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Kobe Bryant and Carmelo AnthonyNew York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony will be a free agent at seasons end and could find himself playing elsewhere next season. Anthony is in the last year of his contract and the talks of him leaving New York seemingly grows by the day.

At 9-21, Anthony looks frustrated with his situation in the Big Apple, but where he could play next is starting to materialize. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, there’s a short list of teams he’d consider, including the Los Angeles Lakers:

That is why New York, Los Angeles, where he has a home, and even Chicago are on his short list, according to a source. The source said the Clippers — with buddy Chris Paul — are more attractive than the Lakers, though the purple-and-gold have cap space and the Clips don’t.

In order for Anthony to be a Clipper, he’d have to be signed and traded for a piece like Blake Griffin, which isn’t something Clipper management seems keen on doing. With the Bulls, Luol Deng is a free agent at seasons end and Anthony would slot into his small forward position for the foreseeable future.

However, the Lakers have long been talked about as an ideal destination due to his good relationship with guard Kobe Bryant, cap space, but head coach Mike D’Antoni might be the problem:

The Lakers also have coach Mike D’Antoni, for now. It’s hard to imagine Anthony wanting to play for him again, not after the battle they went through in New York. Of course, there is no guarantee D’Antoni will be around.

There have also been reports that the Lakers won’t offer a max contract to the 29-year-old forward, but that can all change over the summer. While many believe Anthony will remain with the orange and blue, the rumors of him leaving and to where are sure to increase heading into free agency.

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  • Crenshaw on my shirt

    Rather have Harrison Barnes if Golden State doesn’t extend him. That’s a star in the making right there. Then go after Bledsoe/Lowry, Favors/Drummond. Get rid of DumToni and bring in a real coach like J. Van Gundy, George Karl, Brian Shaw (if Denver releases him), or even Jerry Sloan. Then you would have an athletic lineup with guys that can play defense

    PG Lowry or Bledsoe
    SG Kobe
    SF Barnes
    PF Favors
    C Drummond

    Bench
    Swaggy P
    Farmar
    X. Henry
    Hill

    Then pick up some guys to fill out the rest of the roster.

    • Joe Snow

      You forgot the #1 draft pick in your lineup

      • Thomas Klein

        No but we might get the number 5 – 10 pick the way were going, and that could still deliver a great player.

        • stinkyp

          They will play better after Kobe gets back, no way they get a top five with how bad the east is this year.Teams aren’t just going to give you their young talent, guys llke Drummond and Bledsoe aren’t going anywhere.Best bet is to go through free agency, and sadly, Anothey will be the best available.

    • Lakers Fan

      No diss, but that roster would never happen.

      • Crenshaw on my shirt

        Yeah I know. I can dream though right? LOL.. I’m sure Phoenix will open up the checkbook to keep Bledsoe. I just found out Barnes, Favors and Drummond have all been extended. Crossing my fingers for Lowry.

        • Lakers Fan

          Man I want Lowry so bad. If we get Lowry, then we would only have to worry about the small forward position. If we suck some more this year, we could land Jabari or Wiggins. Although that’s a stretch, it would be awesome. Not to mention, we could draft Rodney Hood who is playing lights out for Duke right now.

      • Sti1lmatic

        Exactly! Maybe in NBA 2k14 but not in real life.

        At this point, I’d welcome any player to give us a better vibe because our team is dead in the water.

        • Lakers Fan

          Couldn’t agree more.

          • kobe24

            Lets just hope Kupcake got something in store for Lakers for the next 2 years just don’t sign Melo…We won’t be able to go for good FA in 2015 (*cough Love cough*)

          • Lakers Fan

            I don’t know how many times I have to say I don’t want Melo man. People just look at his name and want him, but he is a chemistry killer. Anybody with a clue should realize that.

          • Delafontain

            Couldn’t agree more.

