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Lakers Pitch Carmelo Anthony With ‘Hollywood’ Presentation From Joel Silver

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Carmelo Anthony made his final stop on his free agent tour on Thursday by visiting the Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo.

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In an effort to land Carmelo in free agency, the Lakers went all out on in their sales pitch by bringing in “The Matrix” producer Joel Silver for a video presentation, according to ESPN’s Mike Bresnahan:

Carmelo met with the Lakers brass for two and half hours on Thursday with Mitch Kupchak and company attempting to convince the superstar Los Angeles is the place to be. Kobe Bryant was unable to make the meeting with his close friend, but plans to catch up with Carmelo later tonight after the perennial All-Star meets with the New York Knicks.

Most believe that Carmelo signing with the Lakers is a long shot at best. Los Angeles has the cap space to pay the superstar more than $20 million per season, but the Knicks can top that offer while adding a fifth year that the Lakers are unable to provide.

Despite Los Angeles being a long shot to land Carmelo, the Lakers brass still brought in the 30-year-old for the Hollywood treatment. It remains to be seen if Silver’s video was enough to impress Anthony before he went to meet with Phil Jackson and company.

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Although there’s been no indication whether the Lakers improved their chances of signing Carmelo, the team appears happy with the pitch due to Anthony’s engagement, according to Bresnahan:

With the Lakers’ pitch now in the rearview, Anthony will meet with the Knicks and then Kobe later tonight. It’ll be interesting to see the results of Jackson’s meeting with the veteran forward and if Kobe can ultimately get Carmelo to lean toward signing with Los Angeles.
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  • Badazztj12

    Escorted to his car by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on the way out, Anthony stopped to say hello to reporters and signed autographs for Lakers fans but declined to comment on the meeting.

    “You know I can’t say anything right now, but I wanted to stop and say hey,” Anthony said.

    A person who was in the Lakers’ pitch said they thought it went “really well” and added, “I don’t know how big of a shot we have, but I think we have a shot.”

    Another Lakers source described Anthony as “extremely attentive” throughout the meeting.

    • Jim213

      Other sources stated that they were ‘pleased’ with their pitch. However, Melo is meeting with Phil and Fish now to try to get him to return to the Knicks. Seriously believe that if Melo returned to NY he wouldn’t have good odds of winning a title in NY. Likely taking NY 4-5 years to be one of the top 2 front runners in the East.

      The Heat are loading up their roster hard with youth and reliable vet players. Even if Wade plays or not they’ll have enough (w/Lebron) to let him to let him exhibition in the playoffs given his constant knee issues. Next season will be more hyped than the past one.

      • Badazztj12

        Damn am excited now and your right there is nothing there for Melo

        • Tyrone Von Gilyard

          Melo is basically going back to the same team in ny just with a new face with Jose Calderon at the expense of the biggest defensive force on there team.. Melo has Kobe and Gasol here.. No better big 3 then that. That’s better then the paul pierce kg ray big 3 and better then the lbj wade and bosh. ten time better then tony manu and tim.. the league scared now. I got heat fans rooting for him to go to the bulls. He come here its done.. All kobe needed was another score to take some of the load. Now he can score in spurts and facilitate.

          • Badazztj12

            yup

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      • independentbynature

        The East is much weaker,Jim.It’s a far easier path to the finals.With Miami’s implosion,it’s wide open.Next summer,the Knicks will have a ton of cap space.Phil will know what to do with it.

        • Jim213

          Phil will get the ball rolling in NY. But it’ll take 4-5 years for them to be considered true contenders in the East (top 2). By then Melo would be a few years away from calling it quits while needing more help offensively if he’s to be considered the bread and butter of the Knick’s offense in the next few years..

          Give a lot props to Pat Riley (who’s learned from the best) :(. Riley’s literally strengthening the roster with his picks ups as Ariza and Deng look to be on his radar too. IMO, they’ll be stronger on the defensive end while having enough youth to pull a trade down the road.

          Let’s not forget that one or two teams would start rising up the East too given their acquisitions of youth to help down the road (ex Wizards).

          • Zimmeredge

            riley is looking at deng in case lebron is leaving. they won’t have enough money to land deng imo. same for ariza he will likely resign for the wiz.

          • Jim213

            Possibility, but if Bosh and Wade take less and with giving Lebron the max it’s projected that they’d be somewhere in the $45-50 mil cap range. Enough to go after a defensive minded player for the starting rotation. Although Bosh wants $15+ mil which he may likely get but Wade will likely take less given his impact in the team isn’t as strong as before (knee issues).

          • independentbynature

            I’m thinking more like 2 yrs,Jim.Once Amare and Bargnani are gone,Phil will jump on it.He’s already vastly improved them in the trade/robbery with Dallas,getting rid of 2 players Melo did not like.Calderon is a very under-rated PG.Wade is not a big 3 any longer and I’ve never been all that impressed by Bosh.They are going down without getting new blood.Just wait and see.LeBron knows it.Phil will work his Zen magic.

          • Jim213

            Possible but I’m thinking 4+ yrs @ most (to possible contend for title’s on a yearly basis). Let’s say the Knicks manage to land K Love… given their playoff inexperience it’ll take a year or two to reach that top level of play that’s shown by the top contenders in the playoffs to say they’d be on the running every year after IMO. Yes, Phil will work his magic but it won’t happen overnight.

          • independentbynature

            It happened over night when the Lakers got Pau.And who was there with the Zen vibrations?The Zen master was.He will be the master behind Fish.I just see it happening.We’ll see,I guess.

          • Jim213

            Yeah, but the Lakers were in a better position then as opposed to the Knicks who don’t have any playoff experience while Kobe had 3 rings.

            However, if Phil was coaching it’d be possible and given Fish’s inexperience it’ll take him a few years tho he’ll show his value in the end. Time will tell yes.

          • independentbynature

            The Knicks were a good team just 2 yrs. ago.We both know who the real coach will be.At least in the beginning.I expect Rambis to be there,too.I think Fish will do well.Certainly better than Kidd.Like you said,time will tell.I guess what matters now is what does Melo think.Who will he trust?Phil will work his Jedi mind tricks on him.LOL.

          • Jim213

            Phil’s also stated that he’ll let Fish do his thing as coach but he’d have some say tho not entirely. But IMO, if melo wants to stay in NY good for him tho don’t expect to contend off the bat or in 2-3 years IMO. Don’t even think the Bulls will have enough to contend with melo given Riley’s in upgrade mode.

