The Los Angeles Times yesterday had a report talking about the possibility that Carmelo Anthony will be one of the top free agent targets for the Lakers in 2014.
Now that the Dwightmare has ended in LA, the Lakers are looking at a ton of cap space after next season and could re load the roster with superstar talent to give Kobe Bryant one last run at a dynasty.
Anthony, the NBA’s scoring champion this season, has had some success in Denver and New York but has gotten as far as the conference finals only once in 10 seasons, with the Nuggets in 2009. He can opt out of the final year on his contract with the Knicks ($24.4 million) after this coming season.
“I would actually like to play with Melo,” said Bryant, as documented by Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com in 2011. “Championships are won on the inside and I’m always thinking about winning the title. I would love to play with Melo because I would know that I have an inside presence. That’s really been the biggest strength with our Lakers team.”
Bryant has said many times that he and Anthony are good friends, stemming from their time together with Team USA.
The Lakers would be able to offer a four-year, $100.5-million contract to Anthony, starting at $23.5 million.
So Melo is going to…
A) Leave New York and money on the table
B) Willingly accept the idea of no longer being THE star on a major team to go be Kobe’s sidekick in LA?
Yeah, I don’t think so.
With the Knicks being able to have Melo sign for more money and the possibility of having enough cap room to add one more max player in 2015, I doubt he leaves for LA.
I just don’t see Melo wanting to become another Dwayne Wade and be the “other guy” like Wade has since Lebron came to Miami.
Keep dreaming LA, keep dreaming.