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Lakers Rumors: Team Still Trying To Set Up Meeting With LeBron James

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On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers met with Carmelo Anthony at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. With the franchise prepared to offer a max contract to Anthony, the Lakers are also still trying to set up a meeting with LeBron James’ representatives according to Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan:

While most feel James will ultimately remain in Miami, it has also been reported that the four-time MVP is ready to explore the market. As a result, his agent has already met with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Houston Rockets.

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For the Lakers, they are in a difficult position. While the ideal situation would be to sign both LeBron and Carmelo this summer, it appears they may have to move on fairly quickly from James to avoid missing out on their secondary candidates.

With Kyle Lowry re-signing with the Toronto Raptors, the team is expected to pursue players like Chandler Parsons, Trevor Ariza, Greg Monroe, and Channing Frye.
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  • kookiebuger

    LeBron clearly isn’t interested he’s not even going to any of these meetings he’s sending his agent.

    • Terrell

      If LeBron James decides to play for The Lakers this is his team.
      Lakers With LBJ
      PG Jordan Clarkson
      SG Kobe Bryant
      SF LeBron James
      PF Julius Randle
      C Pau Gasol

      Heat With LBJ
      PG Shabazz Napier
      SG Dwayne Wade
      SF LeBron James
      PF Udonis Haslem
      C Chris Bosh

      You tell me which team is better???

      • kookiebuger

        Well the Heat do play in the East and can coast most of the year compared to the Lakers with a lot of scoring potential poor defensive frontcourt and a questionable bench.

        • Terrell

          Same shit it looks like the same basically IDK.Maybe i side with the Lakers for rebounding because Gasol+Randle are known for being rebounders.Defense i give Miami the edge because i like Udonis and Bosh better on defense.PG that is a wash with both being rookies some non insiders like Shabazz more because he was a public figure while Clarkson was busting it in small gyms and putting up great numbers and he has the measurements and speed to excel as a athletic big point guard at the NBA level.Kobe versus Wade it’s Kobe for me by a landslide.Scoring Lakers trump the Heat with Kobe+Pau+Randle+LBJ.

      • TheTruthKills

        The team that has gone to 4 straight finals with the same core.

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          • dukes

            This really work.

      • Christian

        you forgot to add carmelo to the lakers roster..

  • nash gots to go

    he is not going anywhere, but putting Riley on the clock.

  • GOD Chri$$$

    A Lebron – Kobe – Gasol Trio would be a lot better than a James – Broke knee wade – Mediocre Bosh trio, so i don’t see why he doesn’t look into it. It doesn’t make sense unless he somehow plans to get to houston which i can’t really see happening. Lebron should seriously consider this as a viable option to him. But there is a negative to this situation, he would be playing in a stacked west conference, but with the return of rose this season it’s not like the east is going to be as easy as it has been in the past and it’s no longer a free ride to the finals, especially if Anthony goes to the bulls. IMO the west has bigger flaws in their contending teams, OKC lacks down low and hasn’t been able to find a way to score easily off the bench, HOU’s defense is sub par, SA might finally be old enough to not compete, with duncans numbers expecting to decline and Ginobli coming off surgery. + The lakers are starting from scratch just like the heat and should be considered an option to Lebron with a starting guaranteed 4 of Gasol, Kobe, James, Randle

    • kookiebuger

      I’m sorry what? His biggest competiton in the East is the Bulls (if Melo goes there and if Rose can return to MVP status) and the Pacers (if they play they way they did before their collapse) compared to OKC,Houston,Spurs,Clippers, and 2nd/3rd tier teams in the Warriors,Trail Blazers,Memphis,Mavs, potentially Suns, potentially Pelicans, and potentially Nuggets. The Heat can coast the 1st and maybe 2nd round in the East in the West it’s a non stop battle plus he wants a max which would leave the Lakers without a bench.

      • GOD Chri$$$

        The heat team would lack, wade is breaking down, bosh is no longer the player he used to be. The heat would not have what it takes to beat a bulls or a pacers team this time around.

        • kookiebuger

          That’s again if the Pacers play like they did before the last 2 months of the seasons and if Rose can return to MVP form/stay healthy and if Melo signs with them, they lack a go to scorer outside of that who is their biggest competition, the Raptors?