            At least Lakers gave him a #7 jersey and pitched the overall brand’s business potential. Still believe the lakers have a good shot but with Phil meeting with him today too they have their own pitch in mind. Although, Jim Dolan didn’t attend from what has been mentioned.

          • independentbynature

            Dolan not there is a good thing for them.LOL.We’ll see.Still,I don’t see Miami as invincible any longer.Getting a few more old guys to plug holes won’t change that.

          • Jim213

            Yes but they’ll be around just as they have for the past 3-4 years. Riley did a good job of acquiring future talent also so not counting those players out too.

        • J Taylor

          The “East is Weaker” argument kinda stops as soon as it starts…. What good is making the finals and LOSING to a team from the West?

      • Zimmeredge

        and they expect another lockout by 2017.

        • Jim213

          Yes, given the increased TV revenue that’s flowing in the NBPA looks to getting ready to opt out of the CBA while telling their players to spread their salary to accommodate the 2017 season.

  • Badazztj12

    Will Melo join the Lakers? Will Kobe come back 100% healthy? Is a new big 3 being born in LA? Do light skin girls ever text back? Find out on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z

    • Jay Silva

      Hahahahahaha. Ma nigga.

    • Eazy

      +1 LOL

    • iDontCare

      Comment of the year!

    • lakers_824

      lool i just saw this as the top comment on the espn article about melo

    • TheTruthKills

      Now if the Lakers put that in their video it would have been epic.

  • Jason Smith

    what I don’t understand is!!!! why aren’t the Lakers signing others players instead of waiting around on Melo or LBJ??? The could have signed Isaiah Thomas and bazemore, X, and Nick Young… and try to go after Monroe Just in case Pau Gasol leave.. I’m smdh that Mitch and Jim Buss!!!! I just believe Jim Buss want to follow what his Father built in LA Lakers!!! it just looks like he’s only in it for the money! and doing just enough to keep fans in seats but not to win rings/championships

    • WAYNER

      Because the money they give Melo they will take the remainder of the money to sign other players knowing that players are ready to jump at a team with Melo- Kobe- Randle and take less, same reason why they haven’t gotten a coach because coaches will love to coach that combo Lakers are on a beautiful track right now.

    • Zimmeredge

      because other players WON’T sign until melo, lbj and co have made their choice!!! it’s not that hard to understand isn’t?
      if they do so they will overpay them. mitch has given a lot of phone calls just in case…
      and some of these players might come in and play for less if they have melo in.

      • Badazztj12

        This is what I been saying to everyone. Haven’t seen anyone agree to a deal by anyone the whole day. The ones that already agreed to a deal wasn’t leaving there teams or were trying to find more money

        • Zimmeredge

          it has been 3 days that i’m in a loophole repeating the same stuff day in day out. agents, teams, gms, players they won’t move until the big moves are done. plain and simple it’s a business.

      • J Taylor

        AND, because NO PLAYER can sign until July 10. So until that date, guys can make handshake agreements, but nothing matters until NEXT Thursday.

    • Kyle

      They are trying to preserve cap space for Carmelo and or LeBron.Not trying to tie up cap space with B-List players.It’s the way they do things.Not that i agree or disagree with them.

  • Jason Smith

    And hiring Byron Scott over Lionel Hollins wa the first sign of past mistakes, Byron Scott isn’t going to take the team nowhere but down down down

    • keenanjen

      How do you know? 2 NBA finals don’t forget

    • independentbynature

      We’re already at the bottom.There’s nowhere to go but up.Byron took over bad teams in Jersey and New Orleans and made them into winners.He can do it for us.

      • Badazztj12

        I am just hoping for that low post offense. I love that for what the roster we have right now

        • independentbynature

          Me,too.But we need some more bigs to get it done.

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

        He turned them into winners for a season or two before the ship sank. He’s the best of what’s left, it seems, but I was hoping for a coach who showed an ability to develop over the long term.

        • keenanjen

          New Orleans Fired Byron after 9 games, never gave him a chance to turn things around. They jumped the gun on that one. Byron developed CP3 into a great PG, also look at how he developed David West has well. Byron can Develop players.

          • independentbynature

            Look what happened to them after Byron left.They went right back to the cellar.If it was Byron’s fault,why didn’t they win with the next coach?

      • J Taylor

        Just so you know, Byron had a great assistant coaching staff. Byron was — in essence — the CEO and ran the team, but the assistants did the heavy lifting.

    • Luis

      Byron Scott is one of the best at rebuilding a bad team.We are at the bottom and he can help the team rebuild pretty fast he did it in New Jersey and NO.Perfect for a quick rebuild as we need to get much better fast.

    • DKWTTY

      They waited because apart of the pitch was offering Melo the option of picking which coach he wants.

      • J Taylor

        Kinda…
        I look at it from the other side of the coin…
        The team didn’t want to pick a coach that Melo or Lebron wouldn’t play for. I’m not sure it’s about giving them the option of selecting as much as it’s about not closing doors.

        • DKWTTY

          I see it that way because it’s another incentive the Knicks, Bulls and Rockets can’t offer although Melo is a fan of Thibodeau but what you said is true too.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Carmelo Anthony is a great scorer and decent rebounder i will take the defense he plays since his offense is legendary.Yes wants to win some championship which is great news for me.Yes please sign with us.:-)Go Lakers ya ya.

  • 3339

    hearing that Melo wants to talk to Pau about playing in NY.
    That would be a huge bummer for LA if Melo and Pau go to NY to play for a man we should have hired back in 2012 and gets coached by D.Fish to top it off.
    hoping it works out best for our Lakers but I get a feeling that Melo is going back to NY.

    • Kevin

      Well of the fool his recruiting our free agent Pau to play for NY then yes he is going back and trying to take a seven footer back with him.Lakers are in deep shit under these circumstances if these rumors are true.Or his ass can come and sign here in LA with the Lakers and we can re-sign Pau Gasol and Kobe will be healthy and playing with them along with big rookie we drafted from Kentucky Julius Randle.

    • Swaggy C

      Melo can try but I don’t see his leverage. The only leverage I see from NY is PJ and Fish. Pau must realize that he is leaving a guy whose vouched and basically kept him for this long with the lakers in Kobe Bryant. If Pau has wanted to play with his Spanish teammates, he would of done so long time ago with Rubio, Calderon, and Marc, but he’s still felt the need to stay because of Kobe. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kobe makes his own pitch to both Pau and Melo tonight!

