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Lakers Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Not Meeting With Lakers On July 1

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In the Los Angeles Lakers’ attempt to re-build the team quickly, their sights have been set on unrestricted free agents Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, and the team hopes to meet with both once free agency kicks off.

That may now be in question as ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports that the Lakers are not one of the teams Anthony will meet with on July 1:

This comes as a blow to the Lakers’ plans. They were hopeful to secure a meeting with Anthony in order to lure him to Los Angeles, but the team doesn’t have the roster to compete with some of the other teams vying for Anthony.

The Bulls and Rockets, in particular, each have two excellent players that they could pair with Anthony –making them immediate contenders for the NBA championship. The Mavericks also boast Dirk Nowitzki, and are close to adding a couple of familiar faces to Carmelo.

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It is believed that Anthony would consider the Lakers if they strengthened their roster, but with very few pieces to do so, it seems unlikely that the team would really appeal to Anthony by the time free agency starts.

The Knicks will continue to fight to keep Anthony, but with stiff competition coming from these other teams, the Lakers may have to go to Plan B this summer.
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  • Chadoy

    It’s a new age wherein it’s the “big city brand” (LA, NY, etc..) alone is enough to entice FA’s. These guys can pretty much become global brands even in the smallest of markets. They may love LA, but they can always live there in the offseason (which a LOT do by the way). They want to win now,and go to teams that present them with that opportunity. The Lakers just don’t right now. The big city allure, and “Laker” brand can only carry you so far.

    • Jim213

      The only global brands for the league are Kobe and Lebron. Yes, stars want to compete now and not wait down the road but Melo will do a thorough search to find his best (FA). Chicago seems like the best fit for Melo but if the Lakers are really interested in signing Melo they’d have to convince him they’ll be able to place the best product on the floor by signing productive/reliable players to the starting rotation.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        ESPN has a free agency game like the mock draft game and you click a button a shuffles the top free agent to stay on their team or leave to a new team and Carmelo kept landing in Chicago.

        • Jim213

          Seems as the Bulls would be his best option but for him to comment that he’d consider the Lakers if they strengthened the starting rotation just shows his real interest to play in LA.

          Yes, he also resides in LA but IMO FO haven’t convinced anyone with their way of thinking. Failing to acquire solid role players, giving up draft picks, and over paying inconsistent players is why they’ve left the team in a mediocre state currently.

          IMO, still believe Melo would like to join the Lakers but given their lack of planning they haven’t shown or instilled confidence to suitable stars along with the masses being the belief that they’d be able to turn things around in a short time span.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I understand that.

      • box5

        We better go after the bulls picks or aleast one of them if melo signs with the bulls, especially if we are trading our pick away smh, don’t know about y’all but having our biggest off season acquisition being mcw just doesn’t excite me at all yell

        • Tune

          That move would be huge honestly to get MCW with Nash off the books.

  • lakeshow24

    I do not want Melo or Lebron (although he is not coming anyways). Save the pick and sign players like deng and monroe.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Time to move on this is not even a option.Keep the draft pick and lets do things we can control like drafting a good player at #7.If it’s Marcus Smart great.

    • Gabe

      Agreed. We don’t have the assets for a quick fix. The Front Office should for once look 5 ft beyond their noses and quit trying for the “home run” offseason to satisfy myopic fans and Kobe himself.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Well when he won’t even meet with our FO i give up.It’s on him.

  • sadsad

    SO lakers are not on the list on July 1. So free agency lasts for a day only? Sigh. I expect lakers to be on the list at the tail end of his visits. Time to move on.

    • J Taylor

      Absolutely….
      Especially since Lebron has to land before Melo does.

  • Matt Williams

    I’m not heartbroken. Keep away bruh!

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Exactly man.I only want real mofros who want to be Lakers.No BS.Well said.

      • Shawn

        That’s what Im saying the hell with paying these cats big for a yr or two. So they can have some kind of opt out or special trade clause. Hell with all that Lakers been straying away from the formula,that the late great Jerry Buss has laid. Get back on the right course and rebuild without chasing these fools.

    • Shawn

      Man hate when the Purp&Gold keep going after these fools. Lets rebuild young and be smart about it in the process. Idc for Melo or LeBron ring chasing.

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    It honestly doesn’t matter this is nothing who cares if the lakers aren’t his top three choices he may be waiting to see who the lakers sign first and then maybe later he will meet up with them. This doesn’t mean anything I don’t know why this is even news honestly

  • lakeshow24

    LeBUM is a team hopper why would Laker fans want him?!

    • J Taylor

      Championship number 17.
      No player is greater than a franchise.

      • Manny Villanueva

        Not anytime soon.

    • Shawn

      Im good on LeBron I never liked the thought of him in
      Purp&Gold. Lakers isn’t some pitstop as team its a dynasty not just some ticky tack expansion team. Too be honest his 2 rings aren’t that impressive. He teamed up with the comp, knew he was leaving Cleveland way back in 06 when met with Bosh &Wade. There’s nothing solid about him.

