The Lakers brass will meet Carmelo Anthony in an undisclosed location in Los Angeles on Thursday in an effort to give the superstar free agent their sales pitch to sign with the team.
Along with Kobe Bryant, Mitch Kupchak, Jeanie and Jim Buss, three-time NBA champion James Worthy will be involved in the team’s pitch to Carmelo, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:
Hearing that James Worthy will be a part of the Lakers' pitch to Carmelo Anthony today.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 3, 2014
With the odds not in the Lakers’ favor to land Carmelo, the team is pulling out all the stops in an effort to sell the perennial All-Star on the prospect of playing in Los Angeles.
Even though Magic Johnson won’t attend the meeting with the former face of the franchise on vacation in Italy, Worthy added to the mix may help matters for the Lakers.
Before sitting down with the Lakers on Thursday, Anthony met with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Dallas Mavericks. Following the meeting with the Lakers, Anthony will meet with the Knicks in Los Angeles. Phil Jackson and company hope to get a verbal commitment from Anthony on Thursday night.
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