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Life After Dwight: Sources Say Lakers Seek LeBron, Melo, Kyrie, Love

Can't Hide Forever LeBron!

Can’t Hide Forever LeBron!

Life is earnest, life is real and Dwight Howard was not its goal.

Yes, there’s life after Dwight, even with Jim Buss and Mike D’Antoni, with Phil Jackson limited to tweeting bemused comments from Playa del Rey.

Cutting to the chase, here’s the Lakers’ target list:

2014

1. LeBron James
2. Carmelo Anthony

2015

1. Kyrie Irving
2. Kevin Love

(That’s as far as I’ve gotten. Come back next week when I do 2016-2100.)

If there’s no assurance any of the four will go anywhere, the Lakers aren’t kissing off rotation players like Earl Clark to save every penny of that $55 million in cap space for role players. None of the four are unrealistic. Sources say for any who decide to leave, the Lakers now figure as one of the two likeliest destinations. To take the obvious question first… am I delusional and/or whoring for attention?

No more than usual, I don’t think.

If Bron is the longest shot, the things that would have to line up are within the realm of possibility.

A) Miami fails to three-peat with the Big Three, on less-than-max deals, eligible to opt out.
B) At 32, oft-injured Dwyane Wade isn’t quite D-Wade any more.
C) The Cavaliers, co-faves with the Lakers if James leaves, according to a Bron insider, have a bad season.
D) The Lakers exceed their minimal expectations. With half their fans rooting for a tank job, making the playoffs would do.

I assumed Heat Pres. Pat Riley would keep Bron by hook or by crook… but reporting–talking to people on the ground– means finding how little your preconceptions mean.

This is what I was told:

Heat insiders hardly think in terms of “not six, not seven” titles James crowed about on arrival. With the injuries to Wade and an aging roster, the question is if the team reaches three. Are you ready for Pop Mode in Miami? After using up so much of themselves in their 27-game winning streak, which Wade limped out of on a sore knee, look for the Heat to conserve their key players as if they’re Gregg Popovich’s ancient Spurs.

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“Home” for James is still his compound in the Cleveland suburbs where the fam spends summers. As opposed to moving to Miami, he’s adding onto the compound. Bron just donated $1 million to renovate the gym in his high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary, which is not only nice for the kids but gives him a state-of-the-art facility to train in during the summer.

With opt-outs in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2014, James doesn’t have to decide next summer.

However, if he leaves, his peeps insist he won’t care what he makes or who he plays with except as it bears on one thing: winning titles.

As for the others….

Olympics: Basketball-Men's Gold Medal Game-USA vs ESPCarmelo Anthony—A free agent in 2014, less would have to fall in line to bring him to the Lakers.

Try:

A) A disappointing Knick season. They started warming up for that last season, after starting 18-5.
B) Bryant, who has a big-brother-little-brother relationship with Melo, shows he can still play and re-ups with the Lakers. Bingo! That’s a 50% shot at Melo, at the very least. I’m not a big fan of Melo, who can really play but, stuck in post-adolescent mode, doesn’t always. On the other hand, with Kobe riding his big butt, that’s different.

Next, Kyrie Irving could try a Chris Paul-like power play as a 2015 RFA.

No young player on the rookie scale has turned down a max extension since they changed the rules in 1998.

On the other hand, Irving wasn’t brought up to be like anyone else. An insider notes, Kyrie was “raised from the crib to be a basketball savant” by his father, Drederick, a Boston University star in the ‘80s. Unlike James, who stayed seven years and tried to the end to get someone like Wade or Chris Bosh to go there, Irving isn’t from the area. The Cavaliers are on the clock and know it—hence the draft of NBA-ready Anthony Bennett instead of the missing big man they’re now seeking.

With a talented young roster and high hopes comes the realization they can’t screw up this season before trying to extend Kyrie next summer. Irving’s frustration with the Cavs is already showing, acknowledging being “disinterested” in one loss, causing a local furor by skipping out on Fan Appreciation Night ceremonies.