        • Thomas Klein

          It needs to be dead in the water if we hope to get a top 10 draft pick

    • 5xob

      Knock it off lol all people you named can be and will be matched. And you think swaggy gonna keep playing on bargain deals when these others are getting hella mills? I mean it’s Lakers love in all that but keep it networth my equal yell

    • CG085H

      This is unrealistic first off Drummond, Favors, Barnes, and Lowry probably will demand 10-12mil a year. Bledsoe wants a max contract. Lakers are paying Kobe 20mil a year and Nash 10mil of 60mil which means only one Max player or two good players
      PG Lowry, Farmar,Nash
      SG Kobe, Xavier Henry
      SF Barnes, Nick Young
      PF Aaron Gordon PF Arizona, Hill
      C Greg Monroe, Sacre(favors and Drummond not going nowhere)
      and A top 15 draft pick

    • Chris Lilly

      Keep dreaming lol

    • Alvon Woods

      Jerry West won’t let Harrison Barnes go….

  • Daryl Peek

    I’d be OK with Melo if we picked him up next season after opting out. We cannot afford his current 22 mil. If he were willing to take a LeBron/Wade like 17-19 mil a season it would be well worth it.

    I’ve said this before and caught flack for it but I’m going to say it again simply because it’s truth and is a part of this article; if the Clippers get Melo they become title front runners. CP3 and Melo become a devastating duo. Griffin is good but he would likely be the one traded for Melo. The Clippers are a fairly good defensive team. Griffin is not really making a difference for them on that side of the ball. This is why trading him will not matter.

    There are other players I’d like to see the Lakers land other than Melo but if were honest with ourselves, there is no other bigger impact player we could get outside of LeBron. I’m not saying we couldn’t find better fits but Melo would fit with Kobe contrary to popular belief. Kobe and Melo would work it out the same way Kobe and Shaq did as players that needed the ball in their hands, or the way LeBron, Wade and Bosch did.

    • kobe24

      Carmelo Anthony isn’t a good defender and hes a iso player like Kobe. Either those two develop something special and become the NBA best one-two punch or they will start hating each other and I don’t want to see any more drama in LA.

      Clippers wouldn’t do that, Griffin is 24 not even in his prime yet and Melo is 29 going to be 30 this year.

      I’d say Lakers are going to be in another mediocre year (probably make the playoff though) and then make a splash for FA class of 2015 and another one once Kobe retires in 2016

      • Daryl Peek

        Griffin is not a good defender either. Doc Rivers wants to win now. He’d pull the trigger on a Griffin Melo trade real quick! Doc left the Celtics because he’s not down with rebuilding. Griffin is a good young player but not the Alpha Melo is.

        Kobe and Melo would work things out as I said. I see no scenario where they can’t coexist. Howard was very immature and came to LA with a preconceived notion about Kobe. Melo will not be that player. The Olympic experience ensures that IMO. Kobe and Melo respect each other. That was never really the case with Howard. Howard was like a teen smelling his own piss the last two seasons.

        • kobe24

          I know that I have no concrete evidence to base my arguments that they won’t fit well together however you can’t look at the Olympics and say that Kobe and Melo will be that type. Look, the Olympics had the “dream team” with CP3 , Lebron, Durant, Kobe, etc etc with that much individual talent they can make team work easily.

          I know Howard and Kobe never had a good relationship and Kobe and Melo do however I just don’t see it working. Melo is a great player however he demands the ball alot and so do Kobe. And maybe it will seem great when Lakers are winning but if it doesn’t work and Lakers start losing the team chemistry will be HORRIBLE.

          And can we look at the bigger picture? If Kobe + Melo do not win and Kobe retires its just going to be Carmelo and all the good FA in 2015 (Irving, Love) and 2016 (Westbrook) will be gone by then.

          • Daryl Peek

            All of this is speculation man. We do it for both sides of the argument. My point is what would the participants say? We both know Kobe would be good playing with Melo and vise versa. IJS

    • Thomas Klein

      I would rather have Love than Melo any day of the week.

      • Daryl Peek

        You and me both but Minny is not gonna let Love go anytime soon. They have him locked up til 2016 when he can opt out.

        • Jim213

          Actually 2015-16 but I’d also try Love when he opts out.