      • Kevin

        Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA 1m
        Yahoo Sources: As Carmelo Anthony completes recruiting visits, he wants to make pitch to Pau Gasol on New York.

        • 3339

          More I think about it, maybe Pau can recruit Melo to LA when they talk.

          • Kevin

            Ya i dunno mayne.

        • Zimmeredge

          i wonder how melo can pitch gasol to nyc if he is being seduced by other teams right now. maybe it’s other way around because gasol wanna remain a laker. and because the knicks can’t afford gasol.

          • Kevin

            Well i remember when LeBron James was a free agent he tried last ditch effort to recruit Chris Bosh to play in Cleveland and Bosh was said Hell No so they both decided to join Dwayne Wade in Miami instead.Maybe Carmelo will join Pau Gasol in Los Angeles to play basketball with Kobe his friend here in LA.

          • Zimmeredge

            the two situations are different. Miam had enough cap space to acquire bosh and bron and they worked on those moves the whole year, players texted each other, riley was teasing them all season off court and off camera. they were in the same draft class, they kneew each other very well and they had a common interest playing together
            but first and foremost as i said the main reason was: cap space! new york does not have the cap space if they sign melo.

          • Kevin

            The idea is the Lakers want Carmelo and he was at a meeting to possibly play for the Lakers not to recruit Gasol to New York this is just weird.

          • Zimmeredge

            the whole thing is made by journalists.

          • Kevin

            Ya they are retards.

          • WAYNER

            Exactly Gasol already said he would come bck to Lakers and play if they got Anthony and Anthony if im not mistaken said the same about Gasol i mean seriously you go to New York with just Gasol or you go to a bigger market with 16 championships Kobe Bryant , Julius Randle and both Gasol n Anthony are both close to Kobe.

      • 3339

        I really think it all depends on Kobe. Kobe is great friends with Melo and he has always stood up for Pau even though we tried to trade him like every day.
        thing thats frustrating now is that if PJ was working for us in some capacity, Melo is already here imo. Shit, even more big time players would be here.
        players aren’t exactly in line to play for Jim Buss.

    • guy

      that’s a BS story don’t believe it, makes no sense.

      • Chrmngblly

        What is the BS part? In any world you could imagine, there is no doubt that any sane person would prefer to go into battle with Phil over Jimbo. Come on, Give me a break.

    • independentbynature

      I heard that,too.Phil and Pau’s buddy Calderon will be in his ear,too.I’m sure Melo heard that Pau would stay with the Lakers if he signed,too.

    • J Taylor

      Pau is too smart to go to NYC when the Thunder, Heat, Spurs, and Bulls have inquired about his services.
      Pau want’s another ring more than he wants to play kumbaya with Phil.

  • Andy L

    A video??? Geez. How old do they think Melo is, 12? I hope Kobe can give him a more mature pitch.

    • Badazztj12

      Worked on Lance. He just want more money

    • LAK3R4LIF3

      A video of Melo as the Matrix.
      Kobe & Melo partying tonight at Newport Beach….go get ‘em Kobe.

  • WAYNER

    Incase you guys don’t know who Joel Silver his track record shows Lakers went all out on this one. He produced movies like

    Commando, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard & The Matrix

    • TheTruthKills

      Going all out would mean laying out an achievable plan to compete immediately upon Melo’s signing. The video was just added bells and whistles.

      • Big Man

        ESPN LA Writer latest tweets about today.We are screwed.

        Lakers made a film and rolled out TWC & AEG execs for Dwight Howard too. Carmelo’s decision, like Dwight’s, will come down to basketball.
        In 2014 you can grow your brand anywhere with any team as long as you win titles. That’s the most important international currency.

        • TheTruthKills

          Preach

        • 3339

          I have a really bad feeling that through the whole presentation melo was thinking
          they desperately need me and I don’t need them

          • Badazztj12

            Thinking like that wont get us no were

          • Big Man

            Ya the plan is for The Lakers to reload but IDK.

          • Zimmeredge

            do you think that mitch is an amateur turd when it comes to basketball pitching and decision? haha it seems that what they’ve done in two hours is to show him a movie and… that’s it. they give him a taste, a glimpse of what he could access with the lakers.
            the main talk was of course about basketball.

          • 3339

            I hope they know what they’re doing but after 2 really bad coaching moves, the way they handled the Howard situation, I just not as confident in them as I was when Dr. Buss was around.

          • Zimmeredge

            d’antoni was dr buss’ choice…

          • Chrmngblly

            That is surely what the Buss family wants us to believe.

            Read this, Zimm:

            http://thedailysportsheralddotblogspotdotcom/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakersdothtml

            Change the [dot]s to periods, you know.

            Tell me what you think.

          • Badazztj12

            The reason we haven’t signed a coach this time is because Lakers want Melo to give his opinion on who to get.

          • 3339

            that makes me worry more that Melo was thinking he doesn’t need us as much as we need him.
            huge reason they’re doing that is because they realize that dwight walked b/c of dantoni.

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly, so we don’t want to hire a coach Melo don’t like

          • Chrmngblly

            Do you know how WEAK that makes us look? Now, Hollins is gone, too. I guess we have to take Byron Scott–it’s like kissing your sister, if you ask me. He must feel like the bottom of the barrel–which he is, I guess.

        • LAstory

          Though you are right on the money especially internationally, Kyrie, Derek Rose, Lillard who recently sign a 100 million dollar shoe deal and campaign it shows you can grow you brand anywhere but no have titles… Kobe seeing Melo AFTER the Knicks is interesting… Joel Silver is a good touch, especially with LaLa doing films.. and Dwight wanted the Lakers to amnesty Kobe, he never wanted to be in LA.

          • Big Man

            It was the heavy set dude tweeting that stuff.

            Arash Markazi ‏@ArashMarkazi
            Lakers made a film and rolled out TWC & AEG execs for Dwight Howard too. Carmelo’s decision, like Dwight’s, will come down to basketball.

            Arash Markazi ‏@ArashMarkazi
            In 2014 you can grow your brand anywhere with any team as long as you win titles. That’s the most important international currency.

          • Big Man

            Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne · 7m
            Kobe & Melo have been in contact for weeks. He reached to let Melo know scheduling change would keep him from mtg. They’ll meet tonight tho

          • WAYNER

            GOOD THINKING

  • TheTruthKills

    Hopefully the talk about basketball and improving the team was as impressive as the video.

