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

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Phil Jackson Takes A Jab At Dwight Howard For Leaving Lakers

Phil Jackson Takes A Jab At Dwight Howard For Leaving LakersLuckily for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson’s word is still law in Hollywood. Dwight Howard left an unfamiliar, jilted feeling in the hearts of the Lakers and their fans when he opted to join James Harden and the Houston Rockets rather than return to Tinseltown.

‘Left a distaste’

The Lakers aren’t used to being cast aside and coming up empty-handed. That’s just not how it works. Typically, they get what they want. This time they didn’t, and as the Zen Master noted on Twitter, Superman has forever left a tainted imprint on those in Lakerland as the result of his departure.

“Reflection on DHoward’s exodus. He left a distaste in Lakerland The Lakers will be fine. Pau fits MDA’s style of Off-it was about the future”

Jackson’s admittance that Howard left a “distaste” in Los Angeles isn’t nearly as important as what follows: He believes the Lakers are going to be fine.


‘Without Howard’

Pau Gasol is indeed a better fit for Mike D’Antoni’s system than Dwight ever was. Not that he couldn’t have been, but he just never embraced the pick-and-roll aspect of Magic Mike’s offense. Pau presents no such issues. When healthy, Gasol is a premier screen-and-roll option. His ability to knock down shots from the inside out is also something that gives him an advantage over most centers, including Howard.

Provided Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are still healthy and the team finds some shooters, the Lakers can make some noise in the Western Conference. Without Howard. Just as much as the Rockets can. With Howard.

Which of the two teams will be stronger this coming NBA season — the Lakers or the Rockets? Do you agree with Phil Jackson’s opinion about Dwight Howard’s exodus?

Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News