      • Delafontain

        Me too.
        Melo is done as a player and K.Love is a rising star. Plus he is Bruin. Don’t forget that.

    • hookedonnews

      I’m not that optimistic. I don’t think Kobe is going to defer to anyone. He wouldn’t do it for Howard who could have made a real difference for this team. I don’t think he and Shaq worked it out in the long run. They co-existed at first, but we all know what happened in the end. Wade was willing to step aside and let LeBron take over the team. Kobe isn’t going to do that. Melo is a great scorer, but he’s injury prone and not a great defender. I think if you look at the chaos going on in NY you will realize that bringing him here might be a problem. Of course, anything is possible, but I’d really like to see them get someone else.

      • Daryl Peek

        Actually your wrong. Kobe did defer to Howard in the begging. He did so from the jump, in the Princeton offense and more so when he was first thrust into the facilitator role when Nash went down.

        Once Howard started crying about touches and showed Kobe he was not gonna handle the responsibility Kobe said enough and took over as the Mamba.

        Shaq made light of this on TNT one night. His exact words were “Kobe will play with anyone but he’s not gonna wait on you. If you’re not ready to go he’s gonna take over.”

        Kobe would not have that problem with Melo.

        • hookedonnews

          I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I think if you’ll look at his shot attempts before he took over facilitating you will see that he wasn’t deferring. That’s old news now. Anthony expects to be the one with the ball in his hands. Kobe has that same expectation. That’s the reason I don’t see that as a happy marriage. Beyond that there are other reasons that I think bringing him to LA would be a bad idea. But if he comes I hope it works because we all want the same thing–wins and a championship.

          • Daryl Peek

            Yeah, we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one. One thing I vividly remember is Kobe saying he tried to get Howard going, similar to what he did with Gasol this year.

            I also think people do these players a real disservice typecasting their abilities as superstars. When they know championship contention is on the line and they can truly see it, most will do what it takes to make it work.

          • cj

            before nash went down kobe was shooting 17 shots a game in the 60%ish range. howard was getting 15 shots a game. nash going down put the ball in kobes hands more. and kobe is a shooter first. it did not help that howard was turning the ball over 3 times a game and getting stupid offensive fouls.

            1. howard was not healthy to start the season so he got less looks.

            2. nash went down leading to the ball being with kobe more.

            3. kobe was shooting in the low 60′s high 50′s to start that season.

            4. howard was not effective putting the ball in the basket when he did get it.

            these are the reasons howard did not get his looks he wanted. he is alot more healthy this season and he is playing with a bigger ball stopper then kobe ever was (harden) but he is happy because he is doing all the right things to get his looks.

          • hookedonnews

            Kobe was 2nd only to Russell Westbrook in shots taken last season, but that’s not the full story. If Kobe had wanted Howard to stay in LA he could probably have made it happen. Instead he made Howard uncomfortable and tried to make him change in ways that were never going to happen. Then he announced that he was probably going to play another 2 or 3 years which assured that Howard was leaving. He could have delayed that announcement until Howard had signed if he wanted him in LA. He also lectured him in the meetings that were held to try to get Howard to stay in LA, telling him to listen and learn & he would teach him how to win. Well, Howard had no interest in doing that and left.

            Look. I have no great love for Howard. I am just making the point that when you bring in a player that you hope will help you win a championship that’s not the way to handle things if you want them to stay and want things to work. In the same way Kobe took the ball out of the hands of Nash because he needs to dominate the ball. That’s just who he is, and Nash was willing to do whatever he needed to do to help the team. That’s the kind of player he is, but you won’t find a lot of great players who are going to react like Nash. That’s one reason I don’t see Kobe & Anthony as a match made in heaven and one of many reasons that I don’t see him as the best option for the Lakers.

          • cj

            were to start………….

            1. kobe did not take the ball out of nashs hands. the lakers were 0-10 (preseason) with the ball being in nashs hands. he went down in game two and kobe had to take over. and the lakers started winning again. nash comes back and kobe trys to let nash have the ball again and we go on a losing streak. kobe took over the ball because nash was hurting and the team played better with it in his hands.