    • Badazztj12

      Reports say Melo was very interested of what we had to say. He said to reporters that “You know I can’t say anything right now” when they asked him how it went. Sounds like Mitch and Jim did a good job

    • Big Man

      All players care about is winning on the court,video is nice but not wins on the court and money is great but not wins on the court.

  • Daniel

    I am really confused, and actually makes me sad, how the Lakers are approaching the whole thing. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A 30 YEARS OLD GUY THAT PLAYS NO DEFENSE. Are the Lakers thinking they can go for a championship? is not going to happen for at least 2-3 years, and then, even if Carmelo plays well he is going to be 32-33. What kind of deal are we going to give him, 5 years? do you think he will actually play well when he is 35? PLEASE, FORGET ABOUT THESE DIVAS AND GET GOOD AND YOUNG, EVEN IF TAKES LONGER. Kobe wants another ring? he should have though about rejecting the 23 million and request a 10 million contract, plain simple. The guy is making 50 million a year in endorsement for god sake.

    • Zimmeredge

      plays no defense? yet he made it through the conference finals? it seems complicated to go througt the po without playing defense.

      • Daniel

        He is not the end of the world, there are plenty of players with much younger and higher potential than him in the NBA at much lesser price. You are going to commit to 90 million for 5 years to a guy that will perform well, at most a couple of years. Then, what? besides he is not a game changer.

        • Zimmeredge

          not a game changer but a franchise changer. this guy will call other man.
          do you remember the post magic era and we struggled because we couldn’t find a face to replace magic? if we can’t replace kobe then we are almost done mid term.
          kobe’s gone in 2 years. don’t expect durant or someone else to come in if there isn’t a “brand name” to attract him and make him believe he can win.

          • kookiebuger

            Why would Durant join Melo in LA? That doesn’t make much sense and their is no guarantee another star player will want to play with Melo when he is the franchise player at 33-34 years old. The Lakers build dynastys not 2-3 year title shots. Most of the Lakers success comes from the draft (Magic,Baylor,Mikan,West,Worthy) and trade (Kobe,Wilt,Kareem,Pau). The best thing this franchise can do right now is rebuild instead of trying to be impatient and get a 30 year old Melo who will have a good year or two with the franchise max and hope he can attract another star player (the teams current situation).

          • Zimmeredge

            i didn’t say that we will go after durant after kobe’s gone. i was just throwing a name as an exemple
            at what age we get jabbar? we always build around a superstar and a young stud.

          • Badazztj12

            I like Davis from the Pelicans I don’t believe they will get far lol

          • Zimmeredge

            anthony davis won’t leave the pelicans they will keep their money and give him a great contract.

          • kookiebuger

            Kareem lead the league in points, rebounds, and minutes played a game he was also a 28 years old 7 foot tall center.

      • LakersOverEverything

        I’ve been trying to tell people the same things. The “can’t play defense”, and “is not a winner” arguments are beyond tired.

    • independentbynature

      Don’t worry,Daniel,he’s not coming.Word is he’s already been pitching Pau to come play with him in NY.

      • Badazztj12

        Reports say Melo was very interested of what we had to say. He said to reporters that “You know I can’t say anything right now” when they asked him how it went. Sounds like Mitch and Jim did a good job

        • independentbynature

          We’ll see.I’ll believe it when I see it.I’ll be glad when all this delusional groveling for Melo and LeBron is over.”Come to LA and you can pick our coach for us.”Where’s their pride.It’s like saying you know better about coaching than we do,even though it’s our job to know.

          • Chrmngblly

            It just looks like we don’t have our sh*t together—and we don’t. Imagine that.

      • Zimmeredge

        i wonder how this is possible? explain me how the knicks will land pau when they don’t have money to spend after resigning melo for a max contract.

        • Badazztj12

          That’s true but word was already out that Phil will only offer Pau 5 mil lol That’s funny because Pau is look for 10-12 mil

          • Zimmeredge

            phil jackson can offer 5 millions to pau only if melo is not heading back to new york. in fact they are already above the 62 millions salary cap. above the cap it’s vet contract and mle exceptions… they already used mle exception on prigioni.

          • independentbynature

            He’s good friends with Calderon,too.They’re trying,though.

        • independentbynature

          They have the tax payers exception of about 3 1/2 million.You sure don’t know much about league rules.I read your earlier post where you didn’t even know that only the home team can offer a 5 yr. contract.Don’t you do your homework before you make a comment?

          • Zimmeredge

            i do know that sorry, again you have the wrong person….
            woaaaaw they have the tax payers exceptions 3,5m a year… omg pau gasol will accept to play for that? are you being honest when you say this is happening. i hope you do not believe in your crap.
            they are already above the cap… if they max melo they will be paying 95m, multiple offenders and of course a dollar for 1,5 dollar sanction. yeah yeah they will get pau gasol you are real man.

          • independentbynature

            No it was you.And it’s your crap I don’t believe in.

          • Zimmeredge

            honestly fans like you with no optimism make me sick. non believers are worst than bandwagoners. you don’t believe that your team can win. are you too old for that shit or what?
            be real man… they are no quality players out there that have the skills of pau how in hell could he play for a team that is meant to suck for the next two seasons and can’t afford him…. gasol has a proposal from the spurs that is almost what the knicks can offer him and they have a better chance at winning. don’t mention okc…

          • independentbynature

            Honestly,delusional,low information wanna be fans like you make me sick.You are the reason everyone laughs at the “delusional Faker fans.”You don’t know a damn thing about basketball or the NBA.You just “Fake” it.

          • keenanjen

            Zimm is right. Pau is not going to NY when you have the Spurs and OKC calling. Heck even the Bulls have s better roster then NY. It’s been reported that he wants between 10-12 mill, and if he does take less it won’t be with the Knicks it will be will someone he can win with.

          • Zimmeredge

            yeah yeah yea of course. i do not know anything blah blah… keep quoting fields or dream that suits best.

          • independentbynature

            You sure don’t know anything and the more you comment,the less you seem to know.

          • Zimmeredge

            go take your crazy pills man. give yourself a break your heart won’t bear it.

          • keenanjen

            lol

          • LakersOverEverything

            I’ve argued with this guy before, so let me advise you not to argue with him. The guy is an absolute idiot, who acts as if he’s some nba knowledge god.

          • independentbynature

            Compared to you two,I am.Still thjink Melo is coming,you delusional moron?