      And than there’s Melo he had some good Squads in Denver but could never led them to the promise land. Other than that I have no problems with him. Just don’t want him neither.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    MEH i am relieved to know this as always just going about my day as usual.No expectations for a superstar free agent.But i fully expect the Lakers to keep the 7th pick and we will draft a good player that we can build around and we need a floor general a leader with mega tenacity.Focus on the NBA Draft now it’s our major chance to draft a good to great player.

    • Shawn

      Only True Lakers fans see it that way. That’s what i want to happen as well.

  • Qing Zhang

    Hahaha, what is this article trying to sell? The chances of Lakers landing Melo or LBJ are low, but they will at least try it. So after July 1st Melo will stop and choose only those three teams mentioned? Did he or his agent said that? Nope. So until then, we don’t know.

  • Bucky Gilmore

    I said it all along give me lance stephenson and lou deng over melo and lebron

    • J Taylor

      really?
      - wow.

  • Bucky Gilmore

    Trade that pick with nash to sixers

  • Bucky Gilmore

    A starting lineup of
    T.Young
    L.Deng
    P.Gasol
    KOBE
    Carter Williams
    Reserves
    FARMAR
    Stephenson
    Sacre
    Young
    Hill
    Kelly
    Marshall
    BAzemore
    Hollins as coach
    I smell championship
    Love 2015

    • Manny Villanueva

      LOL.. U Dreaming Bro…

  • box5

    Man if we get people like deng lowry and spencer hawes, I’m going to laugh real hard, one of those crying inside laughs, and than it’s gonna be the dumb split of people blaming Kobe (for getting what he rightfully deserves) and the front o (rightfully so) for being cool with being average yell

  • DKWTTY

    Oh well! Try and get Deng or Ariza then. Trade the pick and Nash to the Sixers!! If they are dumb enough to make that trade then do it.

  • Bravo

    called it. lakers are not in contention as of now and sadly that puts us out of the melo & james sweepstakes. really sucks man, hopefully we get out of the gutter soon

    • Manny Villanueva

      Will be in the gutter as long as Jim Buss is running the show… NOBODY wants to come to Lakers.. we got nobody.. but an overpriced Kobe…

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Kobe wanted to stay. Nash wanted to come. The only player we know didn’t want to be here is Dwight Howard.

  • Bob Sacamano

    Thank god. No way I want this overrated, one-dimensional ball hog on the Lakers.

  • http://batman-news.com Taste of REALITY

    I wish the Media would stop feeding us Laker fans this bullshit, neither Lebron or Melo are coming to LA, No Star player is coming to LA to join Kobe, the Laker dynasty and prestige died the day Buss Died… The Lakers aren’t the same organization everyone once wanted to come play for… Wake the Fuck UP, nobody cares how many championships we have won or dynasties we’ve had, the Lakers last chance of glory sailed to New York when they let Phil go to the Knicks and offer Kobe that ridiculous contract… Fucken Jim Buss! Why can’t he say something racist so the NBA can vote his ass out!

  • Tyson

    The thing is, Kupchak and the Front Office planned for this offseason years ago. They set it up prefectly so they have maximum cap space headed into this offseason when they guessed that Lebron and Melo would be unrestricted FA’s. Then what the hell did they do? During this last season, they took a shotgun and proceeded to shoot themselves on both feet with that absurd 48.5mil 2 year extension to Kobe. There are reports I read and heard on talk radio that says it was Jeanie Buss who “forced” that lucrative extension, and it wasn’t Jim or Mitch’s call. I guess there is some truth to that since Jeanie went on record that she wanted that extension for Kobe so he can have a “farewell tour”. What a freaking mess when your front office has F’n misplaced priorities and clashing ideologies.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      The Lakers build around two mega-stars, and they consider Kobe one of the free agents they wanted this summer. If they get Melo or Lebron, they will have exactly what they wanted all along.

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  • Lakers4Life

    LOL why is this even an article? Everybody needs to chill down a bit.
    Melo’s schedule was booked by a few teams on July 1st — so what. The Lakers will simply meet with him on July 2nd or the 3rd and perhaps even make a bigger impact by getting the “final” pitch to throw at him. No big deal.

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I honestly don’t believe Lakers brass really wants to sign Carmelo, as doing so, could prevent them from signing Kevin Love next summer, or even making a run at Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving the summer after that.
    I’ve said for months now … don’t be surprised if the Lakers sign veterans to mere one-year contracts this summer, in order to be able to sign Love next summer and then throw mega contracts at Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving the following summer.
    - Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of: “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book”

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Nothing will prevent them from pursuing Durant. Kobe’s contract ends the same summer he is set to become a free agent, so that will be $25 million off the books.

      • Bryant T. Jordan

        Having Melo AND Love on the books that summer would indeed prevent them from going after BOTH Durant and Kyrie … and depending on what Love and Melo sign for, it may make offering Durant a truly max contract impossible.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          I don’t think Love will ever be a Laker, but even if he is, the Lakers can go after *A* max free agent in 2016. Or they can pursue several role players to put around Melo and Love if that is the core.

          We’ve got two years before then, though, let’s just dream of all the possibilities for THIS season for now.

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