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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Dwight Howard Wanted Lakers To Amnesty Kobe Bryant

Dwight Howard Wanted Lakers To Amnesty Kobe BryantAs Dwight Howard’s departure from the Los Angeles Lakers moves further into the past, more reasons are surfacing as to why the big man chose to leave Tinseltown. Sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein that a potentially delayed power shift in Lakers nation helped lead Howard to the Houston Rockets:

‘Future face of the franchise’

The Lakers, almost from the moment Howard arrived in August 2012, had gone to great lengths to assure the 27-year-old that they saw him as the future face of the franchise and that the torch would be passed from Bryant to him in short order.

But with Bryant saying publicly just a week before free agency that he was thinking of playing at least two or three more seasons, it was hard for Howard to envision when he would assume that role, sources said.

The ESPN report goes on to state that Howard’s representatives brought up the possibility of cutting ties with Kobe Bryant in the offseason, saying “Howard’s camp at one point asked the Lakers whether they were at least considering releasing Bryant through the league’s amnesty provision.”


‘Cash-strapped’

Howard had envisioned a potential partnership with Chris Paul over the summer, but the cash-strapped Lakers couldn’t make that happen without some clever manipulation of their financial books. Those possible moves were either stymied by potential trade partners or overruled by the Lakers themselves.

The possibility of the Lakers shedding Bryant’s $30 million-plus salary through the amnesty clause was talked about in the rumor mill shortly after his season came to an abrupt end due to a torn Achilles but never seemed to carry much weight in L.A.’s camp. Howard tried barking up that tree, and in doing so, he helped fuel his exit.

Was signing with the Houston Rockets the right move for Dwight Howard? And what about the Lakers?

Source: Zach Buckley | Bleacher Report

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