Lakers to pursue LeBron & Melo to join Kobe?

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Lakers are considering pursuing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in a potential free agent bonanza that would theoretically unite them with Kobe Bryant, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Brian Windhorst said Wednesday on “Mike & Mike.”

“When you’re talking about playing in L.A., there’s no question that that is something that would be considered strongly on Melo’s part,” 2011 NBA All-Star GameSmith said.

Smith mentioned that James, who opted out and became a free agent on Tuesday, would consider the Lakers along with Miami, Cleveland and the Clippers. The Heat are thought to be the favorite to bring King James back for another run at a title.

Chicago is considered the biggest threat to pry Anthony away from the Knicks, while Houston, Dallas and the Clippers have also been linked to the star forward.

The Lakers can add two max contracts because they have just two significant players under contract next year: Bryant at nearly $24 million and Steve Nash at $9.7 million. (Nash would have to be moved to add two max contracts.)

Bryant joked in January during an appearance at Madison Square Garden that “everybody wants to play in L.A.”

“Well, I mean everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Bryant said. “New York’s a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong but it’s colder than s*** out here.”

“It’s palm trees and beaches, obviously are a little more appealing.”

Bryant, who is friendly with Anthony and teamed with him on the 2012 Olympic team that won the gold in London, said he’d be happy to offer “advice” when the time comes.

“If he wants to come for advice later as a friend I’ll be more than happy to give it to him,” said Bryant.

Meantime, Windhorst floated the scenario of the Lakers making a run at hiring Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and uniting him with James and Anthony, both of whom he has coached on Team USA.

“I love LeBron,” Coach K said Tuesday during an interview with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio. “LeBron and I are very close. And I trust him and I want him on any team that I would ever coach and he’d be a star and the ultimate team player. I think he just wants to win and he wants to represent a franchise in a really good way.

“I love Melo, too. I’ve been with Melo a number of years and he’s been a winner for us and a warrior.”

Still, Coach K also said he loves Duke and is happy coaching there near friends and family, including his nine grandchildren.

“Could I make more money [in the NBA]?” Coach K, who is entering his 40th season as a head coach, asked rhetorically. “Yes, I could make more money. But I love Duke. I love being at Duke. I think love being at Duke more than I love being in college.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




141 comments
Kvdaone
Kvdaone

LA gotta put together a coaching staff before they can even muster the thought family

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

the dreams the media can put together are real 2k like lol

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Breaking News:


All indications are that Kevin Garnett is preparing to return for another season with the Brooklyn Nets, according to a league source.

Barring something unforeseen or a change of heart, Garnett has indicated he will begin preparing shortly for his 20th season.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

Loyalty > Royalty.. San Antonio Spurs has a billboard taking shots a LeRing... If I had to choose between Lebron and Duncan in their prime, I would chose Duncan for the play in the court. Off the court is a landslide!!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

LeBron is playing hard ball with Wade and Bosh by opting out. If he leaves, they will get their money, but lose any shot at being relevant. There are reports that Wade could opt out of his $42 million deal and then be resigned for $50-55 million over 4 years. This would be the reverse of the RFA poison pill where the contract is backloaded. This would stretch the money out longer, so instead of say 20, 22, 5, 5, it becomes 13, 13, 13, 13, He would still get paid, but it is stretched out to allow the Heat to add pieces. 

If LeBron leaves Wade will no longer get days off and his knees will break down. He needs LeBron there to allow him to compete.

rgm891
rgm891

6 days until free agency begins. No one is doing anything at work on that Tuesday lmao. Or even the days until the big stars move.

brookdon
brookdon

Off topic, but aren't Melo and Bron both listed at 6'8? Lebron looks 1-2 inches taller in this pic.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@knega  Say what you want but sometimes I question if Kyian is a Melo fan or a Knicks based on the content of his posts... Observation with no bias

theking
theking

@knega  you cant go one day with out mentioning me. lol you have a real obsession with men .... I don't go that way please leave me alone

brookdon
brookdon

Duncan over Bron? I don't know about that.

theking
theking

@Gee Daniels  decimated? we have bargs stat jr and chandler that's not decimating us

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@knega Holy f*** . The Bucks are truly delusional if they thing EITHER Blatche or Melo would step foot into their offices let alone take their calls.

darealeric
darealeric

What's so hard for you to fathom? They predicted how awful our record would be last season, and clown like you were probably outraged.

darealeric
darealeric

Well, Bron is bigger. Also better, smarter, passes, plays defense, great teammate, great student of the game, and worth every penny of every contract he earns. So pretty much the OPPOSITE of Carmelo Anthony.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon 

That's an old picture back from Melo's Denver, wearing number 15 days. I'd assume the angle of the photo and the fact that LeBron is closer to the camera makes him appear taller.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Could be the allen Iverson effect...listed at 6'0 but was really about 5'10, lol.

theking
theking

@Tony Fonseca @knega  what content? that I say melo is not the ONLY one that should get blamed? that STAT the golden boy should get just as much blame? ok I get it ill blame melo for everythin in a TEAM sport

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@brookdon  Hands down man.. Do you remember  Duncan playing on his prime???

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@darealeric That was absolute dumb luck and not based on any sensible data analysis technique, trust me on this.

Even Melo scoffed at it and basically every media person on earth.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Mel Brown @Tony Fonseca @knega  I don't think Harden is a franchise player that one can build around. He would be grilled in NY. I don't want that trade. I only want a trade if Melo does not want to be here because at least we can get some asset with a trade.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@theking @Tony Fonseca @knega  Kyian, As I read your posts I kind get the idea. It is just the perception of a reader.. For you Melo can do no wrong but what I know is that the organization and ALL players should take credit for any outcome positive or negative.

theking
theking

@Gee Daniels @theking  first of all you don't know me. because im a fan of melo does not mean im not a fan of the knicks. you and you butt buddies really need to grow up. I been liking the knicks since before melo was even in college.

theking
theking

@knicksgirl35 @Gee Daniels  no its not possible according to him. he is a lin groupie and thinks melo was jealous of that scrub so of course if you stick up for melo thy think you are a melo fan more then a knicks fan lol

theking
theking

@Gee Daniels @theking  man stfu. you take the lin thing to a whole new level all I do is state facts I Iash out on ppl that try to blame EVERYTHING on him like STAT and chandler are not to blame as well. now you can kindly leave me alone and don't respond to me if you think otherwise

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@carl hill what are your thoughts about the rockets sending us Harden for Melo??

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@knega Melo is our Superstar. We haven't had one for a very long time. It would seem to me that picking on someone who didn't support Melo would be more appropriate on a Knick's blog.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Gee Daniels  That is why I don't think he will ever interfere on Phil's job because than no one with a decent brain will want to come here. Then will be, scrub owner, scrub president, scrub coach, scrub players under the microscope  of the NY media that works harder than the FBI to uncover dirt!! A complete circus!!!

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Gee Daniels @Tony Fonseca @theking  I am not sure was Melo because the media is always looking to create friction within the Knicks. It was just bad luck that they did not secure him for more than one year