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Lakers Rumors: Team Hoping To Land LeBron James; Stalling Coaching Search?

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Head coaches are being hired left and right in the NBA with Derek Fisher being the latest to be swooped up as a new leader on the sidelines for next season.

Now that Fisher is on the verge of being announced as the new head coach of the New York Knicks, all the focus on the head coaching front will be directed at the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Although the Lakers brass maintain they’re doing their due diligence in finding a new head coach, the team may be waiting it out in hopes of landing a big-name in free agency. If LeBron James opts out of his deal with the Miami Heat, the four-time NBA MVP will be that big-name with the Lakers eagerly waiting for a chance to give him their sales pitch, according to Sam Amick of USA Today:

The slow pace of the Lakers’ coaching search that began April 30 when Mike D’Antoni resigned has been timed deliberately with the upcoming free agency period in the NBA, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Specifically, the idea that the Lakers could beat the odds and land the likes of the Heat’s LeBron James, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony or any of the other superstars who may be free agents on July 1 has led the Lakers to plod through their process so as to not limit their potential options. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.

Carmelo Anthony will also be a superstar potentially on the Lakers’ radar this summer, but if LeBron is a free agent and there for the taking, it’s safe to say they’ll do everything within their power to bring him to Los Angeles.

At this point in time, it is a stretch that the Lakers have a shot at LeBron or Anthony. Both players will want to play for contenders and might not be high on playing alongside Kobe Bryant.

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It’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out, especially if the Heat fall to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. A loss to San Antonio may have LeBron considering other options, but the consensus as of right now is that he’s not going anywhere.

As for Anthony, there’s a good chance he changes teams this summer with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets potential suitors for the perennial All-Star. Both teams could make a run at Anthony with the prospect of the veteran being the missing piece to the championship puzzle.
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  • http://www.niknokseyer.com/ Niknok Seyer

    please no. :(

    • LA Champs

      Say what???

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  • Get over it

    not happening even if we wanted it to

    • comrade24

      why do reports like these surface? i mean, come on. you might as well
      start a rumor that the Flash and Superman are being signed at point
      guard and small forward and the Hulk is going to be our center. We’re
      trading Steve Nash’s bad contract, 2 medicine balls, and Kobe’s leftover
      french fries from his lunch with Jordan to Cleveland for the #1 pick,
      sign and trade Pau Gasol to Minnesota for Kevin Love and an actual lake
      to put at the base of the Hollywood hills so the team name is more
      fiting for LA, and then sign Lebron in Free agency, clone him for a
      bench mob full of Lebrons.

      Roster next season:

      PG- The Flash/Lebron James/Lebron James
      SG- Kobe Bryant/Lebron James/Lebron James
      SF- Superman/Lebron James
      PF- Lebron James/ Ryan Kelly/Kevin Love
      C- The Hulk/ Lebron James
      C2- Joel Embiid/Lebron James (Yes, we get 6 players on the floor, we’re the Lakers)

      Coach: Professor Xavier/Mr Miyagi

      • They call me Pringles

        LOL @ Ryan Kelly

        • comrade24

          especially he’s in the rotation before Kevin Love lol

  • Lakers Realist

    There’s no need for them to rush anyway. It only makes sense for them to explore the option of signing the greatest player in the game if it turns out he bolts for free agency. At the end of the day I’d rather they make sure they get the right guy than grasp for straws again like they just did with D’Antoni.

  • king josh

    Another lame excuse from incompetent front office that have no plan whatsoever.

    • LegendInMyMind

      You say that based on…what? Rumors and speculation? Do us all a favor and wait to see where things roll first. This is all unsubstantiated rumor.

  • wangkon936

    I think their changes of getting Lebron are slim to none and… I can’t find Slim anywhere…

  • vdogg

    so i am assuming that they’re gonna let lebron, carmelo or whoever pick the coach then…? in that case, what about the draft? we are going to go into the draft WITHOUT a head coach??????

    • Andrew J. Abraham

      They are going for the best talent available so that won’t matter

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I am down for whatever,if LeBron is the player we get,then we good.

  • VillainKing

    BIG NOOOOOO!!!!

    • Chrmngblly

      No what? No to LBJ?

      • VillainKing

        if you have a common sense you will know what is the meaning of that comment Chrmngblly…

  • Laker Illuminati

    Every off season trade prospect or trade is blowing up right in our face. Karrma is kicking our ASS right now. We have go to catch a break somehow some way.Come on LADY LUCK come and sit down with the Lakers and let talk for a while.

  • vdogg

    makes no sense. the lakers don’t necessarily want kobe’s input on who the coach should be.. yet they are waiting to name a coach that lebron or melo would deem acceptable… only to make the most out of KOBE’s final two seasons???

  • Aditya Sriram

    Hope One of them comes and plays for my Lakers!!!

