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NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Waiting On LeBron James To Make His Decision

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The original belief was that Carmelo Anthony would make his decision either Sunday or Monday, but now it is Wednesday and no choice has been made. Now we may have an idea as to why.

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According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Ian Begley, Carmelo Anthony is delaying his decision until LeBron James decides where he wants to play:

A number of rival teams increasingly believe that New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony plans to hold off on announcing any decision about his future until LeBron James reveals where he’ll be playing next season, according to sources close to the process.

If this really is the case, Lakers fans could be in for a much longer wait than originally anticipated.

The thought is that once LeBron chooses his destination, Anthony will see if there is any chance that he could play with his friend. LeBron will meet with Miami Heat President Pat Riley today, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are working feverishly to convince James to return to Cleveland.

If he can’t play with LeBron, Anthony is believed to be choosing between the Los Angeles Lakers or returning to the New York Knicks.

The possibility of a prolonged wait is bad news for the Lakers. They seem to be willing to wait on Anthony’s decision before they make other moves in free agency and it could cost them many top free agents including some of their own.

The team has already lost Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar, and Chris Kaman. With players being able to officially sign on July 10, the Lakers will have no means of stopping players from going wherever they want.
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  • LakerSpartan117

    Fuck this…. I give up.

    • I HATE DAVID STERN 666

      Frank Isola @FisolaNYDN · 19m
      Carmelo told a friend within hour “I believe in Phil.” Thursday is decision day & it looks like Melo’s coming home

      • Jim213

        Was just going to post but FO better sign some players no matter what… Phil will make things happen but unless LJ returns to Cleveland the Knicks won’t be top 2 contenders anytime soon.

        • I HATE DAVID STERN 666

          Yeah i been out of the NBA and Lakers loop ever since a few months after the Chris Paul veto.NOW i am back blogging for day or two since this is a huge next few days in Lakers history.I am a longtime Lakers fan and i used to blog at ESPN before but i quit blogging when things got lame because of the hated David Stern.Yeah The FO is being black listed like outlaws they are black balling the Lakers IMO but that just me and my ways of seeing through the hypocrisy and double standard and sabotaging the Lakers are set up with from the NBA League Offices.

          • Jim213

            Seems so but not to argue FO should also know how the game is played. They may have pulled the trigger too soon at the time (CP3 deal). But this is more bad moves by FO that have left the franchise in a mediocre state (ex. Nash deal).

          • I HATE DAVID STERN 666

            True it’s been a domino effect like no CP3 so they get desperate and send 4 picks and money to Phoenix and then Bynum gets traded for a unhappy Dwight then Kobe gets hurt a cashes out anyways.Coaching hires were bad IMO.

            But the NBA is trying to do business without the Lakers being a prominent part of it as in they are no longet top priority the Lakers FO are being blasted in the media and all over the nation by hired sports reporters and the NBA TV keeps painting a ugly picture of the Lakers.The veto and other things hurt the Lakers chances of adapting to the new CBA and it’s just the NBA League Offices versus the Lakers.

            The Lakers are the most hated team within the inner circle of the owners and GM’s and it eliminates potential trade partners for a salary dump or anything else for that matter.

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        • Al Haldie

          Even if he return they still wont be as good as the BULLS or the CAVS. ONE MAN DOES NOT MAKE A TEAM.

    • comrade24

      New York Daily News Reporting that Melo will resign with New York
      barring last minute change. will let everyone know tomorrow. Seems like
      we’re out. Unless He can play with Lebron he’s going back to New York.
      This sucks! We better get started with Plan B before it’s too late. :(

  • JohnnyMac

    Then by all means, LeBron: go to Cleveland!

  • Badazztj12

    This is not a rumor. We already knew this

    • William Eston McCoy

      Its still a rumor because no one can confirm it. Steven A started this rumor out of some shit Melo said a yr ago lol

      • Badazztj12

        He really this Monday. Last year where have you been?

        • Jim213

          At best Lebron won’t decide until sometime next week. If that’s the case FO better no wait until then to start signing players. Bad for next YEAR! to pass up on good role players given they would likely have signed elsewhere 6-10 from now.

  • Dana Douglas

    The Lakers can’t wait past Thursday morning. If Carmelo doesn’t commit by then, the Lakers have to grab the best free agents they can. Build the best team they can without Carmelo (which probably also means without Pao), and build for two years from now, when Kevin Durant becomes a free agent. Build a team that needs only Durant as the final piece of the championship puzzle.

    As long as the team gets better each of the next 2 years, fans will be happy.

    • WouldYouLookAtThat

      Yea but the thing is.. will Durant sign with the Lakers in 2016? will Love sign next year? would westbrook sign too? Hopefully Lakers Land Melo… but im Good with monroe,parsons,thomas if they dont land Melo

  • Redemption Rain

    Hurry up and make a decision so we can move on and start rebuilding. Mitch call and ask Melo, you in or out? Give him an ultimatum, Lebron is going to take forever to make a decision, and now Melo wants to wait for him? LA is not getting both Melo and Lebron. This Melo drama is stupid.

