Jan 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 110-103. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers Not Sold On Signing Carmelo?

Much has been made about the Lakers assumed attempts to swing big this off-season with all the cap room they’ll possess and the list of marquee free agents likely to be made available. One of the more popular names linked to the Lakers has been Carmelo Anthony, one of the few non-teammate friends of franchise centerpiece Kobe Bryant. Anthony will likely opt out of his deal with the Knicks in search of a bigger payday, and LA is thought to be a team likely to come calling.


However, the Lakers have done nothing to signal their interest in Melo, with all rumors and reports pointing toward LeBron James as the primary target. Larry Coon, NBA salary tycoon and CBA genius, entertained and answered questions on Tuesday night via Twitter. He revealed that the Lakers may not be too hot on signing Melo.



It makes sense that the Lakers would be uneasy about bringing in another high volume shooter to put beside Kobe Bryant. While Anthony would command the attention of defenses, he’d also command a lot of the available cap space. In order to persuade him to come to LA over hometown New York, the Lakers would have to offer a max deal of near $100 million dollars. While there is room for one max deal, it would severely handicap the Lakers at filling out the rest of the roster.


What do you think, Lakers Nation: should the Lakers sign Carmelo at the max?


Should the Lakers Sign Carmelo This Off-Season?

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  • Marty Susman

    Melo has never been a winner, is not a winner & will never be a winner. He is a ball hog, he has almost zero defense, he has already dumped one team & now wants to throw another one under the bus after they gave half their roster to get him. Sorry folks this is not who I would like to see carry the Laker banner into the next season…

    • J Taylor

      Obviously, Melo would improve the team, but would bring negatives too…
      If he wants to come to LA, so be it. But, accept him on Lakers terms, and in a situation that makes sense from the cap perspective.
      - I can’t imagine Melo will turn down being King of his Hometown and a $130M payday. And, to some extent control of the franchise.

      If the goal is to acquire Love in 2015, i’m not sure Melo fits in the picture as both are basically PF’s.
      And if Durant is the goal in 2016, the 3 couldn’t co-exist.

      Draft a Center, or Kobe Replacement…. Add Deng, Lowry, and (eventually) Love, and take the step back into the playoffs next year.

      Lakers need players and superstars that want to play on the biggest stage, be in the spotlight, and thrive under the pressure. If a player doesn’t want to be in LA, then maybe the team should take notice and let them pass. – Obviously, they aren’t Lakers material.

  • Marty Susman

    I agree, Melo is just not a Laker guy. We need to look at Greg Monroe this year & Dion Waiters & Love if something can be done. We can also look at Brook Lopez, send Gasol to the Net’s, Lopez here and ready for next season. Golden State still would LOVE to have Blake as a great backup to Curry, we NEED to work on that trade & in return for Blake, Harrison Barnes… It would be GREAT if we got those three this year….Lopez/Monroe (power forward isle get Lopez) Love a power forward, Barnes a great wing. We NEED a whole new starting five. I truly don’t think Kobe will ever be able to play full gems as a starter again. If we can get our hands on Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters, Monroe or Lopez & Love, that would be GREAT group of moves for the team. The following year we can actually think of Westbrook coming to play with his best buddy, Love. Think K. Irving or John Wall or even Lillard. if Westbrook does not make the move.

  • Daryl Peek

    Foolish to think Melo couldn’t thrive with Kobe. Melo is averaging 27 points and 9 boards a game. The respect Kobe and Melo have for each other would yield the same chemistry you see with LeBron and Wade. With that one move you fix the team depth also as you can always have an alpha on the floor as leading scorer if you stagger their minutes like Miami does. All the Lakers would need is a couple of defensive minded role players, especially a center to fill out the roster.

    Say what you want about Melo defensively but he’s averaging almost 1 block and 1.5 seals a game. And as far as the winner thing goes, Dirk Nowitzki was never a winner til he got paired up with Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd. That was an old team that smoked everyone! KG and Ray Allen and Pau Pierce were career losers til they came together.

    I’m not a fan of Melo but I can see the value of him becoming a Laker with Kobe. To be honest their is no other superstar that would fit better IMO. At least not one that potentially gonna be free before Kobe’s done. I can’t see LeBron wanting to play with Kobe in LA. LeBron is already on that level where he’s the man on any team.. Melo would likely have no problem deferring to Kobe given Melo has no hardware. Keep in mind Shaq said Kobe is cool with you shining long as you get it done in crunch time. Melo has hit way more clutch shots than Kobe over the last 8 years.

    • Chad


      Melo & Kobe would meld together with no problem. It’s like two brothers teaming up to play basketball together, but they are both NBA Superstars.

  • Chad

    Larry Coon doesn’t have any sources. The Lakers would never turn down Melo. Durant is going anywhere. He will be with the Thunder for his entire career.