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NBA Rumors: LeBron James More Likely To Leave Than Carmelo Anthony?

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With free agency underway, the Los Angeles Lakers have already met with Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James’ agent. While most believed Anthony would be the star likely leaving his team this summer, it appears that has changed according to ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Despite losing in five games to the San Antonio Spurs in this year’s Finals, most assumed James would remain in Miami especially after the Big Three all opted out. The thought process was that they would all take pay cuts once again in order to sign another high-caliber player like Anthony or Pau Gasol. However, James and Chris Bosh are reportedly seeking max contracts.

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While James has been extremely quiet during this free agency, his agent has already met with numerous teams including the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Houston Rockets. All teams are intriguing destinations and it appears James may actually leave in pursuit of winning more championships.
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  • LakerSpartan117

    Spencer Hawes was just signed by the Clippers. Apparently they
    won’t have the cap space to resign Deandre Jordan next season, or at least if
    they do they will be in the luxury tax. So I just had an idea for what the
    Lakers next lineup could be:

    1) Forget about Melo and Lebron. Not worth the asking price and
    will put the Lakers in a bad spot cap-wise for years to come.
    2)Sign Lance Stephenson & Isaiah Thomas to decent contracts (convince them
    to sign decent/cap friendly contracts, so that they can make a huge splash next
    year)
    3) Sign Swaggy P and other bench players (X, Hill, etc.)
    4)Wait until next year and go all out for Love and Jordan

    Potential starting 5:

    PG) Stephenson
    SG) Bryant
    SF) Randle
    PF) Love
    C) Jordan

    Love is best suited for the perimeter, while Randle is better in
    the post creating matchup problems for other SF’s. Isaiah Thomas will come off the bench and we can move Stephenson to SG, so Kobe can get considerable rest during games. Stephenson should be the starting PG because he was the best playmaker/ballhandler in Indiana, he could penetrate and create offense for others. Kobe is a better ballhandler (by far) then Paul George, and wouldn’t turn it over as much when Stephenson makes the pass.

    I know it’s crazy, but the Lakers have done it before and the only way to sell an idea is to have it in place.

    • Redemption Rain

      Stephenson can’t play the point, you’re getting the roster mixed up in different places. Love is not available in this years free agency its next year, only way we get love is though a trade and that’s not happening right now.

      LA starters that we should be aiming for
      Pg. Thomas or Bledsoe
      Sg. Stephenson
      Sf, Kobe
      Pf Randle
      C. Pau or Hill

      • LakerSpartan117

        If you read my post, I specifically said in bullet labeled “4″ : Go all out for Love and Jordan NEXT YEAR…
        Please read before replying to something, very important life lesson.

        Now back to your post = NO… Kobe should not play SF ever again. Nowadays SF’a are huge/athletic monsters who would put too much pressure on Kobe defensively. Possibly getting him hurt again.. I and every real Lakers fan would never want to see that again. Pau is terrible on defense, slow-footed and got out-rebounded by by everyone who played against him.

        Sign-and-trade him somewhere where they can get assets, we owe him that much. And Bledsoe is restricted and injury-prone, Thomas is the more realistic option since the Kings signed Collison, which means Thomas is expendable.

        • Redemption Rain

          Well your post isn’t of any use if you thinking about Love when he is only available next year. Lance can’t play the point, he is not a floor general. Its that simple. If you want Lance on the team, Kobe HAS to play the SF, unless you want to go with Thomas at the point and have Ariza or Deng at SF. Randle is staying as a Pf, he is not a SF. Remember post a roster that is going to be for THIS coming season. Baby steps dude, baby steps.

          • LakerSpartan117

            There’s no rules against posting a roster for next year, especially since this season doesn’t look like its going to be any different from last year. This upcoming year is all about getting a new core assimilated for next year where we make our splash. I honestly believe that if you learned how to dribble a basketball, then you can learn to do anything within basketball.
            Being a floor general can be learned, just like shooting a J or defending the post. Its all learning.

          • Redemption Rain

            Lance is not going to learn how to play point, not going to happen, you want to waste a season just so a player who doesn’t play point can learn to do so? Might as well ask Pau to be a SF if we can’t find one and move Hill to Center LOL. We have to thinking about NOW, because what we do NOW, dictates the events in the future. We build a strong core of reliable young players NOW, we will be able to attract guys like Love, Durant, and other kinds of all-stars. However if you are thinking about next season instead of this you can forget about free agents sign with us if all we have is scrubs from the D-League.

          • LakerSpartan117

            You just reiterated my point from the last post, making it look like that was your point all along. Congratulations! You can’t read efficiently/accurately or create your own ideas.

            And the way you highlight, NOW, makes it seem that your intention is to win NOW. While rebuilding for the future. Sorry but it has to be one or the other. My plan is to get a few young guys like Stephenson and Thomas, rebuild the bench with guys like Young and Hill, and find some diamonds through Summer League (Clarkson and Kane).

            All of this creates a better looking environment for guys like Love, Jordan, and Durant. Boom.

          • Redemption Rain

            No you don’t understand my point, we want the same players but you want to put these players into position that they don’t play at. Your starting 5 position isn’t even for this season, its for next season, so what is our starting 5 this season? Its unproductive and in regards to NOW, when did I say we are wining anything NOW? I am saying we need to improve our roster NOW so we can have a better chance of success in the future. Now you are seriously misinterpreting my comment, congratulation.

          • LakerSpartan117

            My scenario does improve the roster NOW. Thomas’s defense is not very good, while Stephenson has a bigger body and better foot speed. He’ll be able to stay in front of the better PG’s in the West. Thomas is better off the bench and would eventually move into the starting 5 during games when Kobe get’s his rest.

            My point: Don’t worry about this season, just worry about the money for next season’s additions.

          • Redemption Rain

            Yes Stephenson can guard point guards, but your starting lineup implies that he can play point, guarding a point guard is not the same as playing a point guard. I agree with you on Thomas’es defense, I would love Bledsoe, but as you said its highly unlikely we get him. This is where we are at a disagreement with, we have to worry about this season because if we don’t improve and impress other stars, they won’t sign with us even if we have the cap space. Kevin Love can easily loss games with the Wolves so he doesn’t need us for that. I think if we made steady improvements NOW, we can set ourselves up and improving our odds for next years free agency, that’s my point.

          • LakerSpartan117

            I’m not suggesting we tank the season, so that we can retain our draft pick. By all means stay competitive and show that they can compete with the best in the West. i agree with you, I’m just a little weary of adding too many pieces that could hinder our cap space for the bigger fish next season. I would add an cheap option at SF this season like Wesley Johnson or Michael Beasley, that way my scenario still works.

          • Badazztj12

            Lance did not come into this league as a pg. He is a sg. If he was a pg, he would have far more ball handling. You saying like because you see something getting nice passes and assists doesn’t mean there a pg. Kobe came into the league as a sg. He had to work on his pg skills skills. He said in 2012 if he was a pg, he would have been the best because he would put his mind into if he wanted to. Lance is not fully a pg, he is a sg with pg skills just like Kobe.

          • LakerSpartan117

            You don’t have to be a pure PG in this league anymore (unfortunately for how low this game has sunk), you need that ball handling playmaker who can make the pass but still put up 20 ppg and rebound. That’s what Stephenson can do. If Kobe worked on his PG skills down the line during his career, don’t you think its best Lance does the same only now. He can become skilled where Kobe didn’t do until later in his career. Even though Kobe was setting people and handling the offense down the stretch during the Shaq-Kobe days.

          • Badazztj12

            Lance had 14pts 7reb 4asts last year. That doesn’t mean by what your saying that Lance wants to be a pg. He is a sg when you have everyone else look him

          • LakerSpartan117

            If he played PG in college and on the Pacers then I’m sure he would have a problem playing it again. What you are disputing can’t be answered by you are I. How would we know what he wants to play? Unless he came out and said I do or I don’t want to play PG, then your point in invalid.

