L.A. Lakers Pursuing LeBron James And Carmelo Anthony For 2014

L.A. Lakers Pursuing LeBron James And Carmelo Anthony For 2014According to Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the Lakers are hoping to make a run at Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James in free agency next offseason.

‘Max-level contracts’

Both Anthony and James have the option to terminate their contracts following the 2013-14 season to become free agents. It is unknown whether either or both players are considering doing so, but there is no question that they would be the two biggest prizes on the market.

Anthony and James would obviously be in line for max-level contracts, so the Lakers would probably have to do quite a bit of maneuvering to get deals done. According to Shelburne and Windhorst’s sources, there are conflicting opinions regarding whether the Lakers will have a realistic shot at landing either.


‘Pay cut’

James’ potential free agency has been a major topic of conversation since he has already won two titles and can afford to go wherever he wants. According to Shelburne andWindhorst, though, a league source believes that LeBron is far from reaching a decision. As for Carmelo, Shelburne and Windhorst are reporting that a termination of his contract is even more likely than James as he could then seek a four- or five-year deal.

Since Kobe Bryant is scheduled to make $30.5 million this year, he would almost certainly have to take a pay cut for the Lakers to haul in such a sizable bounty. Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles believes that Bryant would be a key figure in getting LeBron, Carmelo or both to sign in L.A., as he loved playing alongside them in the Olympics.

Do you think the Lakers will succeed in signing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony for the 2014 offseason? And will Kobe Bryant take a pay cut?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: ESPN

Three All-NBA Teams Announced

Three All-NBA Teams AnnouncedOn Thursday, the NBA announced its selections for the 2012-13 All-NBA teams.

‘First team’

The first team includes LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The second team includes Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Blake Griffin of the Clippers, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, Tony Parker of the Spurs and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder.

Finally, the third team is comprised of David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Dwight Howard of the Lakers, Dwyane Wade of the Heat and James Harden of the Houston Rockets.


‘Phenomenal’

According to the Lakers’ Twitter account, Bryant’s 11th selection to the first team ties him with Karl Malone for the most all time. Bryant was excellent again in 2012-13, averaging 27.3 points while moving into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Via USA Today, James led all players with 119 votes for first-team selection, while Durant was second with 102. James was once again phenomenal this season and was nearly the league’s consensus MVP (his fourth time winning the award), leading the Heat in points (26.8), assists (7.3) and rebounds (8.0) per game.

Durant wasn’t too shabby himself, averaging 28.1 points per contest.

Which team do you think is the best team among the three? And which team are you rooting for?

Source: Timothy Rapp, Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated