According to a recent report from ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers are already planning on targeting both Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James next summer during the NBA’s free agency period. Shocking, right?
There’s no doubt that James, a four-time NBA MVP, and Anthony, the league’s defending scoring title champion, are the top two targets in next year’s class — that of course is considering the fact that both make the decision to opt out of their contracts.
Of course a potential super team of LeBron, Carmelo and Kobe Bryant would be something else, but if this is a viable option it will come into play next year when the timing is right — not in mid-July of 2013, a full year before any of it would even be possible.
It’s obvious that if the Lakers landed their top target in free agency this summer (ahem, Dwight Howard), then this conversation would never even be a topic of discussion. Now however, they have the potential space to make a play and a pitch at one, if not both, of these superstars. But once again, let’s wait and see if it’s even a viable option.
This could simply be a media ploy by the Lakers to turn the attention away from an otherwise, completely disappointing off-season. NBA fans know who the better team in the city of Los Angeles is right now and believe it or not, it’s not the Lakers.
Let’s wait and see how things play out during the 2013-14 season before rushing into the decision-making process of the 2014 free agent period.
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