Reports: Lakers serious threat to sign Anthony

Carmelo AnthonyThe Knicks are confident that they will re-sign Carmelo Anthony to a new deal keeping the star forward in New York.  Then came Anthony’s visit to the Lakers and the first big threat in taking him away from the Knicks.


Multiple reports indicate that the Lakers have moved up Anthony’s list as a free agent destination. The Lakers can offer a 4-year, $97 million contract and not have to involve the Knicks in a sign and trade. With Anthony keeping a home in Los Angeles, the Lakers have become a live option (Wojnarowski (July 5th). 


The Lakers still have Kobe Bryant on a max salary, and by adding Anthony won’t have a lot of more room under the cap, but the Knicks remain worried about the Lakers’ pitch (ESPN, July 6).  The key selling point for the Lakers to Anthony is re-signing Pau Gasol.


Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

 Any time a team like the Lakers can offer Anthony an opportunity to compete for a championship (alongside Kobe Bryant, one of the best to ever do it), the forward should take it into heavy consideration.

Both the Knicks and Lakers are hoping that bringing and/or keeping Gasol in the fold will help entice Anthony one way or another. Los Angeles and New York each represent the biggest markets in all of sports, so perhaps those two aspects of the decision-making process are a wash for Anthony.

There do appear to be a couple of X-Factors for each side, however. For the Lakers, it’s having Bryant on board. Anthony wants to win a championship, and the star shooting guard obviously knows how to do that quite well. If the pair can develop some chemistry alongside one another, perhaps they could lead Los Angeles to another one together.

But as he comes off an injury-riddled year, one has to wonder just how much more Bryant has to offer, or if he can do so at full strength. What’s more, such a window for a championship will likely only last another two years — the duration  of Bryant’s current contract. Will such a narrow shot at a title be enough for Anthony? The league’s other top superstars (including those from his own respective draft class) are all chasing multiple titles.

That same respective window may not open right away for the Knicks, but when/if it does, it’s likely to stay open a while longer. If the Knicks can convince Anthony to stay in the Big Apple and lead the charge, perhaps Phil Jackson has a few tricks up his sleeve that will allow the Knicks to chase another superstar or two (in addition to Anthony). This would also, assumedly, allow New York to subsequently chase more NBA titles as well. All signs indicate that that’s the name of the game for Anthony.

And if such an opportunity to contend long-term isn’t enough, there’s always that more lucrative contract (with an extra year to tag on) that the Knicks can offer, to further motivate the forward to stay in town.




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C0P0
C0P0

If 150M were available, I'm sure guys would want that for a Max. At what point do you have enough and say I'm going to help my team contend? I'm going to stay and build.

No. I'm not running to join forces with the enemy. I'm going to beat all of you! I'm going to do it like the real dudes use to. Jordan, Bird, Magic. I will help build a contender, we will be a team de force. Not just a star carting the load. just ask Miami what hit them in The Finals and they'll tell you a better team.

I see, with Jackson, we WILL get there. We WILL contend, sooner than later.

Let's do this Melo.

Abdul Esa
Abdul Esa

If melo leaves I hope we can get a solid piece for him... wonder if we can get randle?

dylan
dylan

If Melo re-signs with the Knicks, I wonder if LA would trade Bryant for Stoudemire and Shumpert or Hardaway. It would give them 60+ mil in cap space next year. They have a great prospect in Randle, and they would be a top destination for just about every free agent on the market, including Rondo, Aldridge, and Love. 


The Knicks would be able to compete for a championship for the next two years in a very weak Eastern Conference, and could rebuild around Melo after that. Unlike the Lakers, the Knicks actually have a pretty deep team, and face much weaker competition. You can't just throw a bunch of scrubs around a few super stars and expect to compete for a championship. If Melo really wants to win now and play with Kobe, it makes much more sense to try to get Kobe traded to NY than to play for a roster with zero depth. 


LA has 4 players under contract right now. One they are trying to trade, 2 are borderline rotation players, and one is Kobe. Even if they sign another max player, they still would need to sign 8 more players just to fill out the roster, and would only have a 2.5 mil room exception to work with. LA can't compete with teams like San Antonio, OKC, Portland, LAC, Houston, and Golden State. Those teams are all very deep and are playoff locks. LA would have to fight off very good teams like Phoenix, Dallas, and Memphis just to get a 7th or 8th seed.  


Obviously LA would have to be willing to trade him. But if Melo signs with the Knicks and LeBron re-signs or goes to Cleveland, it might make sense for them to clear the cap space and rebuild. I really hope Melo is smart enough not to join the Lakers. They don't give him a better chance of winning even if they would be a slightly better team, and he can't earn as much money there. 

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

OFF TOPIC: I really want to see how Early looks in summer league play. He's an older rookie so I'm hoping he can contribute right away. Also if Hardaway's defense has not improved I'm willing to trade him for a big. Though we have more skilled talent at the point guard our defense from that position will be embarrassing! That's why were going have to keep Shump & make room for Greek Freak 2!