  • Lakers Fan

    -100% chance of the Lakers landing LeBron, and although Melo is intriguing he would require max money and is 29 going on 30 years old. He also would not fit with Kobe and there is no way anybody will convince me that he can. Although these are rumors, I would not put anything past this current management. This just further shows this incompetent FO of ours have no plans whatsoever as to what they want to do with our team going forth. Bout time the Lakers decide who they want to be the HC, all the good HCs will be gone and we will be stuck with another mediocre, soon-to-be fired HC once again.

  • Chrmngblly

    We should not drag this out to July 31st. Geez. That will make whoever the new coach is late his preparation for the coming season and in even hiring a staff. I am all fine with Love, LBJ or even Carmelo–all longshots—but not to the point of making this even harder for our next coach and next year’s team.

    I think we should run Miami’s system and hire whatever coach who understands how to do that.

    Read:

    http://espndotgodotcom/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/story/_/id/7378111/nba-oregon-ducks-football-muse-erik-spoelstra-miami-heat

    Replace the [dot]s with periods.

    Also, don’t listen to that ignoramus, VillianKling…:-)

    • VillainKing

      what are you talking Chrmngblly???heheheh!!!

  • lakers4life

    I wouldn’t mind having LeBron join the team if it doesnt effect our chance on getting durant if so then i rather spend money on kevin Durant. I rather have Durant over james any day..Durant is better offensively a better closer and wants the torch pass on to him. He fits in with the laker family.

  • JohnSmith00

    Nope….

  • Dario

    Ok get LeBron.

  • NBA NEUTRAL OBSERVER

    Kobe fans will never accept LeBron James they rather go 0-82 than get LBJ.

    • LAL

      I would rather tank in 2015 to get top 5 pick than accept LeBron as a Lakers. Not a chance in hell.

  • Matt Williams

    No Lebron! No Melo! We don’t want them, we don’t need them.

  • J Taylor

    Sounds like a bunch of rich kids afraid to make a decision. “Let’s wait until we absolutely have to make a decision. Because, you know, we don’t want to close any doors…. this is such an important decision, you know?”

    Indecisive = dysfunctional.

    Sadly, I can say, this Ain’t Jerry’s Lakers any more.

  • NBA NEUTRAL OBSERVER

    Lakers will accept LeBron James with open arms but Kobe fans no way Jose.

    • Matt Williams

      You want a team hopping flopper on your team go right ahead. This ain’t just Kobe fans talking. Most Laker fans don’t want him here.

      • NBA NEUTRAL OBSERVER

        Kobe fans don’t want LeBron James on the Lakers.I have no idea what is the issue with a player going from team to team in this day and age in sports,it seems to happen all the time.Please tell how many teams the great legendary 3rd baseman Matt Williams played on yeah he was chasing a ring for sometime and he got the ring with the D-Backs?Just saying man i respect where you are coming from even though i am neutral about this LBJ talk.

  • Al Haldie

    Its JUST a RUMOR = a dumb one at best…

  • Rex

    So let me get this right the Lakers are going to be the landing spot so a big 2 of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony join up to create their own faction,ugh Kobe Bryant must be loving this it guarantees him 2 rings on the way out.WOW!

  • Larry Bird

    HAHAHA No way Lebron comes out of the closet and join the faggot Lakers! LOL

    • Mike D’Asstoni

      Lakers are not so bad.Larry Bird it’s been a honor and a pleasure sir.LOL

    • comrade24

      never knew Larry Bird was an ignorant bigot. i knew i hated the celtics

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I am in full support of whatever makes the Lakers better as a team.I am a Lakers fan that wants to see the team win right away and if LeBron James is the solution to the Lakers current struggles so be it lets get him if possible.I support my guy Buss.

    • LegendInMyMind

      He’d really have to be a die hard Laker fan to leave his situation in Miami for LA. James may opt out, if only to get a more lucrative and long term deal, and I’m sure both Wade and Bosh will accept their player options (because their contracts are EXTREMELY generous at this stage in their careers), but I see no reason why Miami wouldn’t do what they’ve done to this point, which is to pay those three all the salary and then look for savvy vets at the minimum so as to avoid too much luxury tax.

      The way the CBA is, no one’s stacking too much talent anyway. You can win with 3 players as long as one’s great and the other 2 are good. If Lebron opts out, expect Miami (who can offer him the biggest contract per league rules) to give him the maximum deal, out-bidding anyone else, even with Wade’s and Bosh’s suffocating contracts.

  • LegendInMyMind

    If Lebron were to opt out, I don’t think he’d join a rebuild. Matters nothing that it’s LA. This is just a rumor.

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

    I don’t like this rumor. LeBron jumping ship after this season would bring him another shit storm. Waiting on Free Agents to hire a coach could bite the Lakers in the ass if we miss out on a guy like Hollins. You can’t be upset if the girl you had your eye on starts seeing someone else because you were waiting until you got that sweet ride before you asked her out.

    Lakers, pull the trigger. Fill in the pieces after.

    • Lakers Fan

      Completely agree, and nice analogy.