    • Badazztj12

      Right now Melo is waiting on Lebron. Lebron is waiting Bosh. Bosh is waiting on Pat Riley (Bosh still wants the max from the Heat)

      • cyborgspider

        And neither player has the balls to stand up and decide for themselves what’s best for themselves, have to ride each others’ coattails.

        • Redemption Rain

          LOL Melo wants to play with Lebron, Lebron wants a max deal, LA can only offer one max deal. That’s what it seems like right now.

          • Al Haldie

            LAKERS have two max KOBE and if MELO wakes up befor the season starts….

        • Laker fan

          There 2 soft ass players. What can we expect. Either or they don’t choose la there not getting a ring no time soon.

      • Redemption Rain

        and Pat Riley waiting for his cubana torta……

  • Vince Staley

    I would give Carmelo a deadline of Thursday by 12 eastern. It becoming obvious that the Lakers are his probable 3rd option. We need to go get players that want to play for LA. You could probably sign 3 quality players for the same $, as you would be paying Melo. Our beloved franchise has definitely fallen ………………. Mitch- Please hire a coach, Shhh

  • anonymous

    So we’ll have Nash and Kobe and…and…that’s it?

    • Redemption Rain

      Does Robert Sacre count?

      • Badazztj12

        Marshall made him look good on offense last year. His defense is decent also

        • Redemption Rain

          Too bad Marshall can’t make himself look good LOOL

          • Badazztj12

            Marshall is good man. You guys say he cant shot. But I haven’t seen him get his shot blocked. He is a great passer, and excellent vison being so young. He may be flat footed but I heard he put on some weight and has been working on his foot speed

          • Redemption Rain

            All I see is playmaker with his assist and that’s it, he bricks shots way too many times and inconsistent with 3pts. He has no defense what so ever and averages only 9pts a game. The guy is almost useless if it wasn’t for his assist. I’m honestly tired of that scrub

          • Badazztj12

            The dude barely got a chance to even shot when Blake and Nash came back. Inconsistent 3pt shot? The dude shot above 40% from 3pt land which is great for a nba player. He was leading the lead in 3pt% once by the way or have you always just worry about the negative not the positive? Then he says he is trying to get better? You just don’t like talented players. Lol no one ever question Nash when he once had a inconsistent shot coming into the league.

          • Redemption Rain

            He was leading the 3pt% only averaging 9pts a game. That is not impressive. Hell he could avg 60% from the 3 by taking 2/3 shots. Not much. He’s negatives out weight his positives.

            The positives= good passer/play-maker
            The negatives= bad shooter, avg only 9pts a game, and bad defender

            Yeah not much, I honestly don’t understand why you are over vauling this scrub, Young, Meeks, and Farmer were WAY more productive bench players. I can see why Steve Blake was a back up for Nash, Jordan Farmer replaced Steve Blake when he got traded, and Marshell a back up for Farmer LOL. I wish the Clippers took Marshall instead of Farmer.

          • Badazztj12

            Lol not gonna argue but watch how he gonna make you eat your words comng up this season. By the way who you think Lakers may get at pg since Farmar gone?

          • Redemption Rain

            He better, my argument still stands. He was one of the least productive players from the bench. He better prove me wrong this season otherwise he should go back to the D-League.

          • Badazztj12

            The way he did last year and still wants to improve, I don’t see. Go watch his highlights on youtube from the D-league. Trust me you will change your mind about his shooting

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            No defense of how good a player is should include, “Go watch his highlights on youtube from the D-league.” There’s a reason he was in the D-league, and it wasn’t because he’s a great shooter. Every shot he puts up is basically a 50/50 chance of going in, and they’re ALL wide open.

          • Ken

            I agree that set shot he shoots is awful.

          • LAstory

            That actually wasn’t why he was in the D league… but that’s really not the point, Marshall is going to be a better player, this is 2nd year getting any real playing time…so we will see what happens… Lakers letting Farmar go tells me a lot.

          • Badazztj12

            “Every shot he puts up is basically a 50/50 chance of going in, and they’re ALL wide open.” That’s not a defense to your argument. There is also a reason why he didn’t get the minutes on the Suns to show what he can do. Oh wait they had Dragic and Bledsoe running the show

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Steve Blake

          • Badazztj12

            You want to improve a team with a old steve blake and we been complaining for the longest to get younger?

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I want veteran leadership at the PG position, especially if Melo joins and we have two ball-dominant players on the team. Blake can play, and he wants to get back home to LA.

