NBA — 18 July 2013
Lakers Eyeing LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony For 2014; Don’t Hold Your Breath

You can argue that the Los Angeles Lakers appear somewhat depleted and they are signing a bunch of guys that won’t necessarily help them win. The good thing about Dwight Howard leaving is that he opens up a ton of cap space for LA.

In the summer of 2014, both Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James will be free agents and can go where ever they like. Will that place be LA? Some reports indicate either one or possibly both will join Kobe next summer. The likelihood of this seems slim, and frankly, it’s highly offensive.

This type of news insults our basketball intelligence. I am going on record as saying neither guy will choose to play with an aging Kobe Bryant at that point. A year from now, the Heat and Knicks will be in better situations, so going to L.A. may be a step backwards from a personnel standpoing.

Here are details, via ESPN:

The Los Angeles Lakers, whose plan to re-sign center Dwight Howard did not pan out this offseason, are looking at adding LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony — among others in a star-studded 2014 free-agent class — front-office sources have told ESPN.

Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or Anthony, with one source calling it “realistic” and another saying it was “far-fetched at this point.” Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the superstars who could become free agents in 2014 by refusing to commit to any contract past this upcoming season, multiple sources have said.



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