In an offseason filled with plenty of exciting moves, it’s safe to say the Los Angeles Lakers came up on the losing end after all of their effort to bring Dwight Howard back went to waste when the star center made the decision to sign with the Houston Rockets instead. Expectations were high for the Lakers last year when they acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to play alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, but the team turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments as they earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.
At this point, there’s no telling what to expect from Los Angeles heading into the 2013-14 season as they have to deal with Bryant recovering from his torn Achilles’ tendon as well. It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the Lakers ended up going through a rebuilding year next season, but it appears the team is already making plans to targeting two of the league’s top stars for the 2014-15 season–LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
Obviously, it’s insane to even think about a move like this now considering how much time there is between now and then, but that hasn’t stopped the Lakers from at least thinking about it. The thought of James and Anthony playing together as teammates alongside Bryant is scary in general and if these two stars do end up becoming free agents during the 2014 offseason–it certainly shouldn’t be ruled out.
Still, the chances of this actually happening are slim at this point and there’s no reason for anyone to make a big deal about it just yet. If anything, the thought of adding James and Anthony is probably the most exciting thing about free agency when it comes to the Lakers–and it’s not even for this year.