            2. by the end of the season kobe was not going to kiss howards ass. kobe is kobe he tried to get d12 involved all season and d12 failed. it was howards fault and howards fault alone that he left. it had nothing to do with kobe.

          • hookedonnews

            1. They were playing the Princeton offense in preseason which is an offense that doesn’t even need a PG. All Nash did was bring the ball up and pass it to someone else. He had very little involvement in that offense. That’s one reason Brown was fired. I’m not talking about Kobe taking over when Nash wasn’t on the court. I’m talking about him taking over facilitating when Nash was back from the broken leg and healthy. We were losing because Kobe was jacking up 25-30 shots a game and everyone else was standing around watching on offense and disengaged on defense. He knew a change had to be made, and rather than play within MDA’s offense and pass the ball to the open man rather than shooting with 3 guys draped all over him he decided to take over as PG.

            2. No one was asking him to kiss up to Howard. All he had to do was use a little diplomacy. He knew that the FO wanted Howard to stay, but he made that virtually impossible. The people close to Howard have said he left because of Kobe. As I said, I don’t like Howard. I’m just making the point that sometimes you do what’s best for the team. You decide whether Howard leaving was best for the team. And what’s going to happen when another superstar is brought in that wants the ball in his hands? I would much rather see them bring in someone like Kevin Love who can rebound and create his own shot and is a little bit more of a team guy.

          • Daryl Peek

            I agree with you to a degree. Howard was a punk no doubt. Kobe could have coddled him a bit more but Kobe did try to get Howard going early on. Howard was on tilt from the jump. He never really wanted to be a Laker. He came here with a preconceived notion about Kobe instead of a open mind.

            Again, as Shaq said “Kobe will play with anyone but he’s not gonna wait on you. If you’re not ready to go he’s gonna take over.”

          • cj

            kobe was never jacking up 25-30 shots per game. the lakers were losing because they had a hurting center, a pf that was being misused and a pg that needed to retire. kobe was carrying the lakers. they did not start playing well until howard got healthy and mike let pau, and howard work out a playing style.

            kobe did not need to be diplomatic. this is his team. howard did not like that. he is happy in houston were he knows its his team nut he will never win a title as a rocket.
            kobe did do what was best for the lakers he told the truth. it would have been worse for us if howard resigned and kobe said im staying for 3 years. howard would have wanted out right away and there would have been in team fighting.

          • hookedonnews

            Sorry but I was watching those games. In one of them he shot 41 times. I don’t agree with your assessment of what went on last season, but you’re entitled to your opinion. I was using Howard as an example, not because I am a fan of his. He could have really helped the Lakers if he wasn’t such an immature moron. The original discussion was about whether or not Kobe and Anthony could coexist on the same team. As you said, this is Kobe’s team. I think Anthony wants to be on a team where he’s the man (just like Howard). That’s why I don’t think it would work well. If he comes to the Lakers I guess we’ll find out.

          • Shabbir

            Kobe did shoot a lot, but that’s what he does. But just because he’s shooting a lot doesn’t mean he’s not involving other people because he could be passing the ball but they’re passing back. It’s a known fact Kobe LOVES to shoot, but when he came off the achilles injury, he was always looking for the pass. Which is good if we want to bring in another person who loves to shoot like Melo, so that could POSSIBLY work. But I personally don’t want him. I thin we can get a younger person who can score and defend like Luol Deng, Al-Farouq Aminu (not really a known player but can develop to be good in my opinion), Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry or in 2015 bring in someone like Paul Millsap, Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin, Deandre Jordan, Danny Green, and maybe try to get restricted players hoping the offers wont get matched.

          • hookedonnews

            I agree that younger is better, and this team needs someone who is a great defender. I think the Knicks will try to keep Anthony, but we’ll just have to see how it all works out. If he would come in and be a team player and stay healthy maybe it would be a good thing. I don’t think that’s likely, but anything is possible.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I think it’s all but a done deal.I welcome Carmelo Anthony with open arms.To all the Lakers haters who hate on the mere thought of Carmelo or LeBron coming to the Lakers buzz off this the way the Lakers do business.