          • Badazztj12

            He can play pg but dude you want him to be our main pg and that’s just not gonna happen. Why wouldn’t Pacers put him as there pg on the board? Oh because they had George Hill play point and when you see guard pg’s in a game. That’s because he is either a star pg and that pg is snapping that game. He is 6’5 and only other pg that starts with that height is MCW because that’s he has better ball handling skills and pg skills than Lance. Lance wasn’t coming into this League a good/great player he had to work on his game and still has to

          • LakerSpartan117

            Ok half of your post was unreadable, so I’ll just reply to the parts I could understand. The reason George Hill was playing PG for the Pacers was because of his 3-point shooting. But if you compare the two, Lance was the better player all around.

            Lance’s numbers: 13.8 ppg/ 4.6 apg/ 7.2 rpg/ 49% FG/ 35% 3-point

            Hill’s numbers: 10.3 ppg/ 3.5 apg/ 3.7 rpg/ 44% FG/ 36% 3-point

            Lance should have been the PG, and like you said. He can work on his game and become better at that position.

          • Badazztj12

            Unreadable lol seems like you understand when I said why would put George Hill there at pg instead of Lance. I done with the conversation because this wouldn’t happen anyway. You can have the last saying but I will left with something to say. Why wouldn’t Kobe been a pg if he had worked on it? He was a sg will ball handling and could play make. I know you read my comment above just by passing but its ok lol.

          • LakerSpartan117

            ” Oh because they had George Hill play point and when you see guard pg’s in a game” or “That’s because he is either a star pg and that pg is snapping that game”. Or how about this “He is 6’5 and only other pg that starts with that height is MCW because that’s he has better ball handling skills and pg skills than Lance”….

            Your comment was either filled with unfinished thoughts or you didn’t proofread it. I could understand some of it, but the rest sounded incorrect (grammer wise). Who is 6’5? MCW is 6’6.. George Hill is 6’3… You must be talking about Lance. Ball handling and PG skills are skills that can be learned, you’re not just born with them. He can work on them. And the size factor helps with being able to block shots or alter them. Dante Exum is the same type of player. Case closed.

          • VillainKing

            Stephenson’s position in high school and college is a combo guard he can play both PG/SG..I like your suggestion buddy!!except Julius Randle because he is a natural Power Forward..

          • Badazztj12

            By the way (if you know your Lakers History) Magic was a PG for his whole career(includes high school and college) He was the one of the best guy’s in the Nation at the time coming out of high school because of his ball handling and size. No college wasn’t looking to use him at his natural position except Michigan State because they wanted him that bad. They took the chance and look where it got him. Winning the national championship against bird and being drafted by the Lakers.

          • LakerSpartan117

            My mistake, but he still developed all those skills didn’t he? He began to make the passes, because he was a scorer in college.

          • VillainKing

            Wow if we tank this coming season we can burn the Phoenix Suns in our top 5 protected pick in 2015 NBA draft then we can draft players like Stanley Johnson, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jahlil Okafor to pair with Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle..heheheh..

          • rival

            Have you seen the pgs we’ve had over the last 18 years? If smush parker played pg for the Lakers trust me lance Stevenson can do it.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Thank you

          • jeremy

            i know where not the magic but hey look who they played at PG Victor Oladipo. so if lance has the IQ then he can play PG and what could it hurt. sure he might struggle but they would be alot better on defense

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL one does not compare Smush Parker to Lance Stevenson. Westbrook plays the PG as well, but he is best suited to play at SG.

          • rival

            Who’s? Comparing them? Like I said, you suffer from selective reading.

          • Redemption Rain

            You are dumbass,

            “If smush parker played pg for the Lakers trust me lance Stevenson can do it.”

            If this comment isn’t comparing Smush and Lance, then I don’t know what is.

          • rival

            Stevenson would be a valuable asset to have specially for the Lakers. It dosen’t matter that Wikipedia says he’s a 2 guard. The point is that’s he’s a utility guy that can help in 3 positions

          • James McGill

            Technically Lance was the point guard he had the ball in his hand more than George Hill did…he can pass the ball and gets alot of his teammates open shots and he gets his self open shots so I believe he can be the point guard

          • Redemption Rain

            That’s not my point, Kobe can set up plays and pass the ball too, but Kobe has always been a SG. It seems like its JUST me, but I want a true play maker and a floor general that makes a living dishing the assist.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Not trying to butt in, but while that is a nice dream, realistically, there just aren’t any PGs available (not many period, honestly) that fit that description. So why not lance? Lance can play the position, and will cause size mismatches often. It could definitely work in the lakers favor, depending on other pieces. Lebron isn’t a PG either, but if he came to the team along with melo (big dream) I would have him play PG.

          • J Taylor

            Lance can play the point. He did in college. And is a decent passer. He’s a combo guard…..

          • Redemption Rain

            I don’t like combo guards, look at Westbrook as an example, some times I think that OKC should move West to SG and Reggie to PG, I think its a bad idea to have Lance at point. Kobe is the same thing, he is a capable passer and play maker, but I would not put Kobe at the point, we need a true PG at that position that scores less and creates opportunities for his team.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Putting him at the SF doesn’t help him either.

          • Redemption Rain

            Kobe has stated before that he is capable of playing the 3

          • LakerSpartan117

            Just because he’s capable of playing that position doesn’t me he should. And he shouldn’t. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with SF’s nowadays.

          • Redemption Rain

            Same could be said about Lance playing the point.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Actually there is a difference. Lance is 12 years younger than Kobe.

          • Redemption Rain

            So? Kobe hasn’t rely on his athleticism in years. He has adjusted his game even before he got his injury.

          • Badazztj12

            He trying to act like there is no such thing as team defense. If we do get Lance he could guard Lebron, PG, Durant, and maybe Melo. That’s about it when it comes to fast SF’s

          • LakerSpartan117

            Don’t know where you read that I don’t what team defense is, but its nice to see someone come to his defense. OH WAIT!!!! TEAM DEFENSE!!!

          • LakerSpartan117

            So you would still risk him getting re-injured again by guarding a position that’s not his own, just because he did it before he got injured?

            I’m glad you are not in the mix for the Laker’s next head coach.

          • Redemption Rain

            He didn’t get injured for guarding a SF idiot, he got injured when he was guarded by Thompson a SG from the Warriors. He can play SF dip shit, I think you should learn something about basketball, and he wont be injured if you control his minutes. LOL face it you just want Lance to be a point guard and Randle play SF, putting peaces of the puzzles that don’t fit. If we get Lance its Kobe that’s going to SF, not Lance he is way too small to play the 3 and he is not a natural at the point guard position.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Ok you finally attacked me, we’re done. You know you lasted longer than I originally thought you would. I guess logic doesn’t really suit you, and to think I actually believed there might be someone who could argue with someone else on the internet without vulgar insult.

            You’re pathetic, and you only proved rival right about yourself. You hear what you want and try to spin it off like everyone else is the dumbass, when you sir are the at fault. In communication, we call that an ambusher. One who waits for someone to say something wrong (wrong in their head anyway) and then jump all over them. In your case, you’re an ambush extreme who uses rude remarks in his attack.

            Oh and for the record, I know Kobe got hurt when making a offensive move on Klay Thompson, I was sitting there watching it Live. Horrible moment for me and millions everywhere to watch a legend putting his team on his back. Shooting those FT was historic…. Again we are done.

          • Redemption Rain

            Take at look at yourself asshole, I talk to you nice and calm and you and I quote.

            “So you would still risk him getting re-injured again by guarding a position that’s not his own, just because he did it before he got injured?

            I’m glad you are not in the mix for the Laker’s next head coach”

            Sorry but you should take you own advice before insulting someone, Rivial didn’t prove shit, you going to belive a delusional idiot that has fantasies of every super star playing in LA? LOL sorry rival is one person and fellow commentators here such as BULL, independentbynature, and vidogg have stated how stupid he is so you saying otherwise doesn’t change anything. I’m not surprise to see you think what you actually think, you like rival are a bunch of idiots that doesn’t know how the NBA works, you are the reasons why other sports fans thinks that we are idiots. Good day sir, I think I am going hang with the non-dellusinal Lakers fans on this site like BULL, independentbynature, and vidogg.