Art Perez
Art Perez

We talk about Phil being the Zen master and having a knack for coaching superstars into mega enormous stars... thinking all Melo has to do is talk to Kobe/Gasol to vouch for Phil's wizardly ways.... however I wonder if there is a negative effect to all of this talking... it is known that Phil messes with the minds of his players often for the betterment of the team... but just maybe Kobe/Gasol is interpreting Phil-isms for Melo... after all Melo has limited interaction with Phil.... Melo was purportedly alright with Phil's direction and offer as of Friday night... then all of a sudden he's leaning toward LA?? Maybe Kobe/Gasol told Melo there was a subliminal message in Phil's pitch and Melo all of a sudden is feeling played... just conjecture on my part... but it sure seems strange as if a body switch had taken place... The NBA Doppleganger

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Everyone calm down about Melo........How do you turn down Millions from your original hometown team with a 13 NBA ring champion as a president & a head coach who also won rings with the same person??? If you won't follow Phil's vision then who??? Going to Miami to play with Lebron is not happening! I understand if it were the old regime(No Phil) but that's not the case! I'm a Melo fan of the highest order but if he leaves NY & being originally from BK, then he's a straight fraud! Like OLD KNICK says we have no control!

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

The travesty in all this is that if our ownership had simply not made the trade for Bargnani and amnestied Amare, we would probably be in the drivers seat for a ridiculous haul THIS year.

lj4four
lj4four

I think Melo is gone. He is going to Miami - think about it. Miami is playing Bosh and praying he gets max offer from Houston to save face. Dwade will sign a friendly deal, still have a few dollars to get some other scrubs to fill in. They went to the championship game 4 years in a row, half that time, wade was on 1 leg. Melo and James is 10x better than James and Bosh.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

All this speculation making me loopy and agitated , lets just focus on our rookies lol

pagey72
pagey72

prob gonna have to wait until the 10th when we can actually give and offer on paper 

chuco
chuco

He looks like a no good DB

C0P0
C0P0

Amen to that.

May have dodged a bullet with missing Hairston.

Early, possibly the big steal of the draft.

Especially with Hairston rumored to have been high on The Knicks radar.

Then again, those leads were probably smoke and mirrors to pick up Cleanthony Early, all along.

LOL

Zen Master Palm Shadow Strike.

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

not being picky but @mare was in the 1win game vs Miami. He played wit virtually one hand.(fire extinguisher)

in my opinion the single best game those two have played in together as NYK.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Ray Jorge. When does summer league start for us?

knickapls
knickapls

You're an inexperienced poster. SHUT UP.

lj4four
lj4four

Phil is right, not saying he is not worth the max, I think he is. By not taking max, he is setting a standard and starting a culture for the Knicks. People point to MJ and his 33 mil, that was after what 4 or 5 championships? Will gladly give Melo another "max" deal after he wins one!!!

manchu
manchu

@Art Perez 

if he honestly thinks that leaving the knicks to go to the lakers with a beaten down roster and no coach is the best move then I say let him walk.. the Knicks will make it to a finals appearance before that Laker squad will unless they do a serious overhaul.

lj4four
lj4four

I love Melo, think he gets a bad rep for no reason. Melo haters can say whatever they want, I don't care. I do think he would leave, despite all reasons we think he should stay. He has not been shy about wanting to win a championship. He spent 3.5 years in NY and we wasted his time. The blue print has been laid in Miami and LBJ is the best player in the world. If Bosh bolts, we are in deep, you know what. If Bosh stays, I think Melo signs, who signs in 2015, no friggin' clue!

manchu
manchu

@orlando_knickfan 

Agree on the trade for Bargs.. I still think there was no way you amnesty Stat after the garden was chanting MVP for him earlier in the season. Hindsight is 20/20. It was silly to waste the amnesty on a good player like Billups, especially since it would've been an expiring contract.

lj4four
lj4four

Not that I put too much stock into what Stephen A says, he is saying that it is a possibility.

johneco
johneco

@orlando_knickfan  I don't understand how Phil "wins" in those 2 cases.  Is cutting off your nose to spite your face winning? 

mrdbo
mrdbo

@orlando_knickfan Oh the Internet. A tool that should be used for good, instead used for buffoonery... 

chudogz1
chudogz1

@SheSaidSpikeWho. He must also be a front runner, I mean Heat fan.. LOL

pagey72
pagey72

@SheSaidSpikeWho i think most fans are like that. at the end of the day we love our teams no matter what. if we can last through the past 14 years as knicks fans without jumping ship i doubt we ever will. 

lj4four
lj4four

@Art Perez agreed. Think Phil needs to pull a rabbit or two out of his hat. Idk, perhaps we need to do whatever we can to rid ourselves of brags and stat and convince Melo and James to win it all in NY, wishful thinking and doubt it's possible. If we miss here, our rebuild will take much longer than 2015...

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@pagey72 Your statement does not include Heat or any other professional sports teams fans in the state of Florida. Trust me I know.

manchu
manchu

@lj4four 

Believe it or not I think Stat CAN be moved.. he held up well towards the end of the season and he can still fill up the stat sheet. Big bonus is his expiring contract.