          • GOD Chri$$$

            It doesn’t matter about the other talent, in the west some top tier teams are going to be eliminated in the first round, it’s not like they’re playing all those teams. First round assuming we get a top 3 seed, EASY, EAAAAASY for the trio of kobe, james, gasol, the only team that really has a chance against the trio is OKC. and with sefolosha gone their lockdown defender on kobe is now gone, and their perimeter defense got a lot worse And maaaaybeee san antonio but i really believe they’re done truly contending. They’ll make playoffs but i don’t see them making a serious run.

          • kookiebuger

            You have to stop being biased for a second and ask yourself this how will Kobe play when he returns? Can he stay healthy? Can Gasol stay healthy? Will father time get the best of them? Why would LeBron join the Lakers? The Bulls play in the weak East and offer him a better team. Who would be on the team’s bench? Who is going to protect the rim? Will they truly be a contender in the West? The playoffs is difficult in the West compared to the East, the Lakers won’t go through all the above teams I listed but they will meet 3 of them in the playoffs and the rest throughout the year. What about the Guard situation? Do you expect Kobe to guard Westbrook,Paul,Curry,Lilard, Jrue,Bledsoe, Parker, Rondo, Irving, Lowry, Rose, Wall, Beal, DeRozan,Harden,Ellis, Lawson, and Dragic all year? Can he keep up with them all year? There are a lot of question marks with this team that’s why I don’t expect Melo or LeBron to join the Lakers I prefer that they rebuild but won’t for whatever reason.

    • SirHambone

      Rather have Kobe – Lebron – Carmelo

      • GOD Chri$$$

        Yea me too, but i don’t think the lakers have the cap to pull it off. The FO ruined that chance by offering kobe 24m contract.

      • LakerJ

        How? How do you get Melo and LeBron with 30M available to spend? What about the rest of the team? LOL!

    • mattyb

      Broken knee wade? Kobe literally broke his knee and had a torn achilles. So i think Wade has an advantage here. Nice try though..

  • Swaggy C

    Why are we wasting our time with visiting an agent! Its like when you apply for a job that isn’t hiring. They dump your sh*t in the pile with the rest of the applicants. We shouldnt be just leaving a message to agents and players, right after the Melo meeting, we should of blocked Gasol from meeting with the Heat, we should of set up something with Monroe, Thomas, J. Hill, Young, and starting add players. Hell, we should of added a coach already!

  • Have

    Mitch is reportedly on a plane to Cleveland right now to meet with LBJs agent tomorrow per ESPN

    • Terrell

      Are you serious?Where can i find that news sir?

      • GOD Chri$$$

        reported by espn 16m ago

        • Terrell

          Oh ok i been here working on possible lineups with LBJ included for both The Lakers and The Heat fun stuff,so i missed that news.Thank you for the Breaking News Update.

  • Lakers Fan

    I think in the end, we will end up without either LeBron or Melo. If, and when, we miss out on them, we are screwed. Melo wants to win, and win now. Let’s be honest. Chicago and Houston looks WAY more attractable than the Lakers. Melo has said time and time again he don’t care about the money anymore. Even after saying that, we turn around and offer him a max contract thinking that will lure him here. Lets say we do get him and retain Pau. Who will we have on the team outside of Kobe, Melo, Pau, Randle? What money will we have to sign anybody else? Better yet, who will play any form of defense? If we offer Melo the max and resign Pau, there is no way we are signing Stephenson. So that idea is out the door. Outside of those 4 players mentioned, the only other players we have is a 40-yr old Nash, a 2nd screen center in Sacre, and a PG in Marshall who does nothing else but dish out assist(and who could have just been a product of MDA’s system). We don’t even have a capable roster to pitch to Melo let alone LeBron(WHO IS NOT COMING!!). When this is all said and done, there will be no FAs left on the market and we will be assed out.

    • LakerJ

      I think you’re spot on with this post.

      • Lakers Fan

        I’m glad some agrees and understands. The Lakers are selling themselves short. This could have been possible if they hadn’t of offered Kobe that contract, but what’s done is done. A better roster could have been built that would have appealed to either LeBron or Melo. As we are currently constructed, there is no way I see use getting anyone of them. Some of the delusional fans in our fanbase will never fully understand basketball outside of this organization.

    • rival

      When was the last time Chicago houston or network won a title? When was the last 2 times the Lasker’s won 2 championships?

      • kookiebuger

        It doesn’t matter when they last won, what matters right now is the roster the Lakers can only offer Kobe, Nash,Marshall,Clarkson,and Randle.

        • rival

          Win titles we will my young padded one. With our without melo

          • kookiebuger

            Duh but I don’t see how anytime to soon.

          • rival

            That’s what sperates you from me and jerry west

          • kookiebuger

            lol, if you say so.