          • Chrmngblly

            Well, I AM in the mix for Lakers’ next head coach—sure, I admit I am a sleeper candidate NOW but if only a few more established coaches take other jobs or turn the Lakers down, they will be calling me. It’s only logical…:-)
            First, Kobe is going to play the 3 a lot this year, depending on the matchups and game-time situations. Second, Randle will ride the pine and play the 4 on the second team depending on if the Lakers land either or both Melo and LBJ. Pau will come back, Nash will be healthier and will play restricted minutes with Marshall and one of their draft picks. If Isaiah comes over, all the better, that could change.
            I would love to have Lance, but we have to hear from Melo and LeBron first.

        • rival

          I like it, this redemption rain guy is too funny, he thinks everyone’s comments and ideas are lame and only he has all the answers lol. He always adds words to your comment to try and start a disagreement. ” love is not available this season” lol way to go captain obvious

          • LakerSpartan117

            Its ok, I don’t mind a good argument. He’s not attacking me so we can still communicate effectively.

          • SirHambone

            I have to agree with R.R. No way do we play Randle at small forward. Not only would it showcase his non 3 pt. shooting ability but it would take away from his game on the boards. Good thing you are not the coach!

          • LakerSpartan117

            A little late to the debate (nice rhyme right!?), but what position they play is irrelevant. Its where they are placed on the court, where they are comfortable playing at, that matters. Like I said in my OP, Kevin Love makes his money on the perimeter while Randle is better in the post. They both can do both, but that’s where they are strong. A smart creative coach could figure that out, and that wasn’t meant as insult. The asshole took it that way, and I ended our debate when he attacked me.

            But thanks for defending him.

          • Chrmngblly

            Kobe will play the 3. Somebody has it backwards, any player can bulk up, but no one can speed up. Kobe’s getting too slow to guard some of the quick 2-guards coming into the league.

          • SirHambone

            Yessir the 3 would fit him nicely. Some say the 3′s in the NBA are to big for him. I say that’s perfect! None of them will be able to stop Kobe! But if we Carmelo or Lebron then leave him at the 2.

          • Chrmngblly

            Where who plays is not our biggest worry right now. A Big 3/4 playing for the Lakers would be pretty cool.

          • Redemption Rain

            I love you too Lionel, but it seems that unlike Spartan and Me we ACTUALLY thought of something, can’t say the same for you =/

          • rival

            I have many posts here but like spartan said, you suffer from selective reading.

          • Redemption Rain

            Says the delusional LA fan here.

          • Real Tough Guy

            Pierre Jackson ruptures his achilles tendon.Say prayers.

        • Chrmngblly

          Kobe is a pretty big dude, himself. Kobe can bulk up; what he can’t do is speed up. Kobe is the wrong guy to defend the quick 2-guards coming into the league. Moving him to the 3 is the smart thing to do. That’s why Mitch mentioned it in his press conference.

        • VillainKing

          Agree Lance Stephenson can play PG..

      • Badazztj12

        I like that line up if we cant get Melo

      • afs

        I like it but if we don’t get Melo I think it’s a longshot to get Pau though.

        • LakersOverEverything

          Yeah I agree. As much as pau loves kobe, he still wants to win and can do so with either okc or the spurs

          • afs

            Yep, or even meet up with Phil Melo and D Fish in NY

        • LakerSpartan117

          Lakers need to sign-and-trade Pau to a contender, while gaining some assets back. Or try to package him and Steve Nash to Chicago for Boozer.

          • Badazztj12

            Pau is better than Boozer

          • Badazztj12

            and the Bulls were gonna amnesty him anyway

          • Redemption Rain

            Well that’s also a possibility to consider

          • LakerSpartan117

            Only if they could get Melo. They’d keep him if they couldn’t.

          • Redemption Rain

            I think he wants Boozer’s expiring contract

          • LakerSpartan117

            I know but it rids us of Steve Nash in the process. We get Boozer’s contract, which expires and save us more money.

          • rival

            Bringing back gasol could also help reel in his Lil bro next year

          • afs

            It will probably have to be to the Thunder for Perkins.

            The Bulls were going to amnesty Boozer and if they pick up Nash they won’t be able to sign Melo

          • LakerSpartan117

            I thought we were still assuming that Melo was resigning with the Knicks. The Bulls said they would target Gasol next. And as long as we get rid of Nash in the process, don’t care what we get. Expiring contract for expiring contract

          • SirHambone

            I agree on trading Pau but Boozer? Come on man!

          • LakerSpartan117

            Expiring contract who at least can play. Nash can’t even stay on the court, would rather have someone on the court helping us win then not. And again…. they’re expiring contracts so it won’t hurt.

          • SirHambone

            You are the type of person who would put together a crappy team. There are a lot more better choices than Boozer. His play is limited! Who said anything about Nash! I did not. Of course he has to go.

          • LakerSpartan117

            If you read my comment up above I said trade Nash and Pau together to the Bulls for just Boozer. But of course like so many people on he internet, you don’t read just. Just respond and talk shit. Sorry I though you were smarter, Goodbye! Asshole…

          • SirHambone

            Yes Retarded Azz you might have said that before but your lame brain azz responded to me talking about Nash. You are as stupid as your comments appear!

        • J Taylor

          How do you know what Pau’s motives are?
          The Lakers can offer him the most $ via bird rights.

          You are projecting what YOU would do…. not what Pau might do.
          - Even before the Melo/Lebron drama, Pau and the front office agreed that both sides wanted him back….

          • afs

            Pau wants to win a championship

          • afs

            And lol bro, chill man. We’re just talking about basketball here.

      • Jive Tone

        Word up.

      • RealisticLakerFan

        To be honest with you, Stephenson or Kobe could run point. Kobe is one of the best passers in the league and would have a huge size advantage over other PGs (both would).

        If you have them running in tandem then we would just need to sign a guy like ariza or deng to hold down the SF position.

        On defense you just have Kobe gaurd the SG and Stephenson gaurd the PG to take some of the load off Kobe

        Then also have a solid backup to come in and run a true point whenever its needed

    • Byron

      Bosh’s Agent Calls Teams To Reconfirm Max Slot Would Be Available

      Jul 05, 2014 1:16 PM EDT

      Chris Bosh’s agent has recently placed calls with multiple teams to reconfirm that a max contract offer would remain available to him, which was affirmed.

      Bosh is currently a free agent and the situation with the Miami Heat currently appears tenuous.

      LeBron James is interested in re-signing with the Heat, but only if the roster is improved while he keeps a max contract.

      Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

      PER REALGM

      • LakerSpartan117

        Not sure I’d want Bosh. Even though his 3-point shooting was a very nice addition to his game.

        • Zev

          You don’t want Bosh, Lebron, or Melo? These players are much better than the Lakers roster. The Lakers are broken and need any help at this point.

          • Redemption Rain

            I guarantee you he is not worth a max.

          • Badazztj12

            Yea Bosh is not worth a max by a longshot

          • Zev

            Bosh is worth the max. He is a reliable presence in the paint. (I think) Without any max player on the Lakers team next season will destroy the sales for the Lakers. And then we draft a hurt player. Wow. OMG. what is going on?

          • Badazztj12

            Why the hell you think we going after Melo or Lebron. Bosh is not C but Miami used team defense to get stops. Chalmers and Wade are great on ball defenders who get steals. Bron is in league of defense of his own and then Bosh can his sit there and wait for a block from time to time and don’t even attempt to get the offense rebound.

    • SirHambone

      Looks good but what about this year. Anything can happen next year but our focus is on right now. Get Lebron or Carmelo! If not then Stephenson, Deng and Greg Monroe because Gasol will be gone. That’s for this year.
      Stephenson
      Bryant
      Deng
      Randle
      Monroe

      • LakerSpartan117

        I’d prefer to wait to get more solid players in 2015, Deandre Jordan is better rim protecter and athletic talent than Monroe. And Deng’s miles are a little too high (thanks Tom Tib you Jackass!!) along with his asking price.

        • SirHambone

          Good thoughts. But it is about NOW! This year! So your thoughts on next year should wait until then. Kobe want to win now! Without Lebron or ,it would still be possible to field a team capable of playing for and winning the title.

      • VillainKing

        That is a good line-up but like Spartan said Deandre Jordan is the better Center for the Lakers because he is a very good rim protector..and Lakers needs Defense imagine if that 3 defensive guy playing in the Lakers team Lance, Deng and Jordan..all I can say is, that was nice!!!also Kobe he is still a very good defender..heheheh..

    • jimi jaam

      You’re getting way ahead of yourself using fantasy basketball arrangements with too many sporadic variables, that can hit the fan and go flying in complete opposite directions than what you are foreseeing using imaginative outcomes. LOL

      Carmelo might say goodbye to the KNICKS and become a LAKER, and that would obliterate your entire idea to smithereens!

      “WHAT IF” is controlling your fantasy squad.

      You can’t self-will these things to happen. No use arguing spurios points without official players to go by—you know— players that we have actually signed to contract? haha

      After Carmelo Anthony makes his final decision, we’ll have a clearer picture. Then once our team picks up the remaining players, only then can we step back and analyze it in Reality. PEACE

      Back to the drawing board my friend…. PEACE.

  • afs

    I think it’s most likely Melo will stay in NY. He believes in the future with Phil Jackson, and he will get the most money. He also doesn’t need a title immediately.

    I think this year was tough for Lebron. Yea, they made it to the Finals but not easily. Even if he returns to Miami, he will still pretty much have the same roster with an aging D-Wade and Chris Bosh.

    • LakerSpartan117

      Love the picture. I hate Chris Brossard, completely hating on the Lakers during this whole process.

      • afs

        Haha, yea.

    • Badazztj12

      at age 30? I think he looking for a title

      • afs

        What I mean to say is that if he stays in NY he knows he won’t win a title THIS year. But in 2015, the Knicks will get a draft pick plus pick up major cap space. He knows that this year might not be a title for him, but that Phil can make big moves in 2015.

        • LakerSpartan117

          Same for the Lakers if they are in the top 5 of the lottery (doubtful with Kobe), but they are in tune for major cap space next year if they’re smart with their money this season.

          • afs

            Well obviously the Lakers and Knicks are in the same boat.

            However, the Knicks have some extra things to offer.
            1) More money
            2) Melo’s family lives there
            3) Phil Jackson as president
            4) Eastern Conference schedule

          • Badazztj12

            They don’t have same roster like they have last year

          • afs

            Yea. I know, they won’t win this year. They’ll get rid of some aging contracts after this year with Amar’e, etc. Then they could pursue a Love or Lebron next year. Idk, you never know with Phil, he’s capable of putting some great things together.

          • Badazztj12

            That’s the question is Melo willing to wait another year. If he does go back he is going for the money. Its not a spot on if the Knicks will attract free agents next year. That’s taking a risk, but if he come to Lakers. He will have money still with Kobe Paul and Randle. We have bench like Farmer, Young, X and maybe Hill will come back and still compete

          • afs

            You’re right, he will have to wait. But alongside the money, it will be easier to win a championship in the Eastern Conference. It’s sad, but it’s true.

            Honestly, the Lakers will have to get really good fast if they even want to make it to the playoffs through the West. We don’t even have coach now either.

          • Badazztj12

            We do know they don’t have a coach too. You wouldn’t think they asked Melo what kind coach they could get? We wouldn’t been signed Bryon Scott if Melo wasn’t interested. FA’s havent been agreeing to contract yet because you see they are waiting on Melo and Lebron. We are already halfway through. Contracts don’t get signed until July 10

          • Redemption Rain

            Fisher is their coach dude….

          • Badazztj12

            If you read before commenting here. You can see we are talking about Lakers….

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL my bad

          • afs

            I’ve heard about the “Oh let the incoming star choose the coach” thing.

            But honestly, what kind of message does that show Melo when we don’t even know what direction we’re going in.

          • Badazztj12

            You said “we”. That’s us fans. Obvious you can see Mitch has plan. They choose our directions. Cant believe all the reports you hear. We could be going undercover recuiting guys.

          • afs

            No, this is my opinion. There’s two ways of looking at it: Your way is the “Melo, if you come to LA, you get your say at a coach.”

            Is that a great selling point? Definitely, you’re right. However, at the same time, if a franchise doesn’t know what kind of system or style of play they’re going to roll with, it may look bad.

          • Badazztj12

            Its a price to pay. Last year made us look bad anyway lol. That was embarrassing

          • afs

            We had a coach last year? Haha.. Well definitely, me and you both are hoping for an optimistic future here. I definitely think getting Melo or Lebron would be the start of a comeback though.

          • Badazztj12

            36 hours is not a lot of time for FA’s to agree to contracts. Its already been 2 days and half since the last signing of a mid-level FA

          • J Taylor

            Or the other way of looking at it:
            “Melo (or Lebron), we want Byron Scott and have been working with him, BUT until we get your blessing we won’t extend a contract.”

            And, NO TEAM can do much in regards to system or redesigning one until they see how free agency settles.

            There are 3 players on the payroll? How do you design a system yet?

          • afs

            By the coach you get, you sign players that will fit well in the system.

          • Chrmngblly

            The other way to go about things is to recognize the inevitable and help someone else get what they want. For example, if Pau and Phil decide to get together, we could do a sign and trade (Pau) + Nash to NY for a center—they have several—and a point guard

            OR trade Pau to Houston for Parsons, if he wanted to go there. Or, or, or…?

          • J Taylor

            You assume the team doesn’t know the coach.
            The rest of the us assumes that the coach has already been selected, just not announced or put to finality via contract.

          • afs

            Pretty much

          • J Taylor

            How is it easier to win a championship in the eastern conference…. Maybe if Lebron leaves the conference, otherwise whichever team Melo is on will still be the 2nd or 3rd best in the conference.

          • afs

            lol, that’s common sense. The Hawks were below 500 and made the playoffs. The Suns were above 500 and were the 10th seed. The road is less challenging. The East has the Heat, and that’s about it. The West has the Spurs, Thunder, Rockets, Clippers, etc.

          • J Taylor

            Phil can only do what the CBA allows.
            You are giving him a mystique that has not been earned or proven. And on the flip side, there is the Dolan factor…..

          • afs

            I’m saying he has the winning and championship vibe to him

          • LakerSpartan117

            Oh I don’t think they’ll get Melo (don’t want to give him all that money), but I don’t trust Phil Jackson anyway as president. He’s inexperienced and a manipulator. I appreciate what he’s done for the Lakers, but I’m smart enough not to fall for his sociological perspective.

          • afs

            Well I know it’s speculation, but Carmelo is apparently optimistic of New York’s future. Put it this way: I think the Lakers, Bulls, and Knicks are the top 3 to land him.. Of those 3, I think the Knicks have the best chance.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Same. I just don’t think giving him the max will help the Knicks either. That’s a lot of money, and I don’t think having a soon-to-be 31 year old volume scorer taking up the majority of your money will sway any future stars to playing there. If people aren’t in a rush to play with Kobe (who has a more all-around game than Melo) then why would they want the same thing with a “one-trick” pony?

          • afs

            Yea, but the Knicks FO knows if Melo leaves they’ll be screwed. They won’t attract as many free agents too.

          • Badazztj12

            They will be screwed anyway because they are over the cap already(not counting Melo offered contract) without any production players

          • afs

            Exactly, he knows this year will be a not so productive year.

          • J Taylor

            So basically, he’s collecting the “5th year of his contract” next year, and then putting his eggs into a basket for the remaining 4 years.

          • J Taylor

            1) By the time the Taxes settle, the difference is only $12M in the pocket to Melo.
            2) Melo has a second home in LA.
            3) President doesn’t mean anything until he actually does something.
            4) What good is playing in a soft schedule when ultimately you have to play against the West for a crown?

          • afs

            1) ONLY 12 mil lol
            2) Yes, but his FAMILY is in NY
            3) Does something? Pat Riley is the Heat president and has completely flipped them around
            4) The road is less challenging, better chance to get to the Finals

          • SirHambone

            Lakers offer
            1) As much or more sponsorship money ability
            2) Melo own’s a home there
            3) Kobe is his good friend
            4) 16 NBA Title’s

    • VillainKing

      Correct sir..