  • SD

    I can understand the logic of the Front Office being patient…just in case a Melo opts out. I mean, there’s no guarantee you can get a Love/Kyrie etc this year or in 2015 so maybe you do go after Melo who has a great relationship with Kobe. I mean, you could always trade Melo lol

    This entire post made me roll my eyes though. Lebron is not leaving.

  • kiko

    hire george karl for melo or jeff van gundy and byron scott for kobe and lionel hollins for pau for head coach LA Lakers please

  • Dorian Holden

    Reading some of these comments I just shake my head. Tell me when you heard the Lakers trading for Steve Nash? Oh you didn’t huh!! What about the CP3 trade? Pau Gasol? Trevor Ariza? Oh what about MDA? Yeah we all hated it but all weekend it was Phil’s coming back and then shocked when we heard it was MDA!! The Lakers move in silence, there big moves are rarely advertised. This is a non story!! The people who have real connections with the team like Ramona Shellburne had been saying what we all suspect and that they know LeBron isn’t coming and they are waiting for 2015& 2016 to go to work.

  • LeBron+Carmelo=Rings

    Jim Buss plans on trading Kobe Bryant to the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony so Kobe can reunite with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom then the Lakers plan starts showing itself Carmelo comes via trade and then the Lakers sign LeBron James via free agency.LeBron+Carmelo=Rings!

    • Joe Haeberle

      What kind of fucking crack are you smoking? Cause that shit has your head all sorts of messed up.

    • karasoon4

      I can’t believe you actually got an upvote for your tweeking rant.

  • derekislegend

    I do NOT want LeFlop James to be in a Lakers jersey EVER…hes a great player but I don’t respect HOW he wins…he can keep his flopping, incessant crying to the refs, and his soft ass down in Miami…this is coming from a LAKERS fan not just a Kobe fan…

  • J Lee

    It’s time for the Lakers to either hire Magic or try to bring back Jerry West to run the FO. The future seems confusing and NOT too bright. Even Dr. Buss let Jerry West run the show before. Free Agents rather go to the Clips than the Lakers. I don’t think Jim Buss can rebuilt the Lakers to a contender any time soon.

  • Joshua McVey

    Although I would think he’d be more likely to return to Cleveland, I’d still love to see him end up with the Lakers. In my opinion, he is the best all-around player ever. I have never seen someone who can make just about anyone around him a much better player. Without James, Miami would struggle just to make the playoffs. And if Kobe were to become more of a facilitator at times, and let James handle the ball more while moving off the ball, Lebron will find a way to get it to him with some great looks. If Lebron can make average players look good (especially when you look at what he did in Cleveland), just imagine what he could do for Kobe, probably the best player of his generation. I know it isn’t likely to happen, but it’s sure fun to think about.

  • bec

    get Durant!!

  • Sam

    Lakers delay coaching hire with LeBron James in mind

    Oh that explains things now.

  • Lakers4Life

    Great news! Hope this is true, Miami loses to SA and we get a nice strong pitch at LeBron :-) Will be a great day to see the caliber of Bron and Kobe playing together, oh my!!!

  • Showtime818

    There is no chance in Hell he is coming to the Lakers! He has a good thing in Miami and are a championship caliber team and will continue to be for the upcoming years. Why would anybody just leave that when their on top of the league? It wouldn’t make any sense for him to leave even if they lose to San Antonio. That is why I ignore any rumor that says Lebron might be leaving Miami. He wants his championship given! while Lakers championship legacy is about earning!!

  • purp& goldpride

    Stop…LeBron isn’t leaving Miami. I believe these writers just want something to talk about, and since LeBron is playing in the finals, espn slurps him enough.

    And the Lakers should hire Hollins or Scott & move on.

  • TheTruthKills

    Smoke and mirrors. If we were serious about courting LeBron we wouldn’t have gifted Kobe $48 million. They would have held off on his extension and forced Nash into medical retirement. The only sales pitch we could have had was offering LeBron a blank slate and say he gets his pick of teammates and coaches. That’s the only way he would have even considered coming here.
    I would love to have LeBron in a Lakers jersey. Having the best player in the league and in the middle of his prime would be awesome. But it’s not happening; especially after the Heat complete the 3 peat this year. The free agent rumors get crazier by the day on this site.

  • k.

    THe NY Knicks are being restructured with the DNA from the Lakers heritage. That’s so strange.

    • BULL

      the Knicks situation now with Phil and Fish, should of been going down in Los Angeles smh

  • lakers4life

    I wouldn’t mind signing both Carmelo and james with the lakers along with kobe and nash…imagine that?

  • numb1lakefan

    its going to be a tough fight to get melo but lakers can pull it off…no to lebron

  • Marty Susman

    I can think of a dozen players I would rather see in purple & gold rather then James. As for Melo, if he leaves N.Y. it’s only because Phil wanted him to leave & Melo is NOT the player I think should be here in purple & gold.

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