          • LakersOverEverything

            I’d rather Marshall grow with them than Blake. Blake is only a better scorer, which is something we won’t need. We could use Marshall’s court vision with all the scorers on deck

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Blake’s a much better defender and leader.

          • Badazztj12

            What if Melo don’t join? Only choice is to go young

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            If Melo doesn’t join, then I’d consider seeing what we have in Clarkson. Spend the money on the front line, because we already have 100 guards.

          • Ken

            Clarkson>Marshall

          • Redemption Rain

            I’m willing to bet on that, hopefully Marshell can prove me wrong. Watching him played last year pisses me off.

          • Ken

            Marshall is just a D-League player that MDA used correctly.

          • Badazztj12

            We haven’t even seen this dude play yet in this league. We cant put too much faith in a second pg. Second round blossoms only come around in every blue moon

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            And without ever seeing him play, I’m already convinced we have a better chance with him than Marshall. Marshall can’t shoot. He can’t defend. He has great vision; that’s it. He MIGHT be one of the top 50 PGs in the NBA. And all of a sudden people are talking like he should be the starter… smh

          • Badazztj12

            You are convinced but you should wait until he plays before you get your hopes up. Pretty of college stars come in this league and fail

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I have no hopes about him. I’ve never seen him play college either. I just can’t imagine him being much worse than Marshall.

          • Badazztj12

            Keep on with opinions about Marshall. Watch him do work this year. I am done talking about this. its pointless to talk about a player (Marshall who has proven he can play and willing to get better in the NBA. There aren’t any facts that he wlll be better than Marshall in the NBA, so you cant prove me wrong. I’m Out

          • LakersOverEverything

            I gotta agree with badazz on this. 9pts/game really isn’t bad at all when you consider he had no training camp, is a true pg (which you’ve been saying you want), and was less than 4th scoring option. It just wasn’t his job to score. Besides, he has plenty of upside, and why do we need more than 9pts from him if you have kobe, melo, gasol?? 9pts, 8-11asts would be outstanding from him on that team.

          • Redemption Rain

            Ummm he had training camp. He was with us the whole season and was under D’Antoni’s training camp. Both you and Badazz are right that he wasn’t the scoring option, HOWEVER you cannot brag about his 40% 3pt shooting if that’s the case. Saying he is a good 3pt shooter is not much when he only avgs 9pts a game. So you can’t use that argument on why he is a good player. The only upsides he has had is his assist. That’s about it. Badazz should know I never liked Marshall, that’s one of the first things we talked about together.

          • Badazztj12

            I am not saying he is a straight 3pt shooter but he is a pass-first pg. Why you think Nash has a high 3pt% every year. Pass-first pg’s always take less shots, and Kendall Marshall is already looking better than nash in second season

          • Redemption Rain

            You can’t compare LA Nash to Marshall……Marshall is only 1/4 the player Nash was in his prime

          • Badazztj12

            Its what pass first pg’s do. They take less shots and he is only getting better with experience. Nash could have been teaching him new tricks this offseason. He already said that he been take pictures of him during his pregame workouts last year, He wants to be Nash. He wants to mod his game after him

          • Badazztj12

            You see what you said? Marshall is 1/4 the player Nash was in his prime. Marshall haven’t even got into his prime yet

          • LakersOverEverything

            You can’t use it to say he’s a GOOD shooter, but you definitely can’t call him a bad shooter. His defense can definitely get better. He’s really just a slightly less athletic Nash. And to be quite honest, I’ve never understood how nash got by with his lack of athleticism, but he’s proof that it could be done. And what training camp are you referring to? We picked Marshall up mid-season

          • Redemption Rain

            Nash was a good shooter, especially from the 3. But yes I can say he is a bad shooter, Here are Kendell’s FG% from his last 2 seasons with LA

            2012-2013 FG% 37.1
            2013-2014 FG% 40.6

            Yes he “improved” but 40% is a bad shooter, you cannot deny that. All I see is his assist, His 3pt% and 9pts a game is a wash, they both cancel each other, and he is a bad defended. I stand by what I said, he is not impressive.

          • Badazztj12

            Its takes time to improve to when to shoot and not shoot. he already makes pg’s pay for going under screens. Farmar is also a turnover prone. Kendall has wayyyy better ball handling skills than Farmar also

          • Redemption Rain

            Say whatever you want about Marshall, but in NO WAY he is a better basketball player then Farmer. Kendell’s stats speak for themselves.

          • Badazztj12

            So you mean to tell me you would rather have a turnover prone pg, in which turnovers have been our problem for the last 3 years

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL this is funny Marshall averaged 2.8 turnovers a game last season and Farmer averaged 2.3 turnovers last season. This argument is over. Farmer beats Kendell

          • LakersOverEverything

            40% is not good, you’re right on that. However, from what I’ve seen, he doesn’t take many mid-range shots. His 40% has more to do with botched lay ups than it does actual jumpers, IMO, which would make him a bad finisher, rather than bad shooter. He can improve on that. He’s a cheap option, and with the right starters around him, I’d keep him to balance things out, and run the offense

          • Redemption Rain

            Bad finisher or bad shooter, the ball ain’t going in. I have seen every Lakers game last season and also check up on each players stats. Marshall was disappointing. Fyi he averaged 29 minutes per game with those FG%.