  • Lionel

    Which teams have been in pursuit of both,well lets see Lakers,Rockets,Mavs.

    • afs

      The Lakers are the only ones trying to get them on the same team though.

      • Lionel

        True although some say The Phoenix Suns have wanted to pair them up but Carmelo has not met with them yet but Rich Paul has the agent of LeBron James and Eric Bledsoe.But yes Lakers are the only team that has met with both players reps pitching the we will pair them together idea.

        • afs

          No hate to the Suns but I don’t think they’ll meet up in Phoenix.

          • Lionel

            I agree The Suns will not get Carmelo Anthony.

      • LakerJ

        The Lakers are not trying to get both, they offered Melo about 24M a year for the next 4 years. That would mean that LeBron would have to play for about 15M if the Lakers have to trade away Nash. There is no way Bron plays for less than the max and neither will Melo. Kobe’s 23.5M contract pretty much makes it impossible for both to come to the Lakers…unfortunately. Let’s hope for one of them though.

        • afs

          Yea, it’s their dream scenario though.

          • BlackGod

            If we can somehow convince them both to sign, where is the money for it? We’d obviously have to renounce Pau’s Bird Rights just to get rid of his cap hold and….idk

          • afs

            If we got both of them signed, we’d be very strapped. We’d have to first waive Nash, and if Pau doesn’t take a major cut don’t sign him back.

          • BlackGod

            I doubt we offer them both max deals, correct?

          • afs

            Yea there’s no way

          • afs

            Lebron and Melo would have to take around the 18 mil range

          • J Taylor

            Try $16.9M…

          • afs

            my bad

        • Badazztj12

          I believe they are trying to see if Lebron wants to split the contract and play alongside with Kobe and Pau

          • J Taylor

            What? Didn’t they just offer Melo the Max? Why would they offer Lebron less?

        • Lionel

          I know ya’ll Lakers fans hate him but please forgive me for being honest my Lakers Brothers but LeBron James is you’re best bet if you want to win a championship with you’re mans Kobe before he retires.Sorry in advance for bringing up such a hated idea.But anyways it’s just that Carmelo is a chucker that hardly plays defense and he has never been to the Finals and he clashed playing with Iverson and he just isn’t as talented or as great as LeBron James plus LeBron is more of a All Around Player much like Magic Johnson a passer and rebounder and he can drop 30 on any team.He would do what he did in Miami with Wade when paired with Kobe but he won’t probably come just a pipe dream alright.

      • J Taylor

        The lebron/melo fantasy passed…. come to terms.
        Both want Max contracts. The only team that can do that is the Phoenix Suns who offer nearly ZERO endorsement or big market money outside of Basketball.

        • afs

          i know lol that’s why I said its a dream scenario

      • Zimmeredge

        Suns are also in the pack they have more cap Space than us. Something like 37m under the cap.

  • Earl

    The Lakers need to hire a coach if they want a top fee agent to sign with us.

    • afs

      Exactly, the players won’t know what direction we’re going in. It looks bad

      • Earl

        Not many players will sign with a team that has no coach or system.

        • Badazztj12

          Most players will look at the system the teams playing also. We don’t want to make the same mistake with our last two coaches

          • Earl

            Hopefully we have a coach in place very soon.

  • jeremy

    while we wait for one or both superstars. we let other players sign and do nothing about it. i hope they have a really good plan because players are signing left and right

    • afs

      Only Meeks and Kaman have signed from the Lakers. And Meeks was overpaid.

      • Zimmeredge

        5m per year for kaman a bench player it’s well overrpaid too.

        • afs

          I think it’s cause we view Kaman’s value differently. He’s a post player and outside shooter. Yea, he’s old, but he’s decent rebounding and defending. Especially how the Blazers had Meyers Leonard off the bench lol

          • Zimmeredge

            I agree. But he also had numerous injuries this season. Imo fo have a clear plan. It might sounds crazy or delusionnal to most of us but that’s their plan. They try to bring the best players available. We dont have enough money under the cap but we Know that through sponsorship, publicity and all the big things LA can offer to big players, not to mention all the bonus they can have in their contrat, taxes paid by the franchise etc they can find a way to pay those guys big money within the limits of the cba. Fo has just to be creative.

          • LakersOverEverything

            Can they really pay the taxes, and things like that? I had no idea lol

  • jeremy

    at this rate who going to be our center gasol hill bosh who? sacre looking really good to start right now

    • BlackGod

      Looking more and more like Hill and Sacre as our centers

      • jeremy

        i actually wouldnt mind that because hill plays kind of like joakim noah. it also would be fun to see if hill can handle a starting spot. he has the talent he just not getting the mins.

        • Badazztj12

          you forgot about Randle already?

          • jeremy

            were talking about hill at center not PF

        • Zimmeredge

          If Pau leaves we will go after a center for cheap.

          • jeremy

            what center though all of them are getting sign left and right

          • Zimmeredge

            Gortat, kaman or Hill are quality guys but they aren’t the last centers or big pf available. Look at the list they are many guys out there that you can get for cheap wait for future fa. If can’t bring back Pau we will get a deep rotation at the center position with 4 centers.
            If we can’t get Pau or melo and if bosh or Monroe are available i’ll go after them.

          • Guest

            i guess you havent heard kaman a blazer and gortat resign with the wiz

          • Zimmeredge

            I heard about and i Know they are gone and i don’t give a damn about them. I’m not going to cry for a 31y who’s a liability on both ends of the floor and took a 4-5y deal with 12m, and kaman for 5m a year…

          • jeremy

            i seen the list and most guys are back up there only a few left who can actually start

  • Byron

    Chris Bosh is open to leave The Heat and his reps called up teams with max money slots to gain acceptance if he decides to leave they are gauging interest.Lakers need a center hmmmmm i would take Chris Bosh over Robert Sacre of course.

    • jeremy

      im not sure lakers would give him max deal. he not melo or lebron.

      • Byron

        Ya i am just speaking from a coaching perspective if i was the Lakers Front Office i would want my next Head Coach to have a excellent chance of winning and making the playoffs and competing for at least a division title and a NBA Finals appearance and i personally think Chris Bosh gives us that best chance of doing the things i already mentioned.It’s up to Mitch of course.But if we miss out on Carmelo and LeBron then it’s Chris Bosh for me hands down.

      • Zimmeredge

        Bosh in la, riley get gasol and deng.
        Bosh is still in his prime and he can still make 18m a year and score 20-10 at least.

  • Lakers4Life

    This is wonderful news. We’re getting closer to landing LeBron, and if we’re lucky, we might even get Melo in the process (hopefully those two will talk to each other this weekend).
    Now we need to focus some energy on getting rid of Nash and Randle to bring in key role players to support the likes of Kobe, LeBron and Melo. Pau will likely stay in this scenario. And I almost forgot — hopefully we’ll speak to Jeff Van Gundy soon too.
    Gonna be a fun week folks!

    • jeremy

      what with you and wanting randle gone. what other guy can you get with his talent at his price tag.

      • Badazztj12

        Exactly this dude have a chance to be special. He already have that killer instinct. Which is a lost in todays game

      • Zimmeredge

        They dont like him from day one, they didńt want him to be drafted by la.

        • jeremy

          so they dont like talent and he was the best available

          • Zimmeredge

            I Know. Idk How is it possible to diss at randle.
            I mean a double double machine for 2,5m

    • LakersOverEverything

      Why do you keep repeating this whole “get rid of randle” thing? It’s not going to happen

    • Byron

      Julius Randle is not getting traded IMO.But for LBJ+Melo yes if forced.

      • jeremy

        or they can keep him and his low price tag at like 2 mill to back up who ever starts

        • Byron

          True he is worth keeping,i love Julius Randle.Keep him.

    • Karl

      Wait i think Carmelo&LeBron would sacrifice some money like $1.4 million each to make sure Julius stays they want as much talent as possible on The Lakers if they sign here with LA.Come on now we could get rid of Steve Nash by trading him along with a couple draft picks and the draft rights to Jordan Clarkson seriously teams love expiring contracts and we could help the team pay for the Nash buyout once he is traded i am sure he will be quickly bought out and waived so The Lakers can send cash over to ease up the costs for the team helping us out.