    • Sti1lmatic

      LeBron in purple n gold would be sick.

      • kobe24

        I’m a Laker fan and I wouldn’t want Carmelo Anthony coming to LA.

  • 3339

    ok a lineup featuring Kobe, Melo, and whoever we draft will require a coach that can make adjustments and not force a system on players. this is the problem with dantoni. dantoni has had problems with Melo and has had problems with Kobe. Lakers shouldn’t hesitate to bring in players simply because this guy can’t coach them.
    Steve Nash made dantoni’s career. people forget that he coached phoenix the year before they got Nash and they were legit garbage.
    But adding Melo would obviously be a great help to Kobe. I also think they are going to look at Eric Bledsoe, but Phoenix might actually throw a lot at him to remain. They’ve done a great job.

    • hookedonnews

      D’Antoni came into Phoenix like 20 games into the season, and the team had a lot of injuries. He didn’t have a lot to work with that season. There’s no doubt that Steve Nash was the key player in the success of the Suns, but D’Antoni was the guy who created the system that gave him the opportunity to become a 2-time MVP so he deserves some of the credit.

      D’Antoni had problems with Melo because he’s a ball-stopper, and he wasn’t willing to be a team player. Take a look at what’s happening in NY now. They should have a much better record than they do. What’s the problem? No ball movement, and a bunch of guys standing around watching Carmelo. I don’t think MDA has problems with Kobe. I’m sure he would like for Kobe to play within the system a little more than he does, but he hasn’t made a big deal about it and has been willing to adjust to Kobe’s game. He knew what he was dealing with when he came to LA. Melo was brought to NY after he got there, and he really didn’t want that trade to be made. They lost a lot of their young players who were thriving in his system. Denver immediately became a better team after Anthony left. A really good player like him doesn’t necessarily translate into a better team. Just ask George Karl. He made some comments about him recently that back that up.

      Phoenix is going to give Bledsoe whatever it takes to keep him there. Of course, he could still decide to walk like Dwight Howard. Would love to see him in LA. I’ll bet the Clippers regret making that deal.

      • 3339

        I actually believe that Bledsoe should be priority one. Gonna be hard to get him though because I believe he is a restricted FA and Phoenix will match any offer.

    • Daryl Peek

      The funny thing is more players have had their best production (offensively and defensively) under D’Antoni then those who’ve had issues with him.

      Farmar, X, Johnson & Young all said they chose to come to the Lakers because they wanted to play for D’Antoni in his system. Blake and Meeks echoed those sentiments about playing for MDA.

      • 3339

        They can say whatever they want but I think the name Lakers was more attractive to them than the name dantoni.

        • Daryl Peek

          I’m sure that was part of the lure also but they still made it a point to say it on several occasions unsolicited

      • cj

        thats not really true. his system is fast allowing a guy he plays 20ish mpg to get the touches of a player who plays 30ish mpg. guys like meeks are getting more open shots and more looks at the basket so their stats go up. but if u go by a per 100 pos for these players this season is no better for meeks then last year or blake or really another player.

        • Daryl Peek

          Even at that rate Meeks is much more efficient this season than in the past. And to the point, it is the extra touches per minute that make them want to play for MDA in his system.

          • cj

            he is more efficient because the shots are more open and he has been hot. his shooting % ave been going down lately.

          • Daryl Peek

            His shooting % ave been going down lately. Would that have anything to do with all the injuries? And more importantly the lack of a true PG in the D’Antoni system? This only further proves their belief in MDA.

          • cj

            this does not prove mike. if kime was a god like these players say he is his % would go up.

          • Daryl Peek

            Where did I say it proved MDA? I said it proves said players belief in him

  • Zimmeredge

    D’antoni… Bryant…Melo… there’s something in this team that is clearly not ok!!! (and it’s not mda imo!)