          • Badazztj12

            Stats don’t mean nothing when a floor general can make your guys better on the floor on offense. Defense cant be taught but he is only getting better and I would love that out of a guy who is a very cheap option for us right now. If we get Byron Scott. Image what he could do with Marshall?

          • Redemption Rain

            You can’t say stats don’t mean anything, sorry. Stats is how you evaluate players. Marshall makes other players as you said, but he doesn’t make himself better. And don’t speak of the future, because we don’t know the future, were talking about what he has done, and so far the stats speak for themselves.

          • Badazztj12

            You speaking this dude will is still a D-League player. You talking about me speaking of the future. We haven’t even seen how much he improves

          • Redemption Rain

            I speaking of the stats he has given us as a NBA player. Those stats shows that he sucks LOL. So Idk how I’m talking about the future when everything he’s done isn’t impressive. And now you assuming he is improving next year, that is talking about the future because I could say that he is slumming down next year. Hell he turnsover the ball way more then Farmer after I checked both their stats.

          • Badazztj12

            You also didn’t check minutes played. Marshall played 29 min and Farmer played 22 min. He played less min and was close to Marshall in turnovers. Don’t that seem strange? Farmar cant even stay on the floor. He keeps busting his hamstring. At least Marshall can stay healthy

          • Redemption Rain

            OMG yes I did read the comments again, I did mention minutes. But you acted like Farmer is a turnover machine, isn’t Marshall a turnover machine if you think Farmer is that bad? Not going to lie your arguments are getting weak.

          • Badazztj12

            hmm Marshall is a passing pg who had 8.8 assists with 2.8 turnovers. Famar is a scoring pg who had 4.9 assists with 2.3 turnovers. Sure my argements are weak lol

          • Redemption Rain

            Yes it is because you said Farmer is a turnover machine. Is Farmer any different then Marshall when it comes to turnovers? Your argument is weak because you exaggerated Farmer’s turnovers compare to Kendell’s. I am still taking into account of both of their mins on the floor btw. As I said all he does is assist. Can’t shoot (poor FG%), can’t defend, his 3pts and 9 points a game is a wash. So yeah that’s it.

          • Badazztj12

            So you wouldn’t have a guy who does want to improve his and still is young then can keep him for the future. Our a guy you have to risk every night hoping that he doesn’t get injuried. Injuries has already been killing us if you was paying attention. Sure keep using stats but what that has to do with a guy who can improve and wants to improve his game. He only played two seasons. First season a bench rider and second season playing half a season without training camp. He then had to go back to the bench when Nash and Farmar came back. Which made his min go down. Mike D was only going for people who had the hot hand. He couldn’t just wait for Farmar to have a hot game to start him over Marshall

          • Redemption Rain

            You exaggerating again. EVERY player on our team was injured at some point last season. You can’t even go there, that includes Marshall he was injured too. That injury argument against Famer isn’t going to cut it, Young, Meeks, and literally everyone had missed a game. You are defending Marshall on his short comings by telling me he was benched playing with the Suns or how he didn’t have training camp, but haven’t explained why I am wrong. The argument is whether Kendell is a good or bad NBA player. I listed his stats, you listed his excuses.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Lol alright man. I see we’re just going to disagree with Marshall until he proves one of us wrong. I think we both hope it’s you that’s wrong tho

          • Redemption Rain

            Agree, but hopefully he proves me wrong. Otherwise I want him back to the D-League.

          • LAstory

            He was with the SUNS in 2012-2013- came to the Lakers in 2013 and didn’t play a full season with the Lakers…

          • Redemption Rain

            That is still stats from his NBA career. Just because he played for another team doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore it.

          • Badazztj12

            Being a bench rider for the Suns and starting HALF of the season with Lakers does make a difference

          • Redemption Rain

            What difference is that? He still avg. 29 mins a game of 50+ games, that is more then enough to show us what he is capable of. Ever wonder why the Suns let him go in the first place?

          • Badazztj12

            You mean to tell me he didn’t show what he had to do on a shrub team? Hope you know that they got rid of him because they had Dragic and Bledsoe last year I you didn’t notice. Just saying….

          • Redemption Rain

            The Suns are better then us, if they are a scrub team, then what makes us? Marshall is a point blank scrub unless he can prove otherwise.