        • Andrew

          What about Pau?He might comeback right?

      • TheTruthKills

        It doesn’t really matter who won last. It’s about who’s winning next.

      • Lakers Fan

        The better question should be when will the Lakers win another championship, and why Houston and Chicago got a better chance of winning a title before the Lakers in the next 3-5 years? The past is the past, so stop living in it. The present and future is what matters.

    • TheTruthKills

      Spot on. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll probably say it a million more times: If we strike out this offseason we have no choice but to go into full rebuilding mode. Kobe’s window will officially be slammed shut (if it hasn’t been already) as the team will look towards life after mamba.

      • Lakers Fan

        Agreed. In all honesty, they slammed that door shut when they offered Kobe that contract. If Kobe would have declined that offer and taken a pay cut(around 15-17 mil for the next 2 years) like Dirk did with Dallas then we stretched Nash’s contract, we would be in a position to possibly get Melo and/or LeBron and still be able to build a competent roster. Now they are trying to throw a max contract at Melo, but Melo doesn’t care about the money. When they were sitting around waiting on Melo and LeBron, they should have been either resigning players from last year who proved their worth or trying to improve the roster to make it appealing. If Melo or LeBron don’t sign with us, we will be in for another long season.

  • myJasper

    LeBron should jump at the opportunity to play with Kobe while he is still around, and then inherit the league’s golden franchise from him.

    • Gekko

      I think it is time that everyone needs to come to grips with the fact that Kobe is hurting us more than helping us. 1) It seems there is a consesus around the league that nobody that is an all star wants to play with him. 2) His contract is enormous. 3) He is old in basketball terms and there is a lot of questions marks about whether he can still perforrm. This pains me to say, but I thinkj we are in for a three year rebuilding period if you count last year. Expect more lottery picks, not titles.

  • rival

    We can offer melo or bron something other teams can’t, champiinships.

    • LakerJ

      Hmmm? Bron just won two with the heat we haven’t even made the finals in the last 4 years.

      • rival

        How many has melo won? Out of the last 6 season Lakers have won championships too it’s who we are you must not be a laker fan

        • LakerJ

          I’m a Laker fan alright. I’m also realistic. You said Melo and LeBron, if Melo wants to win a title, he may have a better chance with Houston or Bulls. Unless the Lakers get Love this season, Melo and Kobe alone won’t be enough even with Gasol on the team. That’s my humble opinion of course.

          • TheTruthKills

            Don’t worry about it man. Around here realistic Lakers fans are considered fakes. Literally every time you bring up a valid or realistic point/shoot down someones pipe dream someone around here instantly calls you out on your fanhood.

          • rival

            How cute sorry to interrupt but can you guys answer the question I put out on the table up top

          • TheTruthKills

            Answered already

          • LakerJ

            Sad but true.

          • rival

            What’s sad is that to both of you guys the only way we can win right now is if we get melo or Bron you underestimate the greatest organization

          • LakerJ

            Are you saying that the Lakers have deliberately not won a championship in the last four years. The Lakers were the greatest organization under Dr. Jerry Buss, now it remains to be seen. And yes, without Melo or LeBron they don’t stand a chance next year. At the end, I will stay a Lakers fan no matter what, but to say that we can win a chip next year without one of those two, well, I’ll put my salary on that one.

  • rival

    Kobe should pay gasol 10 mil to stay

  • LakerJ

    How badly do you think Kupchak regrets the contract he gave Kobe right about now?

    • rival

      How bad do you think it’s going to hurt you to see Kobe get another ring?

      • kookiebuger

        With what? I like Kobe as much as the next Laker fan but we don’t how he will play or who will be on the roster at the start of the season.

      • LakerJ

        Hurt me? I’m a Lakers fan first and foremost. How will Kobe win another ring? Not with the Lakers, not unless LeBron or Melo join and they sign another star.

      • Ollie Holliewood

        I would love to see Kobe win another ring or two or three or four or five or six or seven lol ha ha ha LeBron esque.

    • TheTruthKills

      Can’t change it now. Mitch, Jim, Jeanie, and Kobe made their beds.

      • Zimmeredge

        And if melo and bron opted out is most certainly to get that Max contract Kobe has right now so it was smart move. They send a message by saying Lakers until the end of his career? You will receive your money anyway. Not coming to la even if we give the Max? No problem your team will be forced in giving you just that and they will be screwed.

  • VillainKing

    It’s better to have Melo in L.A. Lakers..