“If he says ‘no, thanks [in 2014],’ it would create a major firestorm in Cleveland,” wrote Bob Finnan of the Northern Ohio Morning Journal. “All this will become an issue next season. Time goes faster than you think.”

Finally there’s Kevin Love, a free agent in 2015. Suspected by Minnesota fans of hoping to bail for the Lakers before that.

All of this could happen. None of it has to happen. Every day in an NBA season is like turning one notch on a kaleidoscope, bringing up a whole new image. Everything rides on things that have yet to happen, with the all-important Last Thing That Happens farthest away.

Nevertheless, there’s little doubt outside Lakerdom that players will still come, as long as Jim Buss pays in American currency, like his father.

They’re still the Lakers. If you don’t believe it, see what it says on their uniforms next season… and what happens after that.

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Mark Heisler, 2006 winner of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, writes for Sheridanhoops.com, HoopsHype.com, TruthDig.com and Huffingtonpost.com, as well as Lakers Nation. | Follow @MarkHeisler

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  • butterfield

    God, I loathe self-entitled, spoiled Lakers and Celtics fans…

    • Alexander D Great

      Say’s the guy on a LAKER site. LOL the irony…

    • Julius caesar

      Why are you even on this sight then

    • ra

      ah! another hater joining us on ‘our’ site. Thanks! Now you can see how much the Lakers fans love their Lakers. You obviously are more curious about that than spending time rooting for your own team.

      Welcome! and remember, the more you hate, the more we love.

  • Hendrix2012

    I dont want Lebron James. let it be known

    • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

      No one cares about what you want. It doesn’t need to be known. The only thing LA cares about is winning championships. Get over yourself. Lebron will be the best player on the market.

      • Hendrix2012

        Suck my 9 1/2 inches. I can say whatever I want. Its called freedom of speech bitch.

        • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

          Why are you telling me about your endowment? Like that’s supposed to impress me? I know you’re a laker fan and you probably live in California, which is all for gays, but I’m not gay dude. Thanks for the offer. Why won’t you go screw your cell buddy. Lol everything you just said proved that you are a narcissistic piece of crap. Lakers don’t care about your bullshit opinion, they care about getting #17 and so forth. You can hate lebron all you want you 14 yr old, but if he brought more banners to LA, everybody would love him and start comparing him to magic.

          • Bron is the Man

            Nicely done.

          • Hendrix2012

            Sorry didnt mean to make you feel so small. I know it sucks being you little man.Kmsl! Btw..I don’t live in LA and Im not narcissistic Im just better than you. I never said that anyone had to care about my opinion but it is my opinion and Im free to say whatever I want! I dont like LeBron and I never will. You started with me dude so you can kill yourself. Another thing..Im 31 not 14 little man.

  • Jim213

    No team depth, ain’t going to happen… we’ll be lucky to attract someone like Chris Bosh with this lousy management.

  • johnlee

    KYRIE 2016 PLS. he will still be younger than the other players mentioned in the article. he can be the face of the franchise for a good 5 years if he decides to stay long-term

  • Giovanni Thomas

    lakers do a sign and trade lebron to who ever get Andrew wiggins i want that guy on lakers . get rid of dan dummy

  • Giovanni Thomas

    let jennie and phil run the team cause jim buss is nothing but a bar hopper

  • jay

    Forget Lebron/Melo….Go for Lillard/Drummond/Cousins/Monroe/Irving

  • ash

    No Lebron, please.

  • nick

    Yeah, after forcing his way to hometown NYC, Carmelo will decide to leave for LA. NYC is an even bigger market than LA and Carmelo is “the guy” there compared to being second fiddle to Kobe in LA. Plus, in 2015, only one year later, Raymond Felton would be the only player still under contract, giving the Knicks infinitely more flexibility than the Lakers.

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