      • jeremy

        lakers want cheap role players so i doubt they would trade him

        • Karl

          Julius Randle is the whole reason LBJ&Carmelo would even consider The Lakers they know he is a beast that will bang the boards and drop 15-20 every night.Rookie deal and we know that he would be backing up SF/PF/C.Of course they also want to play with a team orientated Kobe.

          • jeremy

            yea but why trade clarkson who cost under like a mill to be either the back up or 3rd sting

          • Karl

            Sweetner to get rid of Nash.Clarkson has good potential.Teams love a asset like that for cheap and The Lakers probably bought his rights with this in mind when they wanted to trade Nash to get LeBron&Carmelo they needed a asset like Clarkson to complete the deal and they have to send picks and cash it’s a mess that Nash has caused The Lakers Officials.

          • jeremy

            i think they keep him because lakers need players and he comes cheap

    • VillainKing

      Why getting rid of Julius Randle??? he is the L.A. Lakers future superstar!!!!

  • logan12th

    Only the last 3 are actual accomplishments, the others are arbitrary and meaningless stats.

  • rival

    It doesn’t matter what position lance would play, the point is we need to add his game and everything he brings to the table to our team, we need all the help and talent we can get even if we all have to all blow in lebrons ear. At least he didn’t bone lebrons mom.

    • jeremy

      westbrook was a SG at ucla i believe and now he a top PG Victor Oladipo was a SG with a smart IQ and skills to play PG and now magic have him at point but i can see them move him to sg now they have Elfrid Payton. so if lance has the skills why not give him a shot at least he will give us good defense

      • Redemption Rain

        Sports paralytics have said that OKC would be better if Westbrook played SG again. I share the same belief and say Reggie should play the point.

        • jeremy

          not bring back thabo maybe they will but i doubt it .

    • Badazztj12

      (I am copying this from below)
      Lance did not come into this league as a pg. He is a sg. If he was a pg, he would have far more ball handling. You saying like because you see something getting nice passes and assists doesn’t mean there a pg. Kobe came into the league as a sg. He had to work on his pg skills skills. He said in 2012 if he was a pg, he would have been the best because he would put his mind into if he wanted to. Lance is not fully a pg, he is a sg with pg skills just like Kobe.

  • Alvin

    If Kobe,Carmelo,Kobe do team up could they handle the huge expectations???

  • Alvin

    If Kobe,Carmelo,LeBron join together can they handle big expectations?

  • Welcome To Los Angeles

    Oh yea right LeBron is more available than Carmelo lol ha ha ha please be serious.

  • Tigger

    Did we get LeBron James yet?What about Carmelo did we sign him?

    • vdogg

      lol. yes, we signed them both. and traded for steph curry! haha

      • hbkay

        I like curry but his knees are made of glass

        • LakersOverEverything

          He’s never had knee problems. Surely you mean his ankles?

    • Redemption Rain

      LOL didn’t you hear the news? The Los Angles Lakers just won the Stanley Cup last season!

  • SirHambone

    Should Kobe restructure and take less so we can sign them both

    • rival

      You can’t but he should

  • Lord Of The Rings Lakers

    I think we either get both or neither this a packaged deal if they come to us.Now if The Lakers somehow convince and persuade LBJ,Carmelo to sign with purple and gold it will be a great team no matter what anyone says it’s a great championship team.I know we will go over the luxury tax once everyone is signed and the Lakers don’t mind that we are always over the luxury tax i think we recently had a $100 million dollars roster like 2 years ago yeah.LeBron that’s my mans and he plays like he is the MVP every year yeah.Mitch needs to close the deal and finalize this deal on the table make it become imminent we need this to continue our winning ways and bring in some more championships it’s been 4 years already that’s a longtime since we won a championship.Sign up for rings.

    LeBron and Carmelo will be featured in all types of commercial deals and as i know LeBron has less Commercials currently than Blake Griffin and Chris Paul that’s just wrong he deserves more commercials and the Lakers can help him get huge commercial deals plus a new shoe deal whenever his current shoe deal expires also movie and talk shows are ready to deal with them.But it’s all about winning championships and chasing away all the distractions that come along with being a superstar.Plus they will constantly be on national TV playing games as the Lakers are always the #1 broadcast team.They will make way more money and become more famous playing for the Lakers than any other franchise in the NBA.

  • hbkay

    PG- Jordan Farmar/ Kendall Marshall
    SG- Kobe Bryant/ Xavier Henry
    SF- Lebron/ Wesley Johnson
    PF- Melo/ Randle
    C- Pau(takes massive pay cut)/ Jordan Hill

    • Badazztj12

      Hmm somebody didn’t do there math homework

    • Redemption Rain

      Dumbest Lakers fan I have seen in my life. Yeah Melo and Lebron is going to play with those scrubs. LOOOL Day dreaming.

      • hbkay

        This is lakers nation, maybe keeping pau and jordan hill is a stretch but lebron and melo are VERY possible. LA is the place to be if youre a superstar.

        • Redemption Rain

          2 days from now, I hope you are here, so I can tell you this…….

          “I TOLD YOU SO”

          • Badazztj12

            Melo 35% but Lebron 0%

          • Redemption Rain

            NY is currently the front runner for Melo as of now so…..yeah I can’t wait for this Lebron and Melo pipe dream to die down so we can get back on track of building a realistic team that is still going to compete.

          • Badazztj12

            You heard that from the news dude. Last time I checked 2 years ago Espn and other news was saying Dwight wasn’t going to take that money Lakers offered and left. Melo could do the same for Knicks and take the second best option if he wants money and compete

          • Redemption Rain

            Ok we wait and see then, just 2 more days supposedly Melo makes his decision after the weekend.

          • independentbynature

            Amen to that…..

    • Marty Susman

      whatever you are smoking, let me know the name of it.

  • LRMR

    LeBron James is signing with The Lakers.

    • kookiebuger

      You guys said the same thing with Melo.

      • hbkay

        are you stupid we can sign both

  • Redemption Rain

    LOL at rival xD

  • Marty Susman

    LaBron is NOT going to sign with us, Melo is not going to play for us so lets forget it….

    • Badazztj12

      You cant say that to us. We don’t run the office. Mitch the one who makes the decision about FA’s

      • Redemption Rain

        Sorry to say this but yes he can, but what the front office does is obviously out of our control.

        • Badazztj12

          I mean like it doesn’t matter what he say to us because we don’t run the FO

          • Redemption Rain

            Isn’t that what we are doing right now and everyone on this comment section? We state our opinions on what LA needs to do, however we have no input on what the FO does except with our money.

          • Badazztj12

            Omg dude you must think I know that? I am saying he doesn’t have control over what the FO want to do. Plus he don’t know what Lebron and Melo wants to do. Neither do me and you. I know we chatting about it but that’s all there gonna be to it.

          • Redemption Rain

            Umm exactly, but judging by what HAS happen, its unlikely we get Melo or Lebron

          • Badazztj12

            Bulls are bringing a guy star guy from Europe, so that may bring money out of the Bulls. I heard Bulls GM is greedy with the money. Rockets are not sure if Melo gonna go to them because they don’t have the money he wants. Its between the Lakers and Knicks were Melo wants to go

  • Marty Susman

    Not sure who is running things, all I know is this is the front office that brought in Nash, gave Kobe a $48,000,000, gave away all our draft picks for Nash, screwed up by allowing D12 to leave for nothing & so on so PLEASE don’t tell me “the front office” anything..To me the whole front office is screwed up…

  • kookiebuger

    Oh god we’re going to miss out on players like Bledsoe,Monroe,Parsons,Ariza,Deng,etc.

    • hbkay

      those are mainly restricted free agents? Ariza isnt worth what he’s probably going to get paid. In your defense, Deng is good were definitely missing out on him.