      • LakersOverEverything

        He’s really just meeting with pau (along with kobe later) to discuss their big 3. Wouldn’t that be sweet? Lol

    • LAK3R4LIF3

      What’s so confusing? Melo is a Marquee player! and anytime you get a chance to get one….you do it coz there ain’t that many.

      • Redemption Rain

        You’re not a very smart sports fan if you think that way, Look at the Miami Big 3 vs the Spurs. Notice I did not say the Miami Heat, I just said Miami Big 3. Build a talented team and stop wasting money.

        • LAK3R4LIF3

          You’re not a realistic sports fan if you think that way.
          Miami Big 3 = a collection of marquee player
          Spurs 3 = They were all drafted by the Spurs that became Big.
          You can’t win in this league without a marquee player.
          And you can’t build a talented team without spending money.

          • Zimmeredge

            spurs’s big three and miami big three and c’s big three were very well payed.

          • Redemption Rain

            Don’t even compare Manu and Tony as big of a superstar compared to Bosh and Wade. Spurs won with a better team, not the better star.

          • Zimmeredge

            you mean in 03, 05 and 07 those guys weren’t stars?

          • Redemption Rain

            I’m talking about NOW, their production has went down and they are not getting paid super star money. Yet they shtill continue to win because they have a young core of reliable teammates. I’m trying to emphasize that having reliable teammates is IMPORTANT then having 2 to 3 superstars surrounded by D-League scrubs who can’t play ball. Kobe is going to get piss off at them, and Melo (if we sign him) would be asking “WTF am I doing here”

          • Zimmeredge

            the spurs are better at developping players. look where they got parker, splitter, ginobili, diaw, mills, leonard, green. all those guys were at the bottom of the league, of the draft, players nobody trusted. they were foreigners (most of them), they were not expected to play at that level. but the spurs scouted them, they keep all their picks even their deep 2nd rounder and choose players based on other values that most of the team in the nba are looking for or at. they don’t care about athleticism, they don’t care about physical attributes. to them kyle anderson should have been number one in the draft. the guy is slow, he is not that powerful but he’s got skills and he is a team player. they have one of the five best coachs in the history of the league in popovich. they don’t have money they think smart.
            what they have achieved demands patience. perseverance, belief, trust, effort, work ethic, respect, sacrifice… and TIME. i’m european and i know my ground on this one. they were the first to get interested in overseas players that much. to accomplish what they have done… 15 years!!!

          • Redemption Rain

            Agreed, not to mention everyone complies and fallows Popovich’s orders. The system of the Spurs is also what makes them winners.

          • Zimmeredge

            yes. i do love the spurs for their game. it’s a great team but it’s not our way to assemble team imo. spurs have time to build around players, let them grow etc. lakers expert titles every year. once in a while we are not winning for 5-10 years. we grew bryant and magic and west and many others and they were/are extraordinary players. i hope randle develop into such player obivously, already a big fan of him. but then again although play the spurs way is great they have time, systems, coach, front office, franchise everything is build to work within their limits.
            their is not only one way to win, if that was the case spurs should win every season but they aren’t. the heat have reached the finals 4y in a raw (yes a depleted easten conference) but they had to face the best team in the west (spurs and okc).

          • Redemption Rain

            No you’re not a realistic sports fan because you thinking throwing away money at overpriced super stars translates to wins on the court. I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE SO WRONG. Build a team FIRST, have young and reliable players that can play BOTH ends of the floor, then you sign a superstar because that superstar sees that you have a foundation set up.The Spurs just show everyone in the league that you don’t need a bunch of superstars to win.

          • LAK3R4LIF3

            Last time I checked the Spurs 3 are All stars.
            The Lakers are not going the Spurs way coz that’s a hell of a lot years to build. The Lakers like to gamble & they gamble big…..they’re loosing right now but when they win….they win BIG.

          • Redemption Rain

            But here is the difference, those All-stars are not being paid All-star money. Also their production has gone done over the years, but you want to know why the Spurs still win? Because they got younger and made smart decisions not to overpay their players, the Spurs won as a team because everyone had a job and did their job. Lakers are throwing money away for one player and have nothing left except D-League scrubs that are not reliable

          • LAK3R4LIF3

            The Spurs 3 are either old or get injured a lot….they take what they can from the Spurs because they are not a Max type players & they were paid well. Those young players are just going for the ride coz they got nothing. If I offer $20M/yr for Kwai, you think he’ll stay with the Spurs?

          • Redemption Rain

            Depends, does he value money more then wining?

          • LAK3R4LIF3

            Absolutely 99% of the time…..it’s economics, especially if you don’t have it.

          • Redemption Rain

            Sure about that? He could win championships and still make more money then any of us and enjoy a life of luxury. So NO, rings are more valuable then money if your an athlete.

    • Redemption Rain

      Thank You, you have been preaching what I have been trying to say the last 2 days since free agency started. Lakers FO and Lakers fans, why do you guys enjoy throwing away money at overpriced superstars when you can spend all that money for 2 talented young players. Is Melo that much more inticing then Thomas/Bledsoe and Lance or Ariza? Come on people, if I had to pick a player from NY it wouldn’t even be Melo it would be Tim Hardaway Jr.

      • Zimmeredge

        overpriced superstars that sells tickets, tv rights, shirts best offensive player.
        talented young players? i only see stephenson, monroe and thomas as young and talented. they expect 10m minimum… and we are not weeling to go on a spending spree because if we can’t lure a star we do not wanna hurt our cap flexibility for next summer.

        • Redemption Rain

          You want to know what sells tickets? You want to know what increases tv rating? WINING mother F**KER. More we win more championships we get ratings will go up and ticket sales goes up. If you think Melo is the answer that solves all our problems I got bad news for you. Also when Kobe’s contract is done we can go shopping for a YOUNGER superstar not named Melo, and it would be easier considering our team is more attractive with younger RELIABLE talented players. Go ahead and sign Melo, then go and sign a bunch of D-League scrubs because you can’t offer anymore contracts to better players

          • Zimmeredge

            did you call me motherf**cker?
            really? winning sells tickets and stuff? that’s crazy because we had our worst season ever and we had 100m of revenu.
            if we do not sign melo we will not sign average players for 10-12m except one.

          • independentbynature

            That revenue came from the TWC deal.Ratings were down so much,Time Warner is upset.Attendance was also down.Do you know anything at all about the Lakers?I doubt it…

          • Zimmeredge

            yes i know that thanks for the info…. good to you to educate me man. i owe you this one. really i appreciate it.