          • Badazztj12

            We are talking only about Marshall. You keep talking about teamwise. Just like mention below. Only talking about is Marshall good/bad player. By the way I mention scrub team because he didn’t have many options pass to like the options the Suns have

          • Redemption Rain

            Yes we are talking about Marshall, but you bring up Farmer’s injury? SO are you going to say Mashall was better then Young or Meeks because they were “injury prone” look up Farmers injuries, he had two of them and those injuries were listed as “day to day” injuries. So your injury argument against Farmer to defend Kendell is weak. The injuries Farmer had was minor. As I said you have explain why Kendelle is a good NBA player, only listing excuses for him. Can’t shoot, can’t defend, just a passer. That’s it.

          • Badazztj12

            Yea Young and Meeks injuries where day-day. You really think two torn hamstrings will be a day-day injury?(Farmar)

          • Redemption Rain

            LOl ok you got me on that one, but using Farmer’s injury to support Kendelle is wrong. You could easily make that argument against Meeks and Young. Oh and let me quote you on this

            “By the way I mention scrub team because he didn’t have many options pass to like the options the Suns have many options pass to like the options the Suns have”

            If you are referring to the Suns as scrubs then what makes the Lakers? If the Lakers team is scrub, then what is Marshall? I stand corrected Marshall is a scrub, if your willing to call the Lakers roster last season as scrubs.

          • Badazztj12

            lol and you got me on that but we were talking about Kendall Marshall and then Farmar got in there. Lets just see how it will play out Friday (Kendall and Clarkson) Make sure you be Lakers site Friday so I an give you the live stream link

          • Redemption Rain

            Friday what time? I got work in the afternoon, as a matter of fact I got to get going in 20mins LOL

          • Badazztj12

            lol I will let you know tomorrow

          • LAstory

            Marshall was not in the Lakers training camp, he was with Delaware.. they didn’t even pick him up till after X- Henry got hurt… we will see whats up with him during summer league which starts Friday… looking to see all them play.

          • Redemption Rain

            Just checked up on that, you were right.

          • LAstory

            Just give him a chance… I am a Carolina boy who is a LA transplant… I hope he worked on his shot and defense… he doesn’t have a guaranteed contract so summer league will tell a lot… especially if they pick up Isaiah…

          • Redemption Rain

            Hopefully I am wrong, but my opinion on what he has done so far, still stands.

          • Badazztj12

            Like LAstory said. The dude didn’t even was with us in training camp. He came like half in the season and still produced

          • LAstory

            Great observation on Marshall, his court vision is crazy and playing with Kobe, Melo (possibly) his asst ave will absolutely go up, playing with better scorers on the court and playing with those two will give him even more open looks…

          • Al Haldie

            Well you would have to go befor him -he shot 399 from behind the line – he had to many shooters on the team with the green light to shoot and who was going to get them passes when they were open—you have been out in the rain too LONG….

          • David

            If his defense was good then it would make up a lot for his lack of shooting and offensive game but due to that fact rele gate him to be a backup PG in this league.

          • Redemption Rain

            True

          • Al Haldie

            Last yr marshal played 54 games- 29 min per-fg % 406 3pt % 399 ast. 8.8 ppg 8 … What did he do so wrong that everyone is down on him—-watch the games befor you jump in….

          • LakersOverEverything

            He was actually defending Marshall….

          • Badazztj12

            Yea its takes time (experience) to know when to do something in the NBA. He did all of this on a shrub team while only playing 29 min? He is looking a to 3 pick right now.

          • PlayerHaters

            i dont think those people were even watching the games smh i see potential in Marshall. Not an All Star but he can definitely turn into a solid PG and i actually watched all the games last season
            Farmar just cant stay healthy and Marshall can, sorry but thats just the truth

    • 3339

      Randle. Clarkson

  • AC

    Screw this man!!! Just go and sign Bledsoe and Deng to contracts… let those 2 play together in New York or whatever… this is taking FOREVER. LA is gonna run out of good qualtiy FAs to sign if they just keep waiting and waiting.

  • mikemike

    The Lakers is bullshitting jim buss fucking up the lakers going to be sorry because they losing all their good players

    • Jeff

      well said. when do you get promoted to 2nd grade?

  • Reggie

    Lakers are screwed.Watch that fat ass Jim Buss pursue Dwayne Wade.LOL FML!

    • Jeff

      oh boy.. just be quiet

      • Reggie

        LOL hey boy this is getting out of control but i will shut up just for peace and harmony.Like my momma told me if you ain’t got nothing good to say then don’t say nothing.Silence is golden.

  • michiganlaker

    i’d start contacting other quality free agents and begin the process of building a competitive team. we will lose out on some solid free agents during the Carmelo waiting period. i’d rather have 3 solid free agent signing than to have Carmelo eat up all our cap space. we need to move on now.

    • Jeff

      can you really build a competitive team with what’s out there right now? Sure you can get 2 or 3 second tier free agents but that won’t put the lakers in a serious winning position.