      • kookiebuger

        LeBron is a longshot, there are reports that the Cavs and Rockets are trying to clear cap space for him with the Bulls as another option for him if Melo does go back to New York. The Lakers have the cap but a team that is at least 1-2 away from contention when he may or not may not be in his prime (that’s if they put together a good bench and get another superstar).

        • Zimmeredge

          Teams that have to clear Space via trade or Amnesty are out of the mix of big fa imo.

          • kookiebuger

            It’s rumored that the Rockets and 6ers have a deal in line for Lin, they probably have the best chance of landing LeBron out of any other team, if this is true.

          • hbkay

            76ers dont want lin and his expensive contract, they have carter-williams who is already about 50x better than lin will ever be.

          • Zimmeredge

            Lebron is willing to take a Max contract kookie. He won’t leave Miami for rockets if he is supposed to get a lower wage than the one he is getting right now in south beach. Even if they trade lin they’ll have to trade for around 8m of value of players and draft picks. Or maybe a bit more because lin has a toxic contract (it increases if traded if i’m correct) The Max lebron can make in Houston is 16-17m. Ain’t gonna happen.

          • kookiebuger

            The Rockets are currently 2.2 under the cap if they trade Lin that will clear up 14.8 million (this site still includes Asik on the Rockets he was traded to the Pelicans so that might be another 14.8 off the books) that’s 17 million cleared, it wouldn’t be that hard to clear another 3-4 million.

          • hbkay

            Are you stupid? No one is touching Lin’s toxic contract, just get it out of your head.

          • kookiebuger

            Is that why the 6ers are rumored to be interested? The rumor is the 6ers will agree to Lin if they include a draft pick or two which is more then feasible for the Rockets. Lin is an expiring deal the 6ers would gladly take him along with a pick or two

          • Badazztj12

            Rumor is not news but until its news Rockets don’t have a chance for Melo or Lebron

          • kookiebuger

            If you say so.

          • Badazztj12

            Well Melo is gonna make decision in less than 30 hours. So I advice them to get moving because they don’t much time

          • Zimmeredge

            Philly ain’t gonna trade their draft picks because they are rebuilding through the draft. It’s almost like hinkie already annonced they will tank again next season during the post draft press conference. They will try to ditch thad young this season.

          • kookiebuger

            No the Rockets would have to give up draft picks not the 6ers and maybe a young prospect.

          • Badazztj12

            Rockets should have never decline parsons team option because if they cant trade lin, they would have to go over the cap for him

          • kookiebuger

            I thought Asik was untradable for the longest time until the Pelicans traded a 2015 1st round pick for him, now they Bucks and 6ers are rumored to be interested in Lin if it includes a pick or two or a young asset.

          • independentbynature

            Wanna bet? Cause I need the money…..Lot’s of teams under the cap will do it,but they’ll want a sweetener 1 rd pick from the Rockets to do it.

          • Zimmeredge

            Clearing 3-4m mean they will have to ditch their bench guys. They won’t do that because aside of harden and dwight they wońt be able to have anything to propose. Lin gone, Asik gone and parsons gone too.

          • kookiebuger

            Did you not read the part where I said “this site still includes Asik on the Rockets he was traded to the Pelicans so that might be another 14.8 off the books” they might be at 50 million for all I know.

          • Zimmeredge

            No it counts for 8m on their roster and 14,8 in other teams. It’s not a problem for philly as they have enough money under the cap but philly won’t trade draft picks… They will trade players with high wage and value like young.

          • hbkay

            Koookie just use your head Dwight, James Harden, and Lin alone make over 51 million next year and that’s without parson’s who’s about to get paid

          • kookiebuger

            Ok? It’s like I said, Lin might get traded if he does that’s 14.8 off the books making it 36.2 million with the maximum cap at 63 which would give the Rockets 27 million in spending money enough to offer a max, if LeBron chooses to leave Miami.

          • hbkay

            So he’s leaving Miami for Houston? He already has 2 rings so we know its not all about chasing titles. I think everyone can agree LA is better for him on & off the court assuming we sign another star like Melo or Bosh.

          • kookiebuger

            Well Bosh reportedly doesn’t want to take a pay cut neither does LeBron that might break them up if it does why LA? Be realistic here would you be eager to join a 35, going on 36, year old Kobe Bryant coming off a major injury who has been out for a year and the half, with a cast of Nash who can barely play 15 games, Sacre, our unproven rookies in Clarkson and Randle, and Marshall? Compared to the Rockets who are already considered a top team in the West with the addition of LeBron can make them contenders and probably one of the deadliest 1-2 punches in the league with Howard and LeBron. The only advantage that LA is our cap space (for now) and being in LA. The team needs to rebuild but won’t for whatever reason and players like Lebron and Melo are just pipe dreams at this point.

          • hbkay

            Do you understand how important talent is? Take James Harden and Dwight howard off the rockets what do you have? A lottery team. You need stars to win, and the lakers are in position to grab 2 of the best players in the world. Explain how Kobe(one of the 10 best players EVER.), Lebron(arguably the best ever), and Melo(one of the best scorers in the leauge) would not work. Plus its LA, they’d get everything they want and more.

          • kookiebuger

            Please tell me how the Lakers know that Kobe will play like the top 10 best ever? How do you know that father time wont get the best of him? You can’t. Know tell me how Melo and LeBron will join the Lakers? LeBron want’s a max that’s 20+ million which would leave like 6-8 million left for Melo even if they use the stretch provision on Nash that’s 9-11 million, if they trade away Randle, Sacre,Clarkson that still wouldn’t be enough for another max and that would leave the Lakers with a D-League bench. Your above comment is silly you can say that about any team if you take away Westbrook and Durant away from the Thunder what do you have? This hypothetical question is silly they are their so it doesn’t mater. The only reason why LeBron would chose the Lakers is if he cares about his brand that much but like I said he already made 72 million last year on a small market in Miami.

          • Badazztj12

            Kobe is wayyyy better Lebron. Don’t matter what age he is. Lebron will never have that killer instinct like MJ and Kobe

          • independentbynature

            Not true….They will trade Lin to a team like the Sixers who can absorb his contract into their cap and give nothing back to the Rockets.They might have to add a sweetener like a 1st rd. pick to give the Sixers.I’d consider taking Lin on the Lakers for a 1st Rd pick sweetener.If he doesn’t workout,at least you have him as a trade asset and of course,the pick.I’d rather have Lin than 5 foot nuthin Thomas.We have the cap space.

          • Badazztj12

            I wouldn’t mind Lin. Better than nash. He is smart(Harvard), can pass, shoot the 3 and can play decent defense

          • Zimmeredge

            Lin is a cry baby.

          • independentbynature

            You always have something bad to say about anyone who doesn’t fit your own little plan.You didn’t even understand the transaction being proposed.Check your emotions and be objective and open-minded to other ideas outside your own narrow perception and you’ll be open to a much larger world.Can you dig it?

          • Zimmeredge

            I can dit it… In any case lin is not for us this summer. The guys is free next summer why trade a pick or multiple pick. He was part of my plan when mda was on board not anymore. He can’t play good d. He can’t stop complaining and whinning in the media. He always fonds excuses when he is bad…. Won’t be able to stand Kobe and will cry after every game of training.

          • independentbynature

            Houston will trade the pick to get the cap space they want.They’ll do it to sign LeBron or Bosh,if they can get one of them.Watch and see.Read the story when it happens and learn from it.You need to understand what’s going on.

          • Zimmeredge

            Hinkie value their first rounder especially if they tank again and they will…again… They will give thad young in exchange a guy Houston wanted throughout last season and philly want him out because they do not want him to reject his eto.
            Most of the rocket team take parsons and Howard it´s a group of outcast. Harden is a good for small market but you wońt win a title with a guy who can’t, doesn’t and is unwilling to play d.

          • independentbynature

            You didn’t get it.The Sixers will get a 1st rd pick,not give up one.It’s what we did when we dumped Fish to Dallas.

          • Badazztj12

            three team trade? 76ers get nash and first round pick. We get lin? Rockets get cap space?

          • Zimmeredge

            Rockets must receive something back that has as much value

          • Badazztj12

            I am sure Rockets got somebody lol

          • Zimmeredge

            And that’s where it sucks… If they wanna make cap Space and they get someone in exchange they aren’t clearing cap.
            La should stay the fuck away from lin do not even consider trading for pick. Guy is free next season wait for him on the market and keep the pick.

