The Los Angeles Lakers will be making some tough decisions this summer as the franchise attempts to pick up the pieces after the worst season in franchise history.
One move rumored to be possibility for the Lakers is signing free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony. Although the New York Knicks are still considered to be the frontrunners to retain Anthony, the Lakers will have the cap space to lure him to Los Angeles this summer.
Anthony may be attracted to the city of Los Angeles and the Lakers franchise for obvious reasons, but the feeling may not be mutual. In fact, along with the team not being as interested in pairing Anthony with Kobe as once thought, president Jeanie Buss isn’t crazy about the idea of snatching the superstar away from fiance, Phil Jackson, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:
Meanwhile, the Lakers have cap space but sources maintain they aren’t too interested in Anthony as a fit with Kobe Bryant. Nor is Lakers president Jeanie Buss enthralled with stealing Anthony from Jackson, her fiancé.
With Kobe and Carmelo having very similar styles of play, it would be safe to assume the two superstars probably wouldn’t be able to coexist in Los Angeles. Bringing in Anthony would definitely improve the Lakers’ chances of rebounding quickly after an extremely disappointing season, but the Kobe-Melo dynamic might not be the best direction to head in with Bryant’s history of clashes with other superstars like Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard.
Buss may not want to steal Anthony away from Jackson and Lakers brass may already have reservations about a potential Kobe-Melo duo in Los Angeles, but the storied franchise signing the superstar isn’t out of the question. The team seems to be focused on turning things around in the summer of 2015 with the potential signing of Kevin Love and perhaps another big-name free agent, but if Anthony is there for the taking and wants to sign with the Lakers, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the team roll the dice on the New York native.
At this point in time, anything can happen with no telling what the direction will be for the Lakers. Once a new head coach is hired, the direction will likely become clearer, but in the meantime, anything is possible for this franchise desperately trying to right the ship.
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