      • LakersOverEverything

        That’s what I keep saying. Sure, we can get better, but nothing short of landing melo will make us actual contenders

        • PlayerHaters

          Thats true i agree with you too. Lets not forget that 3 other teams are currently in the same situation as the Lakers. Lakers ARE NOT the only ones playing the waiting game. They just dont understand the business aspect of the game

        • kookiebuger

          Melo wouldn’t make the Lakers a contender, he will eat up most of the cap space leaving the team with not much cap room to get a bench.

  • Tyrone

    This Lakers FO is a big mess as it stands now,what is this a 10 year rebuild?

  • Black Belt

    So what lets still try to get other free agents.What is the problem with the Lakers?

  • Black Belt

    Shit just got real.

  • Cool Mans In LA

    Stupid ideas the FO has their head so far up their ass they are in a black hole.This is a no go.So move on and get P.J. Tucker and Chris Bosh.

  • 3339

    next we’re gonna here Lebron say he’s waiting for Melo to decide first
    this is such a joke and the Lakers are wasting their time with these guys.

  • CORKY CARROLL

    I agree with all of you that are saying we can’t wait forever. We need to be able to pull the trigger on Plan B as early as Thurs morning if need be. And we need to pull Pau in on that if possible. The window will close on guys like Stephenson, Ariza, Thomas, etc. etc. We can be a really good team with these kinda guys to go along with Kobe, Pau, Randle and our other rookies… A sure growth team. If we wait and lose out of both James and Melo and all the rest of the best FA’s are already off the table….. THEN WHAT? Hopefully everything will clear up today after James meets with Riley and we get some answers. Waiting kills us worse than any other team. I am getting an ulcer awaiting news…. or at least bad gas which is irratating my wife…. and that is not good. GO LAKERS

    • AC

      Exactly what I’ve been saying, sign guys like Bledsoe, Ariza. Deng, Thomas etc. and bring back our bench and we have a competitive team…and we get YOUNGER!!

    • Redemption Rain

      You said it my man! And I have been perching this for so long. Melo wants a max deal and also wants to play with Lebron. LA can only offer Melo a max not Lebron. Neither us or Miami can offer max to both players. Right now those two are spinning in circles while the NBA waits for their decision. Start with Plan B and try looking for superstars in next years free agency. Hell Durant is better and younger then Melo.

      • LakersOverEverything

        It’s cool man. I’m starting to think lebron just wants to wait til the night of first day signings. Isn’t that what he did last time. I think we’ll have some closure on this by Friday morning

  • Swaggy C

    This is a game of which team cracks first. The Mavs cracked and don’t believe they can get anyone, The Rockets are possibly moving towards looking for Bosh but still need to probably unload J.Lin, Chicago just don’t have much to give. So now its down to NYK and us. But I do agree that the time is ticking and that PLAN B should be moved swiftly and as quickly as possible. Lets say the lakers have about 22 ish if Melo doesn’t come. I think that 22ish can put a playoff contending team with signing multiple players like a Pau, Monroe, Stephenson, Ariza, Young, Thomas. I dunno if we can sign all those guys, but it definitely looks a lot more of a well rounded team than just signing Melo.

    • kookiebuger

      Ariza stated he wants something around 12 million, Stephenson turned down 8-9 million with the Pacers, Monroe is a restricted free agent same with Thomas, and Pau might be looking at a contender (Spurs). Realistically the Lakers might get 2-3 of these players.

  • Stu

    Ya Carmelo is not coming.

  • sena

    i’m very sick of that…that’s already enough.carmelo and leflop make a decision immediately.!!!!

  • sena

    i think one is just a waste of time if melo wats to play in LA so let it be lebron there also.if two of’em so yes we agree if not we must give up!!!

  • Chick Hearn Fan

    One thing i loved about Chick Hearn was how honest he was about the Lakers he was never a fucking homer or a troll all he was is honest about the Lakers.Chick Hearn was objective and he never was a homer or a liar he was a realist and a great guy to listen to when you needed the truth about the Lakers,he always told it like it was with no BS or sugarcoating he told it like he saw it.

    I wonder what Chick would say about the current state of the Lakers?

    Me personally am done watching this crap for the Summer i will be back for pre-season and the regular season but i don’t have the TWC channel so i hope TNT or ESPN or ABC show some Lakers games.Do you guys think they will be on National TV much if they have a non playoffs roster and a mediocre coach?Like say no Carmelo and no big free agent names how many games will they get on TV?

    • Badazztj12

      You do know you can watch it livestream online right?

  • sena

    i am sure they had already made their decision but they don’t wanna say it eraly.oh man announce it now what will happen?nothing goes wrong.i can’t understand this type of players!!!!!!!!

  • wangkon936

    Our odds of getting Melo just went down from “small but hopeful” to “statistically insignificant.” I say we go full steam ahead on Isaiah Thomas and Lance Stephenson.

  • roseducanna

    I never saw a GM slow like MITCH. Right now can not sign any player .

  • purp& goldpride

    Move ON….would love to have melo, but not at the expense of other potential great fits. We need a roster. Ariza, Stephenson, thomas, deng, Monroe…let’s get the ball rolling

  • Al Haldie

    And all this waiting is costing us good players that cant wait-lets go onward and upward and start out now…..

  • sena

    i have a theory for that.i pondered that if he is really waiting on lebron,then lebron wants to play in LA , it means that melo didn’t sign the contract lakers offered.if he would have signed it,lebron couldn’t have come to LA.this is one theory.other one is they both team up in knicks.because of that phil wants to clear cap room.there is no other thing gonna happen except this.melo and lebron team up in la or in knicks…can u understand it guys???u feel me? what a dream!let’s see what happens.lastly cavs has no chance….as for me

  • purp& goldpride

    And how wack is this? Supposed “superstars” waiting on each other?

    • LakersOverEverything

      Right! This need breed of “superstar” is disgusting! You didn’t see Patrick Ewing running to play with jordan

      • LAK3R4LIF3

        That’s the ’90′s….they like to “Compete” , It’s the new breed….they like to “Mingle”

  • Byron

    For me it’s always been about getting Chris Bosh we need a big stretch in the offense and i also believe Chris Bosh is a great low post inside the paint player if a offense is designed for that which the Lakers will design a low post offense for Bosh and he can go back to his Toronto style of play with even more added low post scoring.On the Lakers with the right coaching Bosh is a 20 and 10 guy.

    But Mitch won’t sign him plus Houston has the inside track of signing Bosh and we are losing Pau Gasol most likely.We might tank next season yes if Mitch and Jim keep striking out.I am livid at some people.

    • akivisuals

      Why would we tank? You do realize that we’re giving up that pick to PHX from the Nash sign and trade right?

      And as far as Bosh goes, why would you put a max contract into the PF position when you just drafted your future PF in Julius Randle?

      The Lakers need a center, SF and maybe a PG unless they think that Marshall or Clarkson will eventually step into that role.

      • Byron

        Sorry for the delay i was talking fielding calls about a job opening as a GM of a corporation anyways i want Chris Bosh for the center position in this day and age he is a perfect center the days of the big man are different nowadays and Chris Bosh fits the bill he is a stretch big man and can nail 3 pointers and play inside and out.And he is perfect for teaming up with Julius Randle as he can stretch the floor if needed for Randle to play low post on offense.Bosh also can play low post and he is the best pick and roll defender in the NBA.

      • Yaya

        The pick is top-5 protected. So it makes sense to tank, but they’d have to do it well. Not like this year. Lol

  • Joey Torres

    this is taking so long make up your mind already.

  • Ryan LeBraun

    Carmelo isn’t waiting for LeBron’s decision to find a way to play with him, wherever he goes. Financially, it won’t be possible since both will only accept max deals. Carmelo just doesn’t want his own decision to be overshadowed by LeBron’s. So, after twitter blows up over LeBron’s decision, afterwards, Carmelo gets to have his time to shine on twitter.

    • sena

      this is just ridiculous.are u kiddin’ me?carmelo could make his mind before a week so it couldn’t be overshadowed by lebron’s.there must be a reason for that.and the reason is that they both team up in la or knicks there is no other explanation of that.

      • Ryan LeBraun

        Tell me what team has the salary cap space to sign both Lebron and Carmelo to max deals, $20.7 Million and $22.5 million (and teams that they’d actually sign with)

        • sena

          phil is clearing cap room for both and they wil make a paycut or in LA they are waiting on steve nash then they both receive specific amonut of money but not max coz kobe is out there and even pau can sign with la that time la could be a real championship contender besides that in knicks it is difficult to say they can reach to playoff they lost felton and chandler they haven’t got a good roster a promising one.anyway u gonna no other way

          • Zimmeredge

            A hahahah stoud 23 and bargnani 13. Phil is a genius blahblah blahblah who’s going to take those guys!? Clear what cap. He can’t trade them.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Miami has room for both

          • courtney harris

            If bosh doesn’t sign and we assume wade actually takes a significant pay cut

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            The Heat don’t have to offer Bosh a contract. Also, I’ve shared elsewhere that I think the Heat might sign-and-trade him to Houston. Wade will take a significant pay cut as long as there is still a championship-caliber team around him.

          • courtney harris

            I think we are sorta saying the same thing. The only way they can get melo and bron is if bosh doesn’t return. No need in a sign and trade when he can just sign to houston (granted they clear room for him) the lakers need to look into getting Omar asik in some form of a trade. That would be awesome to me.

