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Lakers News: Magic Johnson Called In For Carmelo Anthony Pitch Meeting

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Shortly before free agency began, Magic Johnson shared on Twitter that he was going on his annual vacation. While there was a report that Magic would not be part of Carmelo Anthony’s pitch meeting, he actually called in according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:

With Jim and Jeanie Buss, Mitch Kupchak, and James Worthy present at the meeting, the Lakers made a strong impression and are considered the Knicks’ biggest threat. While Anthony was expected to make his decision on Monday, it appears he will take more time with the emergence of Los Angeles as a destination.

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For the Lakers, the franchise is awaiting the decisions of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James before moving forward. With ample cap space, the Lakers have the luxury of signing one of these players to a max contract without having to move any salary.

If the Lakers are unable to sign either superstar, they do have a Plan B which includes players like Isaiah Thomas, Lance Stephenson, Greg Monroe, and Chandler Parsons. With three players under contract and two rookies in Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, it will be interesting to see what direction the team ultimately takes in free agency.
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  • Lakers Fan

    Glad to see Magic trying to lure players to the Lakers. I think everyone is waiting to see what Chris Bosh will do. If Bosh leaves for Houston, Melo is headed to South Beach. If Melo heads to South Beach, all this waiting will be for nothing. We could possibly leave free agency with nothing.

    • kookiebuger

      I also read that the Knicks were trying to trade Amare to the 76ers, so it’s possible that they might try and lure LeBron to New York either way it’s looking bad for the Lakers.

      • Zimmeredge

        Philly ain’t gonna take phil’s trash. Stoud will see his contract out in nyc or will be traded half of the season. Not this summer.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          People call Kobe greedy for his contract, but nobody says a word about Amar’e. Just saying.

          • Terrell Fountain

            You right no one has said anything about Amar’e.Kobe Bryant is better than him and deserve the money he is going to receive

    • RealLakerFan311

      Wrong. If Lakers don’t getting Melo they can get an actual team. Greg Monroe, Ariza and Stephenson. And Maybe Pau resigns. You could have a potential starting five of Nash, Kobe, Ariza, Pau, Monroe…Julius Randle, Marshall, Sacre and other vet min contracts off the bench

      • kookiebuger

        That depends, the Lakers are waiting on Melo who I read is waiting on LeBron to make his decision which probably won’t be anytime to soon. All those players you listed can be off the market by the time they make their decision.

        • jim2

          I agree. By the time Mello and LeBron make a decision, most good players will be gone. I would dump the Nash contract and go after Ariza, Pau, Monroe, and Stevenson now.

          • Zimmeredge

            Do you realize that bron and melo are forward and just like steph deng parsons ariza hayward they play the same position… They can’t go before bron or melo if they go before they will be overpaid… No reason to hurry.

      • common sense

        i dont want ariza for 9-11 million a year for 3-4 years. nash is done, like done. he may take a medical retirement. lakers have no expectations for him for the upcoming season. i like monroe. i dont think stephenson and his ball stopping ways r a good fit w kobe.

        • O

          how bout try and go for Parsons?? he’s younger than Ariza anways try and take him away from Dallas lol.

          • common sense

            love parsons. young, great shooter, can space the floor.

          • Brenda L Williams

            He can’t play defense like Ariza

          • your mother

            stephenson better than ariza. would rather spend 9-11 on stephenson. Crazy is good

        • Laker4life

          Nash was done before they got him in the Lakers , worse deal lakers ever got since Kwame brown

          • Brenda L Williams

            Amen, waive him bye bye shameful he’s still wearing a laker uniform.

      • DKWTTY

        If they don’t get Melo the odds are Pau isn’t re-signing.

        • common sense

          agreed, which im fine with

      • Lakers Fan

        Stephenson wants something in the 10-11$ million range, Ariza wants something in the 9-11$ million range, and Monroe will want at least 10 million as well. Then you say maybe Pau resigns? Not happening man. The only realistic team I can see the Lakers putting together if Melo decides to go elsewhere is:

        PG: Thomas/Clarkson/Marshall
        SG: Stephenson/Henry
        SF: Kobe/Bazemore
        PF: Randle/Kelly
        C: Monroe/Sacre

        Atlanta can offer Monroe the max, so I doubt he would pass that up. In all honesty, it’s even a chance we don’t get Thomas or Stephenson due to them likely getting bigger pay days elsewhere. All I know is this, the Lakers better start signing players now. Because whether you want to believe it or not, if Bosh leaves Miami before Melo makes a decision, Melo is headed to South Beach. That means we are left to find players to keep us competitive next season. And who is to say any of these players will be available? I’d rather them start building a team now than to be in panic mode if Melo decisions to go elsewhere, and start offering ridiculous contracts to get players to come here.