          • independentbynature

            I’m trying to educate you,but you’re stubborn.We all love the Lakers,but I want to see them get back to the top.When I see them faltering,I have to speak up.That’s what this forum is for.We do not see eye to eye on how to do that.But,we do want the same thing.

          • Zimmeredge

            i was being ironic. but at least a positive note between: we wanna see the lakers win. we just have a different point of view. and i’m really clear on this what we are doing for melo and the wage we might give him we won’t give him to average free agents. that’s my pov.

          • Redemption Rain

            So your point is to spend all of our money on one guy…….and then you expect a play-off team…..in the west…..yes I mean in the west, not the east…….ummm good luck pal.

          • Zimmeredge

            my point is what mitch has said over and over again. no spending spree this summer because they want to keep cap space and flexibility for next season.

          • kookiebuger

            As they offer Melo a max with no team support outside of Kobe and Randle.

          • Badazztj12

            U really think MITCH would offer him that offer without a plan. If this was JIm then I feel yea

          • independentbynature

            Jimmy is in charge.He’s over-ruled Mitch before.So,who knows?

          • Badazztj12

            Lets hope for the better

          • independentbynature

            I always do.LOL.

          • Zimmeredge

            the key thing is that melo ticks all the boxes in buss’ “plan” (i doubt you believe that jim has a plan hah :D) but he said 3-4 years no results? i’m out. Melo will get a four year contract? so he is putting a lot on the table with him.

          • independentbynature

            Talk is cheap.I prefer action.I’m a Clint Eastwood kinda guy.Gotta make my day.

          • independentbynature

            Forget about your Lakers are the highest bidder theory.Knicks offered 5 yr max deal,per ProBasketballTalk.Said they were offering max deal all along.

          • Zimmeredge

            I guess Jackson offering and kneeling in front of melo will hurt his stock as a president. He was hired for one thing (except building championship team) bring back melo and convince him to play for less than the Max. I guess he is failing and i guess the knicks wońt be winning anything within the next two seasons coming. Giving the Max to melo wońt help jax in the future. With almost half the cap gone he won’t be able to sign another two or three good players. Don’t you think?

          • independentbynature

            No….Next summer,Amare and Bargnani come off the books.The Knicks will still have plenty of cap room then.Dolan and the media would have gone crazy if they didn’t offer Melo the max.I really like the way Phil robbed Cuban,sending a well past his prime Chandler and a fat team cancer Felton,both players Melo didn’t like,to Dallas.They got Calderon,a very under-rated PG who will be great in the triangle,Dalembert,Ellington,Larkin and a rookie I really like in Cleanthony Early.They got better and younger and got rid of bad attitudes.Phil will get it done and Dolan will spend like he always has,just smarter.

          • Zimmeredge

            Smarter? I guess that’s not How i would describe dolan pale.
            I mean they have those guys plus melo at almost 25. It’s almost already 35 or 40 millions. It´s gonna be hard. I tell you. And team will need Time to gel.

          • independentbynature

            Dolan is not calling the shots the way Jimmy is for us.Yes,smarter….PJ is way smarter than anyone in the Lakers FO.I’ve read your negative comments about PJ (Lord Phil?)and really,it makes you look petty and just not very knowledgeable.He has more rings than fingers to wear them on.Your comments on him are just silly.They have young players like Hardaway,Shumpert and now Larkin and Early,Calderon is a better PG than anyone we have and they have expiring contracts.You would rather have a gutted roster like the Lakers?We have nothing.How is Melo’s contract any different from Kobe’s.Really,you just don’t think objectively or logically.That’s why you’re just not getting what’s going on.I’m trying to school you about basketball,but you have to leave your emotional prejudices behind and just look at the facts.I told you Melo wasn’t coming.Everyone but the koolaid drinkers on this site knew that already.This is not rocket science,but you continue to ignore the facts.You’ll soon see that I’m right.I hope you’re not too stubborn to learn.I’ll try to be patient with you.At least I’m not calling you a MFer….LOL.

          • Redemption Rain

            Mitch is Jim’s lap dog, Jim says, and Mitch acts

          • independentbynature

            I always trusted Mitch,but I’m beginning to think that might be true.

          • kookiebuger

            He might have a plan but it doesn’t mean it will succeed especially when the team will only have 8-10 million to sign the rest of the players (7).

          • Badazztj12

            You didn’t do your math. We can go over the cap to sign Gasol, give Melo the offer, and stretch Nash and with rest of money sign bench simple

          • kookiebuger

            Kobe (23.5 million), Melo (at least 20 million), Randle (2-3 million, unsigned), Sacre (about 1 million), Clarkson (about 1 million, unsigned), and Nash (9.7 million) = 57.2 million, the maximum salary cap is 63 million so that’s even worse 6 million, before going over the luxury tax. The front office in the past said they don’t plan on using the stretch provision on Nash and I don’t see any team trading for him either.

          • Badazztj12

            That’s where you are wrong because our lux tax for the Lakers is 70 mil something. At long as you don’t over that we good. Check out Julius Randle Introduction to the Lakers. He said in there that the stretch is a option

          • Redemption Rain

            No he is right, the cap is at around 66.2mill, the LUXURY THRESHOLD is at 77mill

          • Badazztj12

            Oh I thought he meant that we couldn’t sign anyone if we sign Melo

          • Redemption Rain

            Well it looks like it IS a spending spree, especially for ONE PLAYER, 95 mill 4 years? You kidding me? I would also like to question Melo’s productivity in 3 to 4 years

          • Zimmeredge

            but melo he is a superstar when you go after melo you are not going after ariza or deng or parsons the same way. that’s what i’m implying. it’s a particular spending spree because we are talking about a worldwide player.

          • Redemption Rain

            And this is why me and independent is trying to tell you STOP. We ONLY have 4 players on our god dam roster, we spend that kind of Melo and we only have 5 players, how much can we spend is left? We have to fill in 13 slots of players. You suggesting we bring back the LA Defenders to play for us? F^^K that I don’t want those scrubs on this team.

          • Zimmeredge

            that’s what you are going to have either way lol

          • Redemption Rain

            No you can sign less scrubs and replace SOME of them with guys like Ariza, Thomas, Deng, Parson, Monroe, and etc.

          • independentbynature

            We won’t even get the best of our own scrubs back.Look at Meeks…

          • Redemption Rain

            I love Meeks, we can’t let Young and Hill go. I swear if we get Johnson and Kendell back I’ll throw a brick at my TV

          • Badazztj12

            Marshall is already on the team, with that team option. Hill can be resign over the cap because of birdrights in contract

          • independentbynature

            He’s got no guarantee,though.We can cut him anytime.

          • Badazztj12

            I know but ill rather have him stay

          • independentbynature

            I’d really like to keep X and Bazemore,too.Maybe Farmar.

          • Redemption Rain

            Farmer and Bazemore. I feel X is inconsistent maybe because of injuries but he doesn’t impress me

          • independentbynature

            He’s got potential.He’s very athletic and he’s still young.He does need work,but we have time to groom him if we don’t put all our eggs in one basket.

          • Badazztj12

            I like him too but remember that Bazemore had to have surgery on his foot and we haven’t got one update it. I think that’s why lakers did pick up his option

          • independentbynature

            The Jazz are after Bazemore as we speak.

          • Badazztj12

            We just offered him 95 mil contract right now its out of our hands

          • Redemption Rain

            And hopefully Melo rejects us, he is doing us a big favor.

          • Zimmeredge

            it’s not my point, i’m just ‘almost’ quoting mitch.

          • Redemption Rain

            ok well arrive at the point, and I mean your point.

          • independentbynature

            My point of view is,build a team first.At least get a coach.The FO is going about this all wrong.I was always there in the glory days at the Forum.My UCLA friends were tight with some of the players.I know what it takes to win and I’m not seeing it.The Lakers are my sports passion and I’m upset at the mismanagement I’m seeing.You think that makes me less of a fan than you.I think it makes me more of a fan.

          • Zimmeredge

            ok i understand your point but whatever the team is doint it seems that you are being pessimistic and skeptical. that’s all. although i do not endorse all of what jim or the fo has done when they try to go somewhere i support them. i’m not being delusionnal because i know we are having a hard time for a couple of seasons and that’s why melo so much because he will make the lakers shine again imo. and players will get attracted in playing with the lakers. i do not expect fo to give 12 over 4y to deng, 12 to monroe and 12 to bledsoe that’s not gonna happen in my opinion.

          • independentbynature

            I’m being realistic.If that’s pessimism,so be it.I call it like I see it.That’s why I’m independentbynature.It’s who I am.I didn’t pick that name,it was given to me.

          • Zimmeredge

            aaaah man your one liner in the end made me laugh so hard. hahha it’s good to talk in a none aggresive way to you ;)

          • independentbynature

            I’ve been getting baraged by all the “We’re getting LeBron and Melo” fans for a week now because I’m not drinking the koolaid.I guess I’m getting edgy.I’m a mean old man sometimes.LOL.

          • Zimmeredge

            hey i never said lebron AND melo. i’m being honest, i was telling people that’s not possible.
            it seems that miami is about to implose so we might have another shot at a big player in a few days.
            sometimes only? haha

          • independentbynature

            OK,maybe most times….

          • Zimmeredge

            I’m just kidding. Have a Nice day.

          • Redemption Rain

            Pessimistic and skeptical about what? Fact is WE DON’T HAVE A ROSTER, you throw that kind of money for one player its going to kill our ability to sign quality mid-level free agents to fill up the roster. EDUCATE YOURSELF, unless you are happy with Kobe and Melo playing with 9 scrubs worst than Smush Parker

          • Badazztj12

            I think that’s why they came to the meeting

          • independentbynature

            They’re worried.They made that deal thinking Howard would stay and ratings would soar,from Winning,as Redemption stated.It’s all about winning.

          • Redemption Rain

            Look at the TV rating, your plan is going to doom us all, also let me ask you this, did our sale tickets improve from last year? If not then you know why, because WE ARE NOT WINING.

          • independentbynature

            Damn,Redemption,you are right on the money.I just said the same thing.

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL you were literally just a half a second ahead of me when I posted that.

          • independentbynature

            I had to jump on it.It was so obvious.LOL.

      • LakersOverEverything

        Yes, he really is that more enticing than those 2. If you played basketball in your life you would realize this. Tim hardaway over melo is a joke, and it throws away all your credibility

        • Redemption Rain

          No if you understand how to win especially in a CBA governed league, you would know getting younger and spending you money on 2 young talented players is better then throwing all your money on one middle-aged superstar.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Yeah, if you’re going to be patient and develop them into good players and a great team over several years. However, if you’re looking for an immediate impact stars are the way to go.
            Take for example, if lebron and melo both came to LA, that’s enough talent to bring us out of the west the next 2-4 years at LEAST. Pau coming back under bird rights so the lineup would look like
            PG lebron
            SG kobe
            SF melo
            PF randle
            C gasol
            I promise you, if anyone tells you that that is not instant finals appearances they have no knowledge of basketball, and have never been good at playing a day in their life. All that said, I don’t think they should try and recruit both.

          • Redemption Rain

            First off all you’re assuming Melo and Lebron would join, when news of Melo is trying to get Pau to play with him in NY, Lebron has been a no show and we have only spoke to his agents. Meanwhile talanted mid-level role players like Lowry are being signed away. Lakers are taking a huge gamble with Melo and Lebron for them to make up their mind when other teams are going to sign Lance, Ariza, Thomas, Deng, Monroe, and etc. Leaving us with D-League scrubs if Melo and Lebron don’t commit.

            Let’s assume LA does land Lebron and Melo. What then? Look at what the Spurs did to the Heat Big 3. Randle is still a rookie, Gasol is a decent player but way out of his prime. D-Wade is younger then Kobe and his production has fallen since his injuries. Assuming Kobe is 100% all I see is another 3 scorers where 1 does not play defense at all (Melo), another too old to play defense and has stop playing it in a while (Kobe), leaving Lebron playing defense. Not to mention signing the Melo and Lebron means we would have a bench full of D-League scrubs who are unreliable. Lebron was the best player with the most production in the finals, but he lost because his team/roster was inferior to the Spurs. You sign those two players you are not going to have a good roster except for those three, you better pray that the ‘Lakers Big 3″ don’t get injured otherwise your screw, because a D-League scrub taking their place as a starter is not going to cut it.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Looks like my long reply disappeared. Wtf. Nevermind I guess smh

  • Tony

    Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard · 20m
    Sources: Suns owner Robert Sarver was n Cleveland yesterday & met with LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul. Teaming LJ/Melo or LJ/Bosh n Phx discussed

    Now this i believe.Damn they will be great.