            But they also wouldn’t have a big man (Miami)

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Asik can’t be traded again anytime soon. But I think a sign-and-trade might happen for Bosh because it may be the only way Houston can get rid of Lin’s contract.

          • courtney harris

            Even if they trade Lin they wouldn’t have enough to offer bosh the reported contract. Last time I saw, they also needed to move asik

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            They’ve already agreed to trade Asik to the Pelicans.

  • joe23

    Melo can’t lead a team and he can’t be a leader in a team.

    We need to move on lakers.

  • Adam Lee

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……just wait….when it happens it happens. No point getting worked up all over it.

  • Zimmeredge

    The free agency is a selfish process.

  • Zimmeredge

    Media rumors talking shit as always.
    It can only happen in la, suns and Miami. Riley does not want to break the original big three. Suns can offer them both great contract and then Lakers maybe a bit tight with cap Space.
    New York… It’s impossible…. Be realistic melo.

  • dayton

    Mitch Jim work mysterious. Nash and randle are close to bein traded. Randle no rookie deal yet? Free up more money for melo and Lebron. But honestly melo to lakers Lebron to cavs

  • Andy L

    No shit Sherlock? This is really breaking news… What kind of exciting news will you bring us next? The Los Angeles Lakers are in – Los Angeles?

  • courtney harris

    Like stephen a smith said.. It all comes down to bosh and if he signs with Houston

  • Lakers Fan In Disbelief

    Shucks ESPN was right again if Carmelo doesn’t come.I am going to start believing them and take off my purple and gold homer glasses.This changes the landscape of the NBA for several years upcoming.Hire a coach please and pretty pleast.

  • Daniel

    All this sounds really pathetic. I am die hard lakers fan, but I also admire what the Spurs have accomplished in the last decade. And if there is a pattern in that is there are no Diva’s in the team, yes a few very good players and some good supporting cast, but no BS players.
    So why are we going in the opposite direction? I know LA is LA, and you need a star even for marketing purposes, but come on.
    So, leave these two DIvas, alone and sign some good players and start working to set up the base of a long term champion, not a 1 or 2 run show.
    I might be the only one thinking this, but that is it.

  • sena

    it seems randle could a gun for us in offseason.we are the craziest and funnest club in the world!

  • Kier Clinton Buladaco

    if u want a ring melo come to mamba.!

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    I just read a report saying that Stephen a smith had reported that Carmelo would make his decision in the next 24 hours (barring what happens with LeBron) and he said that he would be “shocked” if it wasm’t the knicks. So all signs appear on Carmelo returning to new York but anything can happen I suppose

    • courtney harris

      Well he is an insider and stephen doesn’t make comments like that out of his ass. We shall see

    • Floyd

      Carmelo tweeted a positive reflection on New York legend Derek Jeter the other day and yes he will stay IMO.

  • David

    I knew this was coming a long time ago that they will start back to square one.

  • Jeremy Brown

    Is not Lebron….Lebron waiting on Bosh to get the picture and go to Houston so Melo can come to Miami!

  • Julio

    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak should be fired if he can’t sign one of the following Carmelo Anthony,Chris Bosh,Lance Stephenson,Eric Bledsoe,Chandler Parsons,Greg Monroe.Yes fired because even the worst crappiest smallest market can get one of those guys to commit even the worst GM in the NBA can get a good free agent with proper cap space and funds.LA is a huge market and the Lakers have tons of money and funds and they can’t land a top free agent that is a guaranteed GM problem,yes the Lakers seem to have a very bad GM that is being let off the leash because Mitch landed Gasol in a shady deal other than that he has done nothing but suck at his job.Kobe saved his job for the last 14 years.It’s time to put up or fire him ASAP.It’s a crucial time for a once proud franchise.DO IT MITCH!

    • PlayerHaters

      You exaggerate way too much smh the Cavs are worse than the Lakers and they dont even have the slightest chance of signing either one of those aforementioned names. And i understand your frustration but seriously?? “Kobe saved his job for the last 14 years”???? Dont be ignorant man

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      First off, don’t include Bledsoe, Parsons, or Monroe on that list. They’re all restricted free agents, and their current teams can match any offer they receive. Bosh has only expressed interest in the Heat and Rockets, so I wouldn’t include him on the list either. So you’re going to say the GM who has led us to four finals appearances and two titles in 11 years should be fired if he can’t convince Melo to take $30 million less than he can get in New York or decides not to outbid everyone for Stephenson? I’m sure glad you’re not my boss.

  • William Eston McCoy

    I swear lakernation knows as much as the average Laker fan. They watch TV and troll twitter looking for info just like all of us commenting lol

  • Phil

    Sign a good player Mitch i double dare you no i triple dare you Mitch The Bitch.

  • DKWTTY

    I’m tired of these divas and these dramatic antics they keep pulling. If Melo doesn’t make a choice by Thursday night then sign some young players for the future.

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