Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference guard Kobe Bryant (24) of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs onto Eastern Conference forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter of the 2013 NBA all star game at the Toyota Center. West won 143-138. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

How the Lakers Can Form Their Own Big 3 This Summer

The Lakers plan for the last handful of years was to have the maximum amount of cap room this summer with a handful of superstars available to bring to LA. With the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh available, the Lakers could reload, much like they have in the past, as opposed to rebuilding.

However, as is, the Lakers can’t realistically expect to bring in two superstars with Steve Nash‘s contract on the books. However, the Lakers may have a plan to clear out cap space, which Ramona Shelburne of ESPN pointed out.

Let’s say you package the No. 7 pick with Nash, who is owed $9.7 million in the final year of his contract, in a trade for: a good young player like Klay Thompson, who is eligible for a lucrative extension on a team that isn’t sure it wants to pay him yet. Let’s say you hold on to Nash until closer to the trade deadline, when everyone else is clearing out salary to position for what could be an epic free-agent summer of 2015.

It’s not a catbird seat like Miami will be in for as long as LeBron James is there…But it’s a something. And things could really get interesting if the Lakers can find a way to package Nash with the No. 7 pick in a deal — likely after July 1 — that doesn’t return any salary (say for a future draft pick or a veteran on a non-guaranteed deal) so they clear between $11 and $12 million in salary for this free-agent summer, giving them over $30 million in cap space to work with.

That’s enough so that if two of this year’s superstar free agents — LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, etc. — each took a little less ($15-16 million each) and wanted to play together and alongside Kobe Bryant, they could form a pretty hellacious threesome. It’s also plenty of money with which to woo one superstar on a max deal and a player in the $10-12 million range, like Luol Deng, or re-sign Pau Gasol.

As Shelburne herself pointed out later in the article, this is a lot of ifs. However, it’s a plan and reasoning behind the Lakers looking to move their #7 pick with Nash. If they can clear out Nash’s contract with minimal return, the idea of bringing in LeBron and one of his friends becomes far more realistic.

The Lakers will likely rely on the allure of playing with Kobe Bryant as a recruiting pitch. Without a doubt, a Big 3 centered around Kobe and LeBron would be one of the elite in the league.

What do you think, Lakers fans? Would you part with the #7 pick for the CHANCE at forming a Big 3?

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  • thomas rickard

    The Lakers aren’t interested in Mello, start another rumor, and think about it, if they’re going to take big discounts, they’ll stay in Miami, but I don’t think it will happen with Mello, he’s going to be someone’s second choice, or third

  • juntao

    theyd be interested in melo if it entices lebron G.

  • J Taylor

    By trading Nash the team can have a MAXIMUM of $33M assuming they don’t take any salary back. Unless the writer is using “Miami Math” superstars don’t sign for $16.5M.

    This writer and Fansided exemplify how bad media and “paid by the click” media are spreading fake information and driving nonsense rumors. Fansided has sunk below BleacherReport.

    • Jacob Rude

      Appreciate the read!

      I never said anything about salaries. In fact, I just said it’d be more realistic if they dealt Nash. Made no mention of salaries!

  • p.rob.

    I think the biggest allure for Lebron would be the Hollywood Style on a World Stage.Think of the money and opportunities for him, and you playing for the Lakers 2nd largest TVmarket.So lets not count out the idea .cause strange trades happen in the NBA.

  • hampage

    Getting a “big 3″ is overrated, the Spurs beat down the so-called “big 3″, Lakers should focus on getting a legit all-star point guard (free agent Kyle Lowry would be ideal) and depth.

    • Ashton Yates

      The spurs pretty much originated the big 3. So yeah

      • hampage

        The Spurs had 1 all-star this year…hardly a “big 3″ and calling a trio of all-stars on one team “the big 3″ started with Boston (Ray, Pierce and KG), not the Spurs.

    • http://davidhoang.com David Hoang

      I’d love Kyrie Irving.

    • Javon Newton

      Lebron already lost more then kobe and jordan in the finals he already cant be better.

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    There is no chance lebron plays with Kobe. You have to think one of Lebrons goals is to go down as the better player ( he already is) with more rings. Why would he help him get more?

    It’s clear where lebron should go if he wants a ring next year….. OKC thunder

  • Javon Newton

    If we can get Kareem a year after he got mvp and james worthy from a coin tost snd pau for kwame brow then we can get lebro and melo

  • wangkon936

    “How the Lakers Can Form Their Own Big 3…”

    … within three years.

    Seriously Lakers fans. Delayed gratification much?

  • jayday

    lol this will never happen. Kobe will never let lebron james play alongside him on the lakers. Because kobe is nearing the end of his career while Lebron is in his prime, I am sure Kobe doesnt want the lakers to disown his legacy by bringing the very player who is also known as the leagues best player. I just dont see it happening.

  • Jorden

    Horrible article. No chance, Melo and Lebron take 15-16M while Kobe gets 23M.