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.
Been hearing Lakers aren't that high on him. RT @colefan24 isn't that the max Lakers can offer him? Melo Likes his Money
— Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) January 29, 2014
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?