          • Badazztj12

            The first round pick is coming the Rockets not us. The Rockets are interested in trading it

          • independentbynature

            NOT TRUE……..Not if the other team is under the cap.Don’t be so thick.You’ll make me need my heart pills again.

          • independentbynature

            It’s like I’m teaching 1st graders here.

          • Zimmeredge

            What do the rockets gets in exchange? A player with as much value as lin or multiple picks but as hinkie does not want drop picks ain’t gonna happen.

          • independentbynature

            They get the cap space they want to pursue the FA that they are targeting.This is nothing new.Teams do it all the time.Especially since the new CBA.Why don’t you know that?

          • Zimmeredge

            If lin’s value is 8 they have to get something in return that’s the basis of trading. Nothing to do with salary cap.

          • independentbynature

            No IT IS NOT.Damn,don’t be so obtuse…You sure have a lot to learn….

          • independentbynature

            It has EVERYTHING to do with cap space.That’s what it is all about….This is really basic stuff.

          • independentbynature

            You really don’t understand the basics of cap-ology.

        • hbkay

          Lebron won’t sign with the cavaliers(pretty sure he still hates Dan Gilbert) and he won’t sign with the Rockets because they can’t offer what LA can: the keys to Hollywood.

          • kookiebuger

            LeBron already made 72 million in earnings last year according to forbes, endorsements and all that will probably follow him no matter what and the Lakers are at least a good year or two away from contention.

  • Osceola71

    It’s all about ego. These superstars make WAY more on endorsements than their NBA salary. But they all want to be able to say they got a max contract. Problem is, they will get more endorsement offers if they are on a winning team. If Lebron played in Milwaukee, his offers would start drying up.

  • CORKY CARROLL

    OK, is it just me? Weird, THIS was the only new story posted on LakersNation today?

  • Paul

    Lakers 2014-2015
    Dream Team
    PG Jameer Nelson
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF LeBron James
    PF Carmelo Anthony
    PF Julius Randle

    Bench Dudes
    C Ekpe Udoh
    C Jerome Jordan
    C Robert Sacre
    PG/SG Rodrigue Beaubois
    PG Jordan Clarkson
    PG Kendall Marshall
    SF Wes Johnson
    SF Kent Bazemore
    PF Ryan Kelly
    PF Ed Davis
    SG Xavier Henry
    SG DeAndre Kane

    Stretch Or Trade Steve Nash.

    That’s a deep team with young fresh legs and skill off the bench.Dream team starting lineup yes that roster has championship written all over it.

    Mitch will get this done and Lakers will win the championship multiple times.

    • independentbynature

      It’s a dream alright….A pipe dream.

      • Paul

        That’s what they said before LeBron joined piece of shit Miami in 20010.So i will not pussy out like other pussies that are afraid to think big and try to actually be something.People living in there moms basement at age 50 hating on this forum are lame.

        • independentbynature

          Sorry,I don’t play fantasy league.I like to keep it real. Delusional idiots are what’s lame.

        • independentbynature

          Right…A POS team in the finals 4 yrs in a row,winning twice.Are you for real?

        • TheTruthKills

          Miami has Pat Riley. We don’t.

      • Paul

        2010

    • VillainKing

      Deandre Kane is a PG/SG brother..

  • Lakers Fan #24

    @BillSimmons
    Hearing the Lakers made a MAJOR impact on Melo this week – it’s now a legit 3-way battle between LA/Chi/NYK to land him. Crazy NBA weekend.

    To all the haters on here even Bill Simmons the Lakers hater believes more than some haters posting BS on here lol.Calm down dudes you guys just trying to cock block our team from being good again because you are negative bitches.LOL basically calm the fuck down please and let this all play out and stop typing pessimistic hatred everytime a fan post positive Lakers news or opinions just allow them to pipe dream without fighting and arguing.Yes disagree but be chill when the homies respond don’t get all bent out of shape.

    • Redemption Rain

      Ok fine we wait for Lebron and Melo to make the decisions. I am here to give LA fans a special message after they make their decision.

      • independentbynature

        You’re gonna have an awful lot of “I told you so’s” to say.LOL.

        • Redemption Rain

          LOL I’m going to hire a secretary to this ….

          • independentbynature

            I’m just gonna post one really big “HAHAHAHAHA.” LOL. Saves time.

          • Badazztj12

            I need help on this other article lol

          • independentbynature

            Well,I’m not the Honda guy,but how can I help?

          • Badazztj12

            Come look for yourself. These guys think we would have enough money in salary cap for Lebron AND Melo then still have enough to sign a bench lol

          • kookiebuger

            lol

          • Badazztj12

            I need help on this other article lolz

    • kookiebuger

      So lets say the Lakers do get Melo, then what?

      • independentbynature

        Then we’ll be able to ice skate in Hell.Yee Haw !!!

        • Badazztj12

          lol

    • independentbynature

      Simmons on ESPN is the reason mute buttons are on your remote.The mouth of the Celtics has no idea what he’s talking about.He never has.He’s just a Celtics fan who got a lucky break for a job.

    • NoLuxuryTaxNoSalaryCap

      Get Melo, Lebron, and in 2016 KD.

      Show time.

      And get Rondo to feed the ball. He hates shooting now he does not have to.

  • DKWTTY

    That’s because Lebron has no integrity. He’ll ring chase forever just to have a lot of rings and cement his legacy although it’s already tainted. Melo seems to have more integrity and loyalty.

    • NoLuxuryTaxNoSalaryCap

      You are brain washed. This is business. No one is fighting a war for a country.

      What integrity.

      What taint!

      Melo seem to have more.

      You are talking non-sense.

      Not a word makes sense. This is not a patriotic class.

      • DKWTTY

        Is English not your first language? I know it’s a business, duh, but there are some players who would rather STAY with their team and wait for good players, like Kobe and then there are players like Lebron who will hop around the league wanting to team up with all the best players just to get a ring. You don’t think that taints their legacy? It does.

        • TheLakers

          Spanish is my first. Trying my best. Kobe had Shaq. Kobe always had the biggest contracts. Cannot compare the two.

          No, Jordan, Magic, Bird, did not have to deal with pay cuts and salary caps. They were surrounded by the best players.

          ESPN article has rated Bosh and Wade as 8 million dollars a year players for the NBA standards by some statistically analysis. So, there goes the theory that LeBron was surrounded by Stars. . Also, they used some formula that 2014 Heat had worst supporting cast than the 2007 Cavaliers for Lebron.

          I see why Lebron is looking for an exit strategy.

          • DKWTTY

            Kobe and Shaq didn’t ask each-other to be team-mates. It’s not the same. His contract is irrelevant.

            They weren’t surrounded by the best players, it took Jordan 7 years to get a ring and never left. He waited it out and worked hard.

            What Wade and Bosh make is again, irrelevant. If you don’t think they are stars in this league then you are clueless.

  • hookedonnews

    Well if LeBron is actually considering leaving Miami the Lakers would be fools not to go after him. I’m still having a hard time believing he’s leaving Miami, and Bosh is delusional if he thinks he’s getting a max contract. He hasn’t exactly been lighting things up the last couple of years.

  • NoLuxuryTaxNoSalaryCap

    Lebron would leave for two reasons. He basically played in Miami for a K – Mart Discount. Being the best player that he has been he was paid only $16 million per year, no disrespect to Kobe, but, for the same period, Kobe was paid, $110 million as he should.

    Lebron will leave Miami, he is totally mad that Miami never hired a real coach. Pat’s yes man can only do so much.

    This season alone, Miami had a mid level exemption, they never added any value to the team plus they let his favorite roll paler go to save money, Mike Miller.

    Finally, the Heat were last in offensive rebound and defensive rebound in the league.

    Also, the formula presented on the ESPN concluded that this Heat team was worst than the 2007 Cavaliers.

    If he does sign he will do it for the MAX deal, and then demand a trade before the deadline to the Knicks or the Lakers.

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