  • rik

    Next years laker lineup:
    PG: lowry
    SG: kobe
    SF: melo
    PF: J Randle
    C: G Monroe
    Bench:
    PG: Farmar/ Marshall
    SG: henry
    SF: young
    PF: johnson/ Kelly
    C: hill/ sacre

    • kobe24

      Haha yes this would be nice however this would never work.

      First of all Lakers will have $28 million or so in cap space and lets say Lakers decide to go big and go over cap space it will extend to $million (which is really risky)

      WIth $30 Million Melo himself would ask for at least 17~19 million which leaves the Lakers with about $12 million to play with. Lowry is currently getting paid $6 million and playing really well so he’ll be expecting about $8~10 mil at least which leaves the space for $3 million or so…. Yeah nope not happening :(

      and lets not forget Julius Randle will be about $3 Million (if he gets picked top 5)

      • rik

        Dont forget trading gasol and stretching nash free s up more money. Heres how the money would go for each player.
        Lowry ( 7 mil), kobe (24mil), melo(17mil), j randle( 3 mil), Monroe(8 mil), farmar(1.5 mil),
        Henry( 1 mil), young(1.2mil), johnson( 1.5mil), hill(3 mil), marshall( 800k), sacre( 900k), kelly(800k)

        • stinkyp

          Lowry will cost you at least nine, and Nash is still on the books next season for nine. Randle and Embiid will go top five, Lakers will not get there with the east this bad(especially after Kobe gets back). Monroe is looking for a max deal. You might be able to get Melo and Lowry, but then you would have to fill the rest of the roster with scrubs.

          • cj

            dont tell someone they are wrong for saying what the player might get paid. players do take pay cuts to play for possible contenders.

            him saying lowry for 7 mill is very possible. thats more then hes making now so its not a pay cut.

            lbj-wade-bosh all took pay cuts.
            howard took a pay cut.
            paul milsap took a pay cut.

            players do take ply cuts

          • kobe24

            I agree with u CJ since we never know how players will react.

            We all know that Lakers (or at least hope) will be back in playoff contention within 3 years (sadly once Kobe is gone or maybe his last year of the extension) but would players take a salary cut to Lakers during FA 2014 when it is mediocre?

          • cj

            we dont know if they will be mediocre.

            it all depends on what the FO does with this team. the only thing we know right now if kobe is on the roster next season.

      • Thomas Klein

        Better to build thru drafts and signing up and coming future stars than going after a big name like Melo. Draft Joel Embiid if possible, he would instantly give you the kind of rim protection Howard gave us at a fraction of the cost, he will be as good or better than Anthony Davis. Get an athletic wing like Harrison Barnes, with Kobe and a good point guard like Bledsoe and we would have a good team. Our bench already is very good with Farmar (when healthy) Nick Young, X Hennry, J Hill, and Kaman.

  • Lakers Fan

    There are a number of things that would have to take place in order for the Lakers to get Melo. First, D’Antoni would have to fired. There is no way Melo would play for D’Antoni after the debacle with the Knicks. Secondly, we would have to get some semblance of a roster that would compete. The Lakers aren’t an attractable place right now, especially with teams like the Clippers looking like a much better place to play. It’s obvious Melo wants to win right now, and the Lakers are 2-3 years out of contention. Not to mention, the age difference of Kobe and Paul. Melo fits better with Paul that with Kobe, considering they are both shoot first players. Plus, we would have to take on Melo’s contract. Then, our flexibility would really be screwed up. All of that comes into account, especially in Melo’s mind.

    Personally, I like Melo, but is he really what the Lakers need? Melo would provide us with instant offense, which is not the issue right now. We need defensive players, and Melo won’t provide us with that. I think the Lakers should look past Melo. They should go after some of those young players, like Hayward, Monroe, Bledsoe, Lowry, and Deng. I’m not knocking Melo’s talent. He is extremely talented, but has been known to kill team chemistry, a la when he went to the Knicks. They were playing extremely well, especially Amare. Then Melo came, and everything went down hill from there. If the Lakers got Melo, I would welcome him with open arms. But I don’t think Melo is what the Lakers need, especially on the defensive end which is our biggest need right now.

