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Lakers Rumors: Lakers ‘Lukewarm’ On Signing Carmelo Anthony

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With the Lakers continued struggles this season, a lot of focus gas gone towards the off-season. With a loaded draft class, and a number of big name free agents, hopes are high that the Lakers will make big changes.

One of the most rumored possibilities has been New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, but it is beginning to look unlikely that he will join the Lakers.

Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears reports that the Knicks will not trade Anthony before the trade deadline:

There is “no chance” the Knicks will deal Carmelo Anthony, who owns a contract opt-out this summer, before the trade deadline, a source said.

The Knicks obviously believe that they will be able to keep Anthony if he uses his opt-out clause this summer. If Anthony is a free agent, he will undoubtedly be targeted by a number of teams.

One of those teams is expected to be the Lakers, but according to Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin, that may not be the case:

The Lakers idea isn’t happening, they are lukewarm on adding him next to Kobe Bryant

Anthony is one of the league’s most gifted scorers, but his style of play is very similar to that of Bryant. They both thrive with the ball in their hands, and it can be difficult for players like that to play together.

Of course, Bryant is on the last legs of his career and the team needs to get their next star in place.

Some believe that star will be Kevin Love, or Kyrie Irving, or both. Whatever the case may be, the next few months will be key to the Lakers future.
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  • Gregory Choa

    The Lakers are right to be “lukewarm” on ‘Melo…hold out for K-Love and Kyrie Irving – a much better fit towards the future and a chance for Kobe to win his 6th ring in his final season with the Lakers.

    • Jim213

      Don’t see this happening either UNLESS they acquire some assets. May have a better shot if Love opts out and becomes a FA in 2015.

    • Erad

      That sixth ring is a pipe dream at this point.

      • Gregory Choa

        OK, allow me to qualify, “his ELUSIVE 6th ring…”

  • Sti1lmatic

    Please don’t bring Melo to the Lakers. His best years are behind him. Loved Melo in Denver and I thought he was going to win a ring when A.I. was brought in. Great scorer but that’s about it.

  • John

    They can make it work.. I dont really see any reason why not… Kobe knows Melo can score and Kobe is a smart player if they get melo that would open up the floor for the both of them less work for kobe to do

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Smokescreen possibly,meaning the Lakers actually are going to sign him without tipping their cap???

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Wait and see approach i guess.

  • NITSbleedPURP

    As much as I love MELO’s ability to score and take over games when necessary, I’d like the Lakers to pick up a player like Bledsoe, Kyrie, Lowry, I. Thompson. This will still give the Lakers the option to pick up Love mid-season via trade, if Minnesota gets anxious to trade Love to at least receive some assets in return. Keep Swaggy, Wesley, Marshal, Meeks, Hill, Sacre for the bench

  • Johne72

    Melo is a bad idea. Just like Nash in hindsight is a horrid more. Lakers need to look toward youth not old guys.

    • Andress Lua

      nash is 11 years older than melo

  • Swaggy Rambo

    As much as I love him I say don’t sign Melo or try. Chances are he won’t want to sign anyway. He’s older and his style is too similar to Kobe. They need a player who does more than JUST score and much younger to look to the future. I’d rather they wait and get Kevin Love and pair him with a Kyrie Irving or Kyle Lowry. Or wait to see if they get Dante Exum or whoever in the draft then make a move.

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

      Cant disagree with that…. but would rather go after Loul Deng… Deng is a 2 way player that will compliment Kobe very well….

      • Swaggy Rambo

        Precisely and remember Kobe wanted to go play with Deng years ago when the Lakers weren’t getting him help. My only thing with that is he might command a lot of money and a long term deal so I don’t know how that would work with trying to get Kevin Love later on.

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

          I am not too worried about Love… if he comes to us, he will come to Lakers… what we should go after is the first available talent not someone who is 2 years away from free agency.

          • kobe24

            I could agree with you on points however if both Love and Irving want to come and play for the Lakers in 2016 by having Luol Deng that would be impossible

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

            Again, that is 2 years away… we still have games to play and the next best available talent out there this summer sans Anthony/LBJ/Wade/Bosh is Deng…. Stranger things can happen…. but to put your hope in a situation that is two years away, just doesn’t sound right…the best thing is to always make do of what is available on the market.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Too early to be talking/writing articles about them free agents….why not make an interview with the laker players one by one… get their insight into the season, how about checking what the players are usually doing in their free time? What are they doing to improve their game…etc…

  • Robert L. I.

    Thank Gawd, Lakers need five tool players not a tool.
    Honey Nut Cheerios

  • Kay Carter

    Rather see Love nd Irving play together….that 1-2 punch L.A need, Melo is not a fit for this team

  • Marty Susman

    Melo has been a disruption to the teams he played on & has never shown leadership or winning ways. He was/will always be one step behind LaBron & will never be a winner….

  • Lakers4Life

    No worries folks, as it appears we’re well on our way in having LeBron in purple & gold next year :-)

  • TTKIN

    I dont see Kyrie happening cuz he’ll be restricted and i highly, highly doubt CLE will let him go. We do need a great PG, Love will be a nice addition, and then go get a center like Robin Lopez. A guy just under the basket to defend and rebound. When was the last time we had that?

  • J Taylor

    1 Melo = 1 Bledsoe + 1 Deng + 1 Stephensen

    I’d prefer the latter…. but if Carmelo chooses LA you have to listen.

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