    • Badazztj12

      Damn Miami is in that deep sleep

    • Jim213

      Lol he isn’t going to the Nuns. Will have problems if he comes out West as it’s too competitive.

      • Tony

        Ya hot weather attracts LeBron as Miami is a swamp cooler in the summer i been there it’s a swamp cooler and Phoenix is dry heat and it’s a booming state that keeps building new stuff but i pick Los Angeles way ahead of Miami and Phoenix.Miami or Phoenix give me the beach in Miami ya.But i don’t dislike Phoenix it’s not attractive.

    • 3339

      I think Bron really wants to play with Melo. I don’t see them jumping up and down about playing in the dessert tho

      • Jim213

        Disagree, he would’ve taken advantage of FA. But seriously believe that the Knicks would contend for a title in the next few years if Melo returns to NY. Riley is building a strong roster that looks to be around for the next 4-5 years and that’s why Wade stinking given his injury.

        • Zimmeredge

          weird isn’t it? :)

  • Badazztj12

    SportsCenter ✔ @SportsCenter Follow

    THIS JUST IN: Lakers will offer Carmelo Anthony a max four-year, $95 million contract.

    • CM Punk Straight Edge

      That’s nice but will he accept is the million dollar question on LN?

      • Badazztj12

        Idk man I just found the report am doing the math right now for Gasol and the bench players

        • keenanjen

          If he signs I’m sure they will use the stretch provision on Nash. That will clear up 9 mill I believe

          • Badazztj12

            We would clear up 6 mil if we do it

          • keenanjen

            Okay It’s 9 mil if they trade him right?

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly

          • keenanjen

            Melo will sign I just think Kobe will convince him this is where you need to be. Also Melo can go out and recruit free agents. Players will take less to play with a team they know has a chance to win a Chip. Lakers also need to find a way to get Thomas as our PG. Maybe do a sign and trade with Sac town

          • Badazztj12

            Young said he is willing to take a paycut and maybe we can give farmer 1.5 mil

          • keenanjen

            Having Young off the bench would be crazy. If it’s one thing I know, the Lakers can put together a good bench. They had a top 5 bench last season before our starting five got hurt

          • Badazztj12

            Right now we put our shoulder on Kobe

        • CM Punk Straight Edge

          Perfect thank you for the valuable update.Which way is he leaning any word yet?Also what type of team can we surround him with and can we get to the Finals and win it?Isiah Thomas has the Lake Show as his #1 destination what do you think man?

          • Badazztj12

            I like him but you know good pg’s in the west will eat him up. I don’t like that because that’s a easy basket for the opponent in crunch time

          • CM Punk Straight Edge

            Ok fair enough about Isiah Thomas i prefer Jordan Clarkson or DeAndre Kane on the cheap to roll with a veteran Point Guard anyone that can defend on the market at PG?Oh ya our Lakers are offering Carmelo $24 million per year wow that’s a big money stack.How can we afford players after he accepts that huge offer it’s astronomical in money terms.We better find some players that accept veteran minimum to fill out the roster we need big men rim protection yes.

          • Badazztj12

            Only ones that I think is Sessions and Chalmers

          • CM Punk Straight Edge

            Cool stretch Nash and sign Chalmers or Kirk Heinrich.

  • rival almighty

    Does this mean melo is the next XXX like cube and deisel?

  • Donovan

    Damn that amount figure just raised my blood pressure way up god damn that’s a boatload of cash.Carmelo Anthony is worth it though.He earned it the hard way.

  • Travis

    Gulp gulp that’s crazy money to pay anyone but it’s a great move by both sides.

  • DKWTTY

    I hope part of the deal was Silver offering La La roles in his future movies!!

  • Lakers4Life

    Many sources point to Melo staying in NY, but he will seriously consider the Lakers once we get LeBron.

    Should be a blast having Kobe, Gasol along with LeBron and Melo. Trade out Nash and Randle, pick up a few role players (like Young) and we should be set for many years to come.

    • Bruce

      I just don’t see how the money and cap would work with Melo, Lebron, Gasol, and Kobe on the same team. Anybody got an idea what the math would look like? I’m pretty sure it’s already far exceeds into luxury tax territory. I’ll be satisfied with just signing Melo, and possibily resign Pau.

    • Bruce

      Nash’s contract plus Randle’s would come out to $10 extra cap room, but don’t think that makes too much of a difference.

    • Bruce

      oops, $10 mil I mean.

  • independentbynature

    The Knicks just offered Melo a 5 yr max deal.So much for the Lakers being the highest bidder.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Doubt he truly wants to go back and suck in NY tho

      • independentbynature

        I think he does.Sources say he hit it off with Phil and believes in his ability to get it done.Phil used some Jedi mind tricks on him.I think he just used us to make sure he got the max offer from NY.

        • LakersOverEverything

          What team is he returning to? It’s even worse than last year’s team, and no cap space to bring anyone in. I just don’t think melo is that foolish. Besides, they gave him a max offer, but so did LA….

          • independentbynature

            Actually,it’s much better than last years team already.They unloaded a well past his prime Chandler and a fat team cancer Felton to Dallas.Both players that Melo was rumored to be upset with.They got back a very under-rated PG in Calderon who will be great in the triangle.Dalembert will adequately replace Chandler and they got a shooter in Ellington,a good young PG prospect in Larkin and a rookie I really like in Early.They got better and younger while removing bad attitudes,all at Cuban’s expense.Quite a nice move by Phil considering what he has to work with.Imagine what he could do with cap space next summer.

  • They call me Pringles

    I think the Eastern Conference Knicks needs Carmelo more than the Western Conference Lakers, or any team in that conference in particular. The Heat for the past couple of years has had the red carpet treatment into the Finals due to no competition in the East. The Celtics used to be their toughest competitor, but now all they have left is Chris Humphreys. Hahahaha. The New Jersey I mean Brooklyn Nets is garbage. Indiana is still a question mark. Phil Jackson is building something special in New York.

  • Deone

    I wonder what this video looked like…I hope it leaks onto the web.

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I’d be extremely surprised if we landed Melo and downright SHOCKED if we landed LeBron … but, I would be happy with an Isaiah Thomas / Kobe / Trevor Ariza / Julius Randle / Pau Gasol starting five – and that is absolutely do-able!

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

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