  • THAJ Frol

    Lakers 2014-2015
    PG Kendall Marshall
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF Andrew Wiggins
    PF Carmelo Anthony
    C Marcin Gortat

    Bench Players
    Xavier Henry
    Jodie Meeks
    Jordan Farmar
    Ryan Kelly
    Robert Sacre
    Terrence Williams
    Shannon Brown

    Hire a new coach either Lionel Hollins or Phil Jackson,Jeff Van Gundy.

    • SwagyD1

      Nick Young Helloooooooooooooo

    • Jose

      I like line except for Melo. Would rather have Monroe. Other than that looks like a competitive line up but too bad they won’t land high enough in the draft to get wiggins.

  • Thomas Klein

    Harrison Barnes would be great, and if we could get a good 1st round draft pick this year, with luck a top 10 pick, and with this draft being very deep, a impact player. 7 footer Joel Embiid would be a great addition to put in the middle, runs the floor well, blocks shots and protects the rim well, and has a good offensive game. Sort of like a Anthony Davis but with a little more bulk.
    We need a good young point guard really bad too, with Nash too old, and Farmar, and Blake injured.
    I agree with getting rid of Dantoni, Defense wins championships and the Lakers are about winning, not solely “entertainment basketball” getting up and down the court fast and dropping bombs from 3 point land.

    • Lakers Fan

      I think Joel Embiid would be a great player, especially if we are looking for defense. He is also a solid athlete that runs the floor and can score. He could be awesome, especially if he was to work with Kareem. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lakers were to go for him if he is still available. If we were to hire Lionell Hollins that would be great too. We seen what he was able to do for Marc Gasol defensively. Just imagine getting Embiid and having him play under Hollins while learning from Kareem. Dude could become a beast.

  • Rigged4fun

    No thank you. Anthony is not worth the chaos he brings.

  • Marty Susman

    I hope not, Melo to the Lakers would be HORRIBLE for the Lakers….Please Mitch, NO MELO IN PURPLE & GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Rock

    I got a legitimate Lakers roster that can be a Championship team in 1 year and the team will need a new coach like perhaps Lionell Hollins or George Karl.The Rock Says Go All In For The Final Years Kobe Has Left.Get Championship #17.

    2014-2015 Lakers Reload Championship Glory.
    PG Mario Chalmers
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF Carmelo Anthony
    PF Jordan Hill
    C Joel Emiid

    Bench
    Thabo Sefolosha
    Trevor Ariza
    Kendall Marshall
    Emeka Okafor
    Hedo Turkoglu
    Aaron Gray
    Jordan Hamilton

  • Zimmeredge

    if we bring in melo the only message it will send to the other franchise is “the lakers are desperate”…. DO NOT BRING MELO IN LA. he will mess with our franchise and he will go

  • larry wheeler

    they rode kobe as long as his legs held up. when the owner died , he left the ship in hands of a fool – his son instead of his daughter. clipper tickets I need .

  • hookedonnews

    I don’t see an upside to bringing in Carmelo Anthony. Look at what’s going on in NY right now. They played better the other night without him. He’s a selfish, injury-prone, ball-stopper who would want more money than he’s worth. The only reason the LeBron/Wade combo works is because they are both unselfish players who are willing to share the spotlight. I don’t really see Anthony coming to LA, especially if MDA is still the coach. If I thought he would come in and be a team player I would say go for it if he’s willing to be reasonable about money. Would still prefer a younger player.

  • Raffy Rodrigo Mediodia III

    I like your picks crenshaw,thats a solid picks cause it combines both offense and defense if i were mitch i would rather pick these guys thsn those free agents that so high in the market.

  • Martin

    Please don’t get Anthony. It was bad enough that they extended Bryant for the huge amount they did. Anthony is past his prime and does not give the Lakers what they need.