        • Deezyisme

          That’ll be dumb to sign players now if Melo is really working out the details of becoming a Laker. They would be idiotic to sign players now, who know their role, and will wait for the bigs to sign before they go anywhere.

          • Lakers Fan

            Yea. Lets wait another week to see where Melo signs and let all the good FAs sign somewhere else. These FAs and teams will only hold out for so much longer. You do realize we can do more without Melo than with him right? We can build an actual team just like RealLakerFan311 was eluding too. If we continue to wait, how do we know Melo will actually sign with us? If he decides to go somewhere else, what do we do then? What if all the good FAs are gone? The only thing the Lakers can pitch to Melo right now is the business side of things. Not winning, because we don’t even have a roster or a coach. I would rather the Lakers make a couple of signings, but still have enough cap left in case we do sign Melo. That’s all I’m saying. It would be even more idiotic to wait on Melo, then in the end not get him and end up with nothing in this free agency.

          • Deezyisme

            I never said anything about not being able to build a team without Melo. What I’m saying is it would be idiotic, to now start signing people, when big name players always take their time to sign. Last Free Agency Lebron took 8 days, so it won’t be much longer. Even Melo and Lebron wouldn’t be dumb enough to drag it on to the last day, if they know, they can potentially get more additional players surrounding them. All I’m saying is, if we wait til this weekend for Melo, then start signing other players, I guarantee they’ll still be there.

          • Lakers Fan

            It’s been 8 days already, and you want them to wait til the weekend? He has had a week to decide what he is going to do. He has talked to every team, and now the only possible reason I can think of that is hindering Melo’s decision is the possibility to play with LeBron in Miami. He is waiting to see if Bosh will leave. I never wanted Melo from the beginning, so I don’t care if he comes or not. I just don’t want to miss out on other FAs because we are waiting on Melo to make a decision, which is seeming to take forever.

      • Chrmngblly

        And you feel your lineup is equal to Melo, LeBron, Kobe, Nash and Gasol? Are you some kind of swami?

    • Kobe Slams Haters

      See everyone i love LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to be on The Lakers because they are winners and LeBron James has been in 5 NBA Finals and won 2 NBA championships also he is a 4 time NBA MVP and he is all about winning at all costs.As for Carmelo Anthony he has been in the playoffs every season of his career just not last season and he plays hard and knows how to win and he scores on anyone anytime he wants.They both get rebounds and LeBron is a great defender and a great passer and ball handler i love his game.Yes it’s the only 2 free agents i am interested in the Lakers signing.Magic Johnson is doing his best to get them to sign and Mitch is closing the deal and the accounting financial department works out the contract details but yes i want both LeBron and Carmelo on the Lakers.They will bring back showtime to the city of Los Angeles.

    • Derek Clark

      No. Bosh will not move until LeBron does. He has said and even told Houston that he prefers to play with LeBron in Miami. If Bosh leaves, that means he’s got a strong indication that LeBron is on his way to Cleveland. Which means we still get Melo. Unless Phil miraculously trades Amare and Bargnani … somehow … then Melo goes to NYK and we can throw money at Monroe, Stephenson, Thomas and others. Honesty not trippin anymore over Melos decision.

      • KB8

        Yeah, people saying that Bosh will move first is just dumb thinking. The man wants to win rings, he’s going to wait for the best player of their generation to decide before he makes any moves. It wouldn’t be smart thinking.

      • Lakers Fan

        Thats why I said IF he leaves. It seems like Bosh is waiting on LeBron, LeBron is waiting on Bosh, Melo is waiting on Bosh and LeBron, and Pau is waiting on Melo lol. I think Bosh will decide the outcome of everyone else depending on if he stays with Miami or goes to Houston.

  • kiko

    LA Lakers Should make choose next hire head coach Bob Mcadoo and jeff van gundy or george karl and mike woodson and mark jackson next new head coach LA Lakers right now

    • Nik

      Coach K if the roster is right.

      • Tune

        That won’t happen

    • woodson sucks

      woodson sucks

  • sena

    i can honestly believe that Bron and melo will choose lakers.and it would be a chance for kobe to increase his titles maybe to 9 rings!no wonder lakers can be the next team for a 3peat.we were away 4 years from championhip.i mean that i believe NBA is rigged for years and i don’t care who try to say something about it but this time can be for lakers.what is melo&Bron waiting for?coz they gonna team up in LA.just wait and see what happens guys u all gonna see i am right.

    • 3339

      If Dr. Buss were still alive they’d be having their introductory press conference right now.
      now I doubt it. Would be nice and an incredible story, but I doubt it.

    • David

      I believe it’s possible. I’m just concerned what’s taking so long for this transpire. Maybe melo and LeBron are sending up a smokescreen and they will come. This is making my nerves bad though. lol Also, Espn is very neg toward LA. It’s appears they don’t LA to dominate esp Tim Legler..Hopefully Mitch comes thru.

      • KB8

        The negativity ESPN has been giving LA this entire season and offseason is ridiculous. I can’t wait for them all to look stupid.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Basically ESPN is drawing board for Lakers hate.

        • sena

          this is wht i’m talkin’ about.lakers will shock the world signing with melo&Bron and not signing with pau!! i am sure bro

        • Devon Samuels²⁴

          BSPN been Negative towards us even during our Title run nothing surprised me hearing Neg comments from them

    • Zimmeredge

      9rings? 4 finals in row? You must be on something.

    • TheTruthKills

      Why would Melo and Bron take less money to play with Kobe when they could both make over $20 million a year and play with Wade?

      • Robert

        Because its kobe get outta here lakers fans only

        • TheTruthKills

          I’m a Lakers fan, but I see you’re using the LN logic. “You have a different opinion than me so you’re not a real fan”.

      • Luke’s

        Why would melo and lebron take less money to come to south beach? Get out of here you bandwagon fan, before the big three, you heat were worse than the wizards. Can’t say the same about the lakers though.

        • kookiebuger

          ? He’s a Lakers fan i’ve seen him on several posts before and Miami do own LeBron’s rights plus they have about 50 million available in cap space right now if they wanted to they can go out and sign Melo to a max contract and still have more then enough to buy a bench before going over the cap to resign LeBron,Bosh,and Wade.

          • LakersOverEverything

            No they can’t. Espn did the math earlier

      • fuck nash man

        both bron and melo cannot make max with wade. if they renounced bosh, they go under the cap and then MLE and BI-annual will be gone.

      • LakersOverEverything

        They can’t BOTH make 20mil in Miami. Melo would have to settle for 16, and in that case why not take a paycut with LA instead, and play with pau, kobe, randle, and still have money for another player (if Anthony paycuts) like Bledsoe?

        Oh and wade is washed up

      • DKWTTY

        You act like Wade is the Wade of old. Did you not see the playoffs and Finals?

      • Truth B Told

        It’s elementary dear sir……Kobe is BETTER than Wade…….Now go to your room.

    • DKWTTY

      This delusional dream has GOT to stop.

  • 3339

    Melo just wants to play with Lebron. Riley and Lebron are probably going to force Bosh out for Melo. Go ahead and do that but that doesn’t make them better. If anything it makes them worse. They’ll have no bigs.
    Lakers have to move on. If Melo really wanted LA he’d already be here. He doesn’t really want it. Let’s move on.

    • Zimmeredge

      Riley does not wan to break the big three up that’s why he is playing with the clock. He said it right after the last game of the season. Bring the group back together and retool. He does not want to break it.

  • AC

    something better happen today, it’s taking too long and it’s getting boring. I want us to sign some players already.

    • David

      I agree but good things come to those who wait. At the end of the day we’ll be fine with or without melo..Pick up Stephenson, Thomas, etc.

      • kookiebuger

        It’s best for the Lakers to strike now, not wait. Melo might be waiting on LeBron to make a decision while LeBron is waiting on Pat Riley to make moves.

        • David

          yea that’s true.. I’m getting antsy….I hope we have the trump card. But if not we need to start collecting crops without blowing our salary cap though.

      • AC

        That is good a point you said at the beginning, but I just don’t want us to miss out on the good players. The FO should seriously go out and sign some guys to fill out the bench while waiting for LeBron or Melo. Where are the Swaggy P signings and the Jordan Hill signings?? we need those guys to fill out our bench as they are valuable guys. Even guys like Henry and Bazemore, we need to sign them as well. We need to let LeBron and Melo know who they could potentially play with next season. It’s one of the reasons why Farmar left cause he didn’t know who he was gonna play with next season

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          The Swaggy and Hill signing take up too much cap room to bring in Melo/LeBron and keep Pau. That’s why nothing is happening yet.

        • Nik

          I really think Greg Monroe is a prized freeagent with a lot of potential who has already shown growth

      • Redemption Rain

        Same time you don’t want to miss out on the mid-level guys. Waiting too long and you will be let with scraps from the D-League.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Not if they land one of the top free agents. Don’t settle for mid-level guys when there are elite players available.

          • Redemption Rain

            You said it “IF” I say that if Melo continues to drag this out for “Lebron to make his decision,” we should move on for the mid-level guys that are hella younger then those two. Then go for younger stars in next years free agency. If you ask me now who I rather have Melo and Lebron or Durant and Love, I’ll pick the second option.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I love KLove, but I think he is massively overrated. If the Lakers land Melo or LeBron this summer, they can still add Durant in two years. If you ask me, I’d rather have LeBron and Durant. And I’m not so sure Melo is the one dragging this out. I think he wants to go to the Lakers, but the Lakers are still waiting on LeBron.