    • Ronnie

      Either player is fine.LeBron>Carmelo.4 time MVP and 2 time champion.
      and 2 finals MVP.Carmel 0 of those important things and LeBron better defender and unselfish team player a great passer and playmaker.

      • VillainKing

        Lets be real, Lebron isn’t coming to the Lakers the biggest probability and chance to happen is the Melo deal..

        • Ronnie

          Neither player said they are going anywhere but call me crazy yes LeBron James is easier to convince than Carmelo.I won’t tell you why but i will say LeBron is a rebel without a cause and he is unpredictable in his decision making and very spontaneous he makes sudden decisions without warning and they have a huge impact without him thinking twice he does whatever he wants just rewind the Decision show on ESPN and he was sudden with his answer staying true to his rebel ways as all of Cleveland hated him after that decision his own hometown and state he was born and raised and he rejected there max offer and fled to Miami.

          He has loyalty to himself and he loves new challenges and experiences and please don’t ever sell the Lakers franchise short we always are on top in every era we put out great teams and we do win championships it’s the Lakers long lasting history and we get major league players from other teams dating back to Wilt and Kareem that far back and we will continue to rise above all the BS and negativity and doubt and disrespect and flat out hate and jealousy.We loyal Lakers fans keep on keeping it real.It’s going to be EPIC next season and beyond.

          The Lakers are 16 time champions for a reason they are the cream of the crop and above all they have the pride and system of winning championships in place.

          • VillainKing

            Ok, but Lebron will not coming in the Lakers..let see what happens in this Melo and Lebrom rumors..

          • Zimmeredge

            We are going out on those, one of the two. If we do not land them then the idea is that by offering them Max contract, other teams will have to do the same and it might limit their options moving forward. If knicks give melo 129m over 5y and same for lebron How heat and knicks are they going to build a team around those guys ;)

  • rival almighty

    OK let’s have a real conversation fuckers. Let’s say we don’t get Bron melo or gasol. Can a top 3 western conference team be put together with whatever class A freeagents are available?

    • TheTruthKills

      No. If we miss out on the players you listed the team has no choice but to start a full rebuilding process.

      • rivak

        So let me get this straight you think we signed Kobe for all that $$$$ so that we can rebuild around him?

        • TheTruthKills

          No, but unless Melo or LeBron are walking though that door they’ll have no choice but to start rebuilding from scratch. Kobe is great, but he’s not winning anything on his own or surrounded by B level players. And next summer’s free agent class is starting to dry up. Kyrie is off the market, Aldridge and Love soon will be. And the summer after that Durant is the mother of all long shots. The team has no choice but to go into rebuilding. If Melo or LeBron doesn’t sign, Kobe’s window will be slammed shut. Kobe wanted his money and he’s going to get it at the cost of his championship window.

          • zara fawn

            you are so right about this – I have lost some respect for Kobe for this – he already has more money then he could ever spend in a lifetime!!!!

    • kookiebuger

      It’s called rebuilding, eit occurs through the draft or free agency. Emmanuel Mudiay,Jahlil Okafur, or Stanely Johnson would be great draft picks next year or trying to pick up a Greg Monroe,Eric Bledsoe, Lance Stephenson, maybe even Evan Turner can be next building blocks for the future instead of relying on a 35 (going on 36) Kobe Bean Bryant coming off a major injury who has been out for nearly a year 1/2.

    • rival almighty

      Look nobody hates Kobe’s contract more than me but it’s how the Lakers take care of one of the best players of all time if anyone deserves it it’s him and so long as he’s on the team and the name in front of the jersey says Lakers, championships will always be realistic. He deserved a year off no ones played more games than him trust me mamba is not done winning rings

  • truth24

    Ugh Channing frye……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Adam Hedrick

    The lakers team right now is Kobe Randle Nash .. Three ?, I’m not worried about Kobe though , I’m confident Randle will be good, , Nash is old put his production when he played really wasn’t bad. So we got tons of room to add.. I say bring back Bynum , resign swaggy p, we can get both cheap. Sign melo, and chandler parsons… Then sign a veteran like a Paul pierce … We have the money

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I’d be 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

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I would be very, very 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

  • Aaron Edwards Hall

    Since when is coasting to easy victories in professional sports the goal? Wow we are a WEAK generation that wants everything easy way to everything. You see
    where that got the heat this year. 15-2 and then……..BAM 1-4. So who cares if they coast. Besides if you had the best player in the world and the former bester player in the world on the same team and healthy…..NONE OF THAT WOULD MATTER

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