  • keishawnbrown

    keep pau why cant we get both of them that would be better

  • Marvin Antwaine Simelton

    I don’t approve of the Kobe Bryant bashing in this here forum. Let’s be real, Kobe (like James Harden) isn’t going to defer to Dwight Howard simply because they are mega-star-athletes who have proven that they can lead a team without a whinny and limited in talent big man. Secondly, if Kobe Bryant were to defer, it would be to someone of Carmelo Anthony’s caliber simply because he (like Kobe Bryant) draws the bulk of the defensive to his direction. What they need to be able to flourish in D’Antoni’s system is adequate perimeter shooting, a point guard that can handle the ball (as well ass stay healthy), and at least one isolation player to break down defenses against teams like the Spurs that can guard the perimeter effectively. Mike D’Antoni’s system is effective and has been adopted league-wide. The current Lakers roster doesn’t have the personnel at hand to best showcase his system. These guys are journeymen who have maxed themselves out in terms of reaching their full potential. They will make a team simply because they are young and energetic, but lack adequate fundamentals and shooting capabilities needed to thrive in the NBA (as well as within D’Antoni’s system). Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant not only get along with each other very well, but can play together as teammates (view the 2008 and 2012 Olympic basketball games). They will have their own version of the Miami Heat with Carmelo being the go-to scorer (a la LeBron James) and Kobe Bryant their aging superstar shooting guard (a la Dwayne Wade) who defers most of the time (while averaging above 20 pts per game) to his younger superstar teammate small forward.

  • cam

    Idont want melo lets pic up k love an a good point guard an hire a new coach an that system would rock

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Go after Deng and Monroe in free agency and we are back in contention…we will have a line up of:

    Farmar/Blake/Marshall
    Kobe/Henry
    Deng/Wes/Young

    Monroe/Kelly
    Hill/Sacre

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      we can go big and we can go small ball with this lineup…

      Small ball: Farmar/Kobe/Wes/Deng/Monroe
      Go Big: Marshall/Kobe/Deng/Monroe/Hill

      Both Deng and Monroe are free agents after the season. If we can snag Gordon Hayward out of Utah… that would be gravy.

  • 5xob

    I like love and want him on the squad but it’s funny how no one calls him a stat stuffer and a matador on d! Yet melo gets a lot of hate. Foh with that bs call a spade a spade. When we get love we are going to need to defensive studs, a big paint controller and a ball hawk wing yell

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    The way this team plays the Lakers should fall to at least the 5th pick in the Ping Pong Ball lottery and that’s all I want. We need Mr. Parker not more going downhill superstars!

  • Alvon Woods

    Drop Wesley Johnson, Shawn Williams, Steve Blake, and hope Nash retires. Add Anthony and another PF, and let’s roll.

    • Alvon Woods

      Hire Byron Scott, or Micheal Cooper, or Brian Shaw, or maybe even Scott Skiles.

  • Alvon Woods

    The Lakers need to try and sign Kyle Anderson,in the draft a 6’9″ PG from UCLA 14.5ppg, 8 reb and 6 asst. per game.

  • Tubal

    Just a thought, wouldn’t it be better if the Lakers just trade Pau now and get a solid starter at any position with a quite reasonable contract and some low end picks (if other teams are willing to include lottery picks then by all means). Just to get under the tax this year and avoid repeater tax penalties the coming seasons. Then keep an eye at what happens in Minnesota, because if they miss the playoffs or flounder so badly in Love’s first playoffs it’s most likely he can be stolen away. Then hopefully we get lucky in the draft but if not then just add a few quality rotation players this summer and endure the next season until Kevin Love is available. That way the Lakers will be able to offer Kevin Love a solid group of role players a veteran leader in Kobe plus the lights of Hollywood, money, and the a Laker franchise ready to spend and go over the tax to bring him a better at the championship.

    If it does not work that year, Kobe’s final year, the Lakers can quickly reload since by 2016 Kevin Durant will be available, the Lakers will again have the ability to then offer Durant a team featuring Kevin Love and a slew of role players and his best chance of winning a championship. .

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