  • LakersOverEverything

    It would really piss me off if melo went to Miami. Wtf?? Why take a pay cut to go play with lebron, and no big men. If you don’t mind making 16mil then come make it in LA with kobe, Pau, Randle, and possibly Bledsoe with the extra we’d save by not paying you 24mil. We could have such a strong and balanced team if he came to LA on a paycut.

  • YOUNGKOBE

    Yall dont know anything and even me, trust what will happen is what you’ll least expect or right on the dime so just be patient, you’ll find out soon enough.

  • mikee

    I think they should hire scott already, forget about melo, lebron. Go after parsons and thomas, they should be number 1 priority, with the money we would give melo we could easily get both of them. Then either resign pau or go for monroe. Also should resign nick young and at least look at xavier henry or bazemore for cheap money.

    • Zimmeredge

      How is possible to Forget about melo and bron…. Those guys are amont the top 5 and you want us to pass on those guys for average dudes…. We are not the fucking Milwaukee bucks!

      • TheTruthKills

        We picked 5 spots behind the Bucks. Not 25, just 5. So the whole “we’re not team x” argument goes right out the window. We’re in the same spot as the Bucks except they’re developing a young core and we refuse to.

        • Zimmeredge

          Really? What about randle clarkson Marshall Kelly sacre. So you ask the team to tank on purpose? Ain’t gonna happen. Ain’t the plan fo Choose. There is not one one good path to success. Fo’s heading one way straight. They have a plan b and they have plan c. All those good wings ain’t gonna go elsewhere before bron and melo anyway and if they go they will be overpaid so we have to wait.

        • LakersOverEverything

          No, the argument holds up. We’re not some team who repeatedly makes idiot moves, or settles for remaining a lottery team

  • TheTruthKills

    Looks like Mitch was going all in for failure. No LeBron, no Melo, no Lowry, no Bosh, no nothing. Add those failures with the Dwight fiasco and you can clearly see the writing on the wall. The Lakers brand isn’t what it used to be. We can’t just flash the rings, throw money at guys, and expect them to sign with us. The three stooges (Jim, Mitch, and Jeanie) have to change how things are done. The old ways aren’t getting it done anymore.
    There’s no escaping it now, we have no choice but to rebuild from scratch. The only free agents we should pursue now are solid young players with the potential to get better. Guys like Bledsoe, Parsons, and Monroe should be at the top of the list.

    • Zimmeredge

      Failure? Do melo sign or resign elsewhere? Where is lebron? Where is bosh? Where is Pau. You only have to sit and wait and be patient all the others average fa that will go for 10m wońt go before all those big names. Enough of this hurry up modo bs. Be patient. Fo has decided to go somewhere which means they are confident going into that direction. There is probability we will go for bosh in the end and play him alongside gasol. But if we end up with melo it would have really worth the wait if not… Move on. The heat and rockets will loose.

      • kookiebuger

        You realize that the Heat own LeBron’s, Bosh’s,and Wade’s bird rights, right? The front office can over go the cap to resign them if they want to (probably will) LeBron and them is just adding pressure for them to improve their team/bench before resigning, they still have about 50 million available in cap space.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          The 50 million includes Lebron, Wade, and Bosh. “Cap holds.” Look it up. www[dot]cbafaq[dot]com

          • kookiebuger

            Doesn’t that make the Lakers over as well?

          • Zimmeredge

            We ain’t gonna go over only for vet and exceptions as allowed by the cba.
            If Miami bring back lebron and pick melo they’ll have to first renounce bosh’s bird rights and then sign melo. Melo, bron and wade they are up for 55m. If they keep all three and bring in melo which is the silliest thing ever made

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Yes, that’s why they can’t just sign Lebron and Melo and then resign Pau, Young, Hill, and everyone else.

          • kookiebuger

            That doesn’t make sense the Lakers wouldn’t have been able to offer Melo a max if they were over and the Heat wouldn’t have been able to sign Granger and McRoberts to those type of contracts if they were over as well.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Once players are allowed to start signing contracts, the team’s own free agents will sign first to remove those cap holds. Right now, Pau takes up $20 million toward next year’s cap, but if they resign him to say $8 million, that will free up $12 million for other players. The Heat haven’t signed those guys yet; they have to clear cap space by taking care of their big contracts first.

            If teams could sign up to the cap, and then add their own players, a team as profitable as the Lakers could just add 2 max free agents every 4 years and keep all their existing players.

