Isaiah Thomas to decent contracts (convince them to sign decent/cap friendly contracts, so that they can make a huge splash next year)

    3) Sign Swaggy P and other bench players (X, Hill, etc.)

    4)Wait until next year and go all out for Love and Jordan

    Potential starting 5:

    PG) Stephenson
    SG) Bryant
    SF) Randle
    PF) Love
    C) Jordan

    Love is best suited for the perimeter, while Randle is better in the post creating matchup problems. Isaiah Thomas will come of the bench and we can move Stephenson to SG, so Kobe can get considerable rest during games.

    I know it’s crazy, but the Lakers have done it before and the only way to sell an idea is to have it in place.

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

      Depends on who owns the team next season. I don’t see why they’d let Jordan go, especially if they’re on the verge of contention.

      • DDub

        You are right, why would they let D.J ordan go unless there is a major trade and they need to move him, and the trade makes them better!? What do people be drinking and smoking with these crazy ideas, like trade Randle for instance? No you build with him!

    • afs

      Interesting thought. That would definitely be sick. I don’t think we’ll sign both Lance and Isaiah this year though. And i don’t think lance can play point

    • VillainKing

      No more Love anymore we have Randle at PF position..but I like the idea of Deandre Jordan and Julius Randle for the Lakers frontcourt..

    • TheZuluNation

      They didn’t sign Hawes to replace DJ: DJ is going no where… and Randle can’t play SF…

      • LakerSpartan117

        I didn’t say they did, but in terms of caps space they don’t have enough of it to resign him without going over the cap. Plus DJ is an unrestricted free agent next year, so he can decide where he wants to go. So don’t presume you know what DJ wants….

        And why can’t Julius play SF? Because he didn’t shoot many jumpers in college so you assume he can’t shoot at all? Well in high school he shot many jumpers and looked good while doing it, but he could improve. Caron Butler started his career playing in the post, then worked on his 3-point shot and became a threat on the perimeter.

        • TheZuluNation

          I’m not presuming what he wants: I just can’t see why he would leave a winning team,

          I never said anything about his shooting – just don’t think he has the quickness to guard 3′s… and yeah Caron is a true SF tho. He’s 6’7.

          • LakerSpartan117

            And LeBron is 6’9 and Durant is 6’10 yet they are “true” SF’s. The NBA average height for SF’s is 6’6-6’10. Julius is 6’9 and his body is almost built like LeBron’s. And one of the things Julius was praised about coming out of college was his quick first step in the post, hence quick feet.

  • Daryl Peek

    “The Los Angeles Lakers have been in the middle of the discussions for every major free agent so far this off-season.”

    Everyone needs to calm down as the free agency period has just started and is not even a week old. The team is pushing a reset button and it will not happen overnight.

  • Lakers4Life

    We have a better chance at getting LeBron over Melo, but that’s exactly what we need so the next week should be interesting.
    Then we can trade Nash along with Randle for more effective players to fill up the roster. Let’s go Mitch and Lakers!

    • DDub

      You don’t trade young talent like Randle, you build with him.

  • Edy

    So far the reports are that we have the lesser chance in signing melo and lebron even if we had the cap space not sure if there hating on the lakers or it’s legit but I’m just worried that we might lose out on Bledsoe, Thomas,ariza,Monroe,lance etc any of these guys can be the key pieces to a contending team for the upcoming season hope we get answer ASAP from melo so we can move on and look towards building something solid this free agent and probably next yrs free agency

  • DDub

    Its time to move on and forget melo and lebron, there are some players out there that the Lakers can build with. They are being used as a bargaining chip, Go on put a coach in place because they have already missed out on a good one in Hollins, and now its time to put a roster together, or the will be worst than last season.

  • Johnathan

    Don’t you think the ones who are focusing too much on melo are you guys (the media)?

  • borsalino12

    4 years and $ 96 millions from the Lakers against 5 years and $ 126 millions from the Knicks. Both teams are far from championship contention and have no other attractive players to play with. If you are Carmelo Anthony, which team you will choose? The answer is very simple, right.

  • borsalino12

    Instead of waiting to the last moment for answers from Carmelo, LeBron and Pau, it is a lot better to try to get ASAP some other FA’s like E.Bledsoe, Br.Hayward, Ch.Parsons and Gr.Monroe and to resign some of our own FA’s like J.Farmar, K.Bazemore, N.Young, R.Kelly and J.Hill.Any combination of our FA’s plus 2-3 of the above mentioned names will make this team an immediate playoff contender and a lot more attractive place for future free agents.Kupchak and Jimmy Buss has to understand that the interests of the team are always above the interests of Mr.24.
    These is no vision to work for the future. They are trying to have immediate success by bringing in Carmelo or LeBron, which in no way will make as a championship contender.

  • TheZuluNation

    Melo and LeBron attention is a smoke screen that is hiding the real plan. Just a guess.

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