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

Johnny Manziel Sent Home Early From Manning Camp

Johnny Manziel Sent Home Early From Manning CampTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner but he couldn’t make it through the 2013 Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., as he was reportedly sent home due to illness, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com.

‘Feeling ill’

Many of the best quarterbacks that college football has to offer were in Thibodaux for the camp, run by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and their father, Archie Manning. Manziel, however, didn’t complete the camp.

Manziel reportedly missed some assigned meetings and practice sessions as a college coach and counselor. According to Mortensen, the Manning Academy released a statement explaining the situation:

Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach. After missing and being late for practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go home a day early.


‘Negative stories’

This statement comes on the heels of rumors that Manziel was actually sent home for staying out late the night before and showing up tardy to practice sessions. According to Northwestern State Demons play-by-play announcer and CBS Sports personality Patrick Netherton, the rumors appear to have some credibility, although Manning Academy officials have since denied them.

There is no question that Manziel is one of the most talented college football players in recent memory, but his reputation has taken serious hits as negative stories have surfaced.

Do you think Johnny Manziel was sent home early from the Manning Camp because of illness? Or was it something else?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News