          • kookiebuger

            That still doesn’t explain it LeBron,Wade,and Bosh make 55 million combined that’s not including the rest of the team (Chalmbers,Cole,Allen,Birdman,Haslem,Battier,etc.) they would have been capable of using the mid level on McRoberts but no source I found said they did and that would mean Granger would of had to sign for the minimum not a 2yr/4.2 million (2.1 a year). It doesn’t make much sense plus how did the Lakers offer Melo a max (20+ million)? None of the Heat players officially signed with other teams and only a few players who were signed for the minimum left the Lakers.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Looks like you’re a fool. LeBron hasn’t committed anywhere. Melo hasn’t. Bosh hasn’t. If the front office told you they planned to sign Lowry this summer, then that is one failure. Dwight couldn’t handle the big lights.

      You notice how many players coming into the league say Kobe was their favorite player growing up? The Lakers brand is just fine and will be for the foreseeable future. 31 Finals appearances in 67 years. This is only the third time in the franchise’s history that they have missed the Finals four years in a row. That’s why they matter more than any other franchise and you don’t need to worry about the “brand.”

      • TheTruthKills

        They may not have committed anywhere, but it’s clear they have a plan and the Lakers aren’t a part of it. Also, using the same tired excuse about Dwight. Was it that he couldn’t handle the bright lights or was it that he went to what he felt was a better situation?

        Out of all the players that say Kobe was their favorite player growing up how many of them have come here to play with him? I’m not talking about getting drafted here. I’m talking about players who actual came here of their own free will. If Melo and LeBron are such big fans why haven’t they signed with us yet? I’m quite aware of the money being made, the finals appearances, the winning percentages, and all the rest. I’ve seen nearly 30 years of history made in person from my seats at the Forum/Staples Center. But apparently that’s not ringing home with the recent batch of free agents. So yes, from a basketball standpoint (today, not 6 years ago) I will worry about my team.

        One more thing, spare me the name calling. We’re not in 2nd grade anymore.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          If you’ve been watching for 30 years, then you realize the franchise has only ever lured ONE marquee free agent in its entire history. Just because they haven’t signed any marquee guys in the last few seasons doesn’t mean no one wants to play there.

    • KB8

      Rebuild? When have the Lakers ever went through a rebuilding process? We RELOAD. Wilt, Jerry West, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Shaq, Pau. Those are all players that we either drafted or traded for. We haven’t ‘thrown’ money at guys to sign with us, we toss money at good role players and bench players. The only time we use money is to resign a superstar we value. Never have the Lakers bought their superstars. I doubt you’ve watched the Lakers for 30 years otherwise you would have known this.

      Oh by the way, the stooges, Jim and Mitch actually were the ones who were responsible for bringing up Andrew Bynum. They were responsible for getting the trade for CP3, Dwight, and Pau Gasol. Oh and not to mention instrumental in the Lakers 3 peat as well as 2 peat because if you watched for ’30 years’ like you say you did, then you would know that Jim and Mitch have been working together since the beginning of 2000. It seems to be a big trend ever since the Spurs won to use the argument that ‘we need young players,’ No, what we need is hungry and competitive guys. Those two traits don’t come with age, it comes from the character that the player has.

    • DKWTTY

      It’s sad. Just wait until Melo doesn’t sign with us too. The Lakers are just getting worse and worse.

    • Kenneth Simkins

      Why dont you show yourself here if you are a true Lakers fan! If no shut your big fat trap and just follow your own team!

  • Jeremy Wing

    Would you take Carmelo or rebuild with the adding off FA of names like Isaiah Thomas, Lance Stephenson, Greg Monroe, Chandler Parson and even Kyle Lowery a possibility.. take a page out of the New England Patriots build a franchise 101 before Brady a luck of the draw with not A and D players but B and C’s

    • nik

      I like Monroe as a bargain & someone who is likley to be an all star – has potential & has already shown growth… beyond that, it is the big team stars that are really worth it… ive never much like undersized score first pg like Thomas.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        I don’t know about him as an all-star. Especially if he moves to the west. He’d have to beat out Durant, Love, Howard, Aldridge, Griffin, Davis, maybe LeBron and Melo. Good luck.

  • Taurean Fairley

    I understand fans not being patient and not wanting to be part of the delayed waiting game…..but if we have a chance of getting one of the best players of this generation. You go all out!! Haters are going to hate just like they do with all the greats. I think it’s total blasphemy to say mamba and melo can’t coexist. As we all witness when these players have even decent players on their squad they show a different side/unselfish game to the better of the team and winning. With that said as a true and realistic Lakers fan, I’m excited about not only about Melo signing but maybe even more for the Plan B signings of players such as Isaiah thomas, Lance Stephenson, Greg Monroe and whomever else that can make us more of a complete team! Either way with a healthy mamba, young/hungry stud in Julius Randle and whoever we sign. The Lakers will be back this year.

  • Lake aficionado

    I’m not sure why everyone is making such a big deal with Lebron or Carmelo? Both are at the end of their NBA career. Whoever gets them will have a short window to work with and that’s if there are no unexpected injuries. How quickly we forget about Shaquille? He went to Miami which at that time was ready for him and they just won 1 championship. But soon after Shaq was finished, at the age of 34. So Melo and Lebron may only have 3 seasons left. I guess if you could get 1 championship it’s all worth it.
    Personally all these superstars need to look at how the Spurs and previously the Utah Jazz with Stockton and Malone on how to extend their NBA careers while being competitive. You saw what happened to Kobe when the coach makes you play too many minutes without much of a support.
    As an organization I would look at the long term sustainability as well as the instant gratification. The Lakers can’t go through a long term of rebuilding but it can’t make errors like Dwight Howard because this just automatically extends the period between Championships. LA last saw a championship in 2010 but we should not wait until the next decade to see another one, however it may take that long.

    • Redemption Rain

      You make so much sense, can’t disagree. Its going to be a small window for Lebron and Melo to win rings with Kobe. They would have to get a ring within their first two seasons, because in a couple of years they might not be the same, I mean look at D-Wade LOL. Younger then Kobe and is slowly diminishing.

      • LakersOverEverything

        A 4-5 year window with lebron or melo is still better than an 8 year window with the B guys available. There’s just not much of a realistic chance of winning with the guys out there.

        Then there’s the kobe factor. I could MAYBE go your way if kobe wasn’t around, but he’s still here and only has a couple years left, you try to hit that home run.

        • Redemption Rain

          Nope your missing out the big picture. You continue to look for stars (especially stars younger then James and Melo), while you have a solid team build already. Lakers don’t have a team, they got 5 players right now. 2 of those players are aging stars, 2 rookies from college, and 1 D-League player.

          Lets say this season instead of Lebron and Melo, we got two from this list: Thomas, Lance, Parson, Ariza, and Monroe. You get those players and convice Love, Durant, or Davis to come you got a playoff team, after Kobe’s contract is up, and you sign another star you get a championship contending team. Adding in good peaces from the bench like Young and Bazemore, you are good to go.

          Big 3s are overrated these days, they eat up your salary cap and your force to sign scrubs to fill up your roster. Sign one or 2 superstars MAX and fill the 3 other starting positions with role players and having a solid bench that can contribute, maybe with a 6th man. You will win a ring.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Because we rather win one or 2 rings with a great player than grab a few average/above average guys and get knocked out in the first or second roubd

    • The_Sports_Dude

      Shaq’s decline was largely due to the physical beating he endured his entire career. I wouldn’t use Shaq for a LeBron or Carmelo comp.

      I understand your desire to build a team like the Spurs, but they’re unique. Duncan was a #1 overall pick the one year the Spurs were in the lottery. They drafted two future hall of famers in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the 2nd round. Kawhi Leonard, the player whose transcendence has become the Spurs 3rd generational star, was acquired in a shrewd draft day trade. The Spurs can be a model, but it’s a model that requires a lot of time to build.

  • BrownMamba24

    If bosh leaves I just can’t imagine melo would head down there. If Lebron wants a max and if melo wants one too or close to one. And they keep wade cause wade isn’t leaving south beach. Then what you have is a big 3 but with Norris cole as the pg and mcroberts at center and little to no cap room. Still probably will go to finals but I can’t imagine he wants that. And ik we don’t have anyone but as soon as melo agrees to us. Then every FA available will want to come. It’s just a matter of if he chooses the lakers

  • LakersHeatBeef

    That’s cool that Magic Johnson talked to Carmelo Anthony via telephone.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    In Mitch we trust.

  • fuck nash man

    Well, the longer this drags out means the Lakers and the Knicks may be out of it.

  • fuck nash man

    There is no way Melo and Bron can make max salary with Wade on team. Unless Wade is willing to make $10m a year or less.

    Kind of stupid to opt out $44m (2 years) to re-sign for $40m or less for 4 years.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Thank you

    • RealisticLakerFan

      Are you sure? From what I had read you can still use the MLE and there are different types of it… non tax payer and tax payer regardless of what you do with bird rights… but once you use the MLE you cannot use any of the other exceptions. Furthermore if you use the room level exception it hard caps you and you can’t even sign players to minimum contracts to go over the cap

  • Truth B Told

    Lakers need to start on plan B…..They just might lose out on some more FA’S …….Melo and Bron is loving the Media attention…If the Lakers start making some moves that’ll kill some of that Media attention.

  • fuzzy bunny

    Lakers need a reality check.

  • mamba

    Lakers arent getting melo. Ok. I said it. He is going to new york.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      If New York was his first choice, he would have already announced it. I predict LeBron will meet with Riley, then announce he is staying in Miami tomorrow. Then Melo will commit to the Lakers.

      • Badazztj12

        I hate espn. They have Melo thinking like he can go to Miami but he cant because two big max deals cant do shit for them

    • BrownMamba24

      As josh said. Why wouldn’t he have already decided? Can’t you be a real fan and just hope for the best for the lakers. Stop being such a Debbie downer bro. In Mitch we trust!

  • Edy

    F**k this !melo and lebron can both kiss my ass if they don’t want to join the lakers , it’s quite obvious that we don’t have time for there games

  • RJ

    LeBron,Carmelo

  • Spade

    So Melo and LeBron are trying to finagle their way into max money and playing together?

  • Kenny

    Their is a 99.9% chance LeBron James & Carmelo Anthony sign with Lakers.

    • Spade

      Who did you hear that from?

      • iEATcelticBabies

        God !

        • Spade

          I was hoping you’d say “the streets”. Lol Dj Khaled.

        • Giveit2meagain!!!

          LeBron didn’t say that.

          • iEATcelticBabies

            oooooh… fanboy !!!, that’s so glee !

  • Frank

    The NBA can’t announce deals officially until July 10 look to see a Julius Randle,Steve Nash,Robert Sacre plus a draft pick heading to a team with cap space as a salary dump and Lakers will clear $13,,500.000 by doing that trade.Then look for LeBron James to sign a deal with the Lakers afterwards and also Carmelo Anthony will sign with the Lakers.That’s why Julius Randle has not been signed by the Lakers since it takes 90 days minimum to trade a signed rookie.Mitch is keeping this all hush hush quiet since he has his reasons to be low key and moves in silence but makes huge moves.

    • Brandon A. Benitez

      So let me get this straight, you want to trade away one of the most NBA ready rookies out of his draft class who’s contract only would cost 2.5 million just so you can clear up the high amount of cap space that we ALREADY have??? I swear the people that want to see Julius Randle gone are completly checked out in the head we haven’t even seen him play yet and people already want him gone. Unbelievable

      • RealisticLakerFan

        So let me get THIS straight… you wouldn’t trade Randle to get lebron?

        Not saying the scenario would happen either way but I would trade the entire team if it meant we would have lebron kobe and melo… Pau would sign for the MLE. Then sooo many players would be willing to sign for the minimum… once you have them you can use forms of the birds rights to keep them… would be genius… yet highly unlikely to happen

        • Brandon A. Benitez

          How would a mere 2.5 million effect whether we could get LeBron or not? I’m trying to think a better way to word this but are you really telling me that you wouldn’t want to have the first Laker-drafted product that has an unbeliveably high ceiling? We haven’t had a potential star like this since Kobe came into the the league. Why throw away someone who can contribute to the Lakers for the next decade. This guy WANTS to be a Laker and already has a chip on his shoulder so he wants to prove that he deserved to be picked higher than he was. We have a gem in this guy and I don’t know why we would trade that away for a guy who let’s be honest even if he does come here (LeBron) he would definitely leave us just like he left his two other teams

          • RealisticLakerFan

            He’s talking about 13 mil in the OP. And I’d take proven talent over prospect any day. Especially when it’s the best player in the league.

            Still not saying he would come.

          • Brandon A. Benitez

            Yeah I’m not sure if LeBron’s coming either he seems set to make a return to the Cavs but let’s put it this way. If we all had the “proven player over prospect” mentality we would be bound to regret losing a player like Randle. I hate comparing these two situations cuz I’m no way saying they’ll have the same success but Kobe was a prospect when he came in and what did the hornets do? They exercised that same mentality you have and traded him. Randle only like three weeks in to being a Laker and he’s reportedly to already have improved on his jumpshot. He’s more athletic than when Randolph had come into the league and who knows with the proper coaching he could prove to be far greater than the already good Zach Randolph. You know what I mean?

          • RealisticLakerFan

            Yea I absolutely see what your saying and I agree that Randle is going to be great.

            If we were talking about clearing cap space to get Bosh or Wade I’d say hell no.. but we talking about one of the greatest to play the game. . Right up there with kobe and my

            To be honest I probably wouldn’t clear the room to even get melo because Randle might end up being better than him too

          • Brandon A. Benitez

            Researched it and found out even if we signed Melo and LeBron we could still sign randle using the rookie exception in the CBA
            Scenario solved :)

          • RealisticLakerFan

            Yoooo that would be NASTY

  • Zen master

    I can’t believe that there is some “experts” that keep saying that Kobe & Melo can’t play together and that they both need to ball to be efficient ! I mean this is crazy just look at the way Melo played at the Olympics,he was basically catch and shoot player,his off ball game is very underrated and so is Kobe,they may thrive at Iso but they can also adjust and thrive without having the ball in their hands. Both Kobe and Melo are very underrated as passers,if needed they can facilitate the offense. Melo is still in his prime and adding him is going to be great move,because like i said earlier he has at least another 5 years at high level,he is not a player who relies on athleticism,he is all about fundamentals so he can continue doing what he was doing this season for the next 5 years. And not to mention that he has improved defensively and is probably the best rebounding SF in the game. Add Pau to this 2 and you get a very good basketball team. Adding Melo would be a great move,without a doubt and him and Kobe can play together and be efficient at the same time.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Carmelo Anthony you’re not a Lebron caliber player, you’re not a champion. So if I were you, you better sign right now to whatever team you want because the longer it takes the more people will hate you imagine the whole city of L.A and Chicago booing you on and off the court that’s gonna be harsh man. Fans don’t respect players that don’t respect them, stop this nonsense and holdup just sign.

    • iEATcelticBabies

      Joker said you swallow…. i believe him, you bitch alot. !

  • Qing Zhang

    I just want to say that if the Lakers didn’t show Anthony their winning plans, Anthony will never put lakers into consideration. If the lakers are as bad as most of you believe, they wouldn’t even score a meeting with him. Yes they had a bad season which granted them a chance to get better, yes they don’t have a team and coach right now, but what makes that a reason for them to suck while they are trying to put a team together and hire a coach? Wait and see.

  • RealisticLakerFan

    Unless that guy in Miami comes to the lakers he will forever be LeQueen Flames in my book

  • Deone

    It’s becoming more clear that Melo wants to stay in NY…
    1) Trying to recruit Pau to Ny
    2) Phil trying to clear cap room for Lebron in NY
    3) Waiting out in hopes that things get better in NY roster wise.
    Or he’s hoping that Bosh will leave so he can go to Miami. Either way these two are holding the NBA Free Agency hostage… C’mon Lakers.

    • RealisticLakerFan

      I just read about Phil trying to unload amare to the 76ers… this is why we should have hired Phil when we had the chance

      Also read about possibly dumping bargnani and Tim Hardaway somewhere… probably more likely

      • Deone

        Right…I think it’s going to be hard for NY to trade Amare without giving up either Hardaway or Shumpert same goes for Bargnani there going to have to give up both I would think…also who do the 76ers really want to help either NY or Huston.

  • big fields 916

    What is wrong with people? It is proving fact the Lakers don’t care about cap space… We are a franchise that loves to win so it is time for them to show that we are going to win or maybe time to sell to magic Johnson. It is proven he is not afraid to spend money to win.(Dodgers).

  • iEATcelticBabies

    jesus has his jerry west jersey on and he’s crossing his fingers.. !!! c’mon jesus, just blink your eyes. !!

  • Gekko

    All of this talk about Melo going to Miami is not going to happen. Lebron wants a center and a point guard. If you get rid of Bosh, then the hole at Center is even bigger. Who are you going to put in there? Keep in mind, you just signed Melo and Lebron to Max contracts. Plus Wade is going to want his money. I think this is a tug of war between the knicks and the Lakers. I doubt Melo is looking at the Bulls or any other team very serious. I also think the Lakers are going to win out on Melo. His wife is a “Budding Actress”? I personally never heard of her, but she is going to want to be in LA if that is true. I don’t care if any of you idiots laugh at this, but it is true: wives make the decisions in the household. I read some place a movie producer was at the Lakers meeting. He was there to talk about doing a “Documentary” on Melo. You can’t do a “Documentary” on Melo without getting his wife on camera. I HAVE NO IDEA IF A MOVIE PRODUCER WAS REALLY IN THE MEETING OR IF IT WAS BS JOURNALISM. What I do know is that every argument I hear about him going to LA or staying in NY is 100% basketball related. I know you guys want to talk about the basketball logic of his choice, but the guy is married and she is going to be in his ear with Kobe, Magic, and Mitch. I can hear her already… “I know it is another 30 million, but the accountant says it is really only about 17 million after taxes and Kobe said you can get a player option for the last year and sign another big contract and easily make that up. Plus, you know how much the kids and I love living in LA during the off season. And by the way, this move to LA would really help my career too. Do me a favor and just think about it, oh and by the way, I made your favorite dinner.” Melo is coming to LA!

  • Jj

    Come on melo! L.a is ready for you!

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  • Sylvia Ross

    Now all of a sudden Magic is being called upon to help recruit Carmelo. I can remember when a lot of you were saying he wasn’t a good Laker because he was offering his advise on pringles. Magic, thanks for everything you’ve done and said. Magic, is a true Laker and one of the best players on the planet. Love you Magic, and thanks for everything.

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