If Los Angeles Lakers Grab Tom Thibodeau, Carmelo Anthony Should Be Pursued In Free Agency

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Months ago, the Los Angeles Lakers appeared to be the ideal situation for Carmelo Anthony this offseason the minute he hits free agency. However, with Mike D’Antoni as the head coach and the team in complete turmoil, Anthony’s name was completely wiped off the table as even a possibility.

Many things have changed for Los Angeles this past week, though, as D’Antoni has formally resigned his head coaching position. It is no secret Anthony and D’Antoni did not get along while with the New York Knicks, so this completely eliminated Anthony even entertaining the idea of joining the Lakers. Luckily, the spot is vacant and will likely remain that way for a few months — or at least until management can fully assess their options in free agency.

General manager Mitch Kupchak has remained set on saving the team’s cap space for the summer of 2015, but if the opportunity presents itself to grab Anthony this summer, it may not be such a bad idea. A hot commodity at the moment seems to be Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls, who has been involved in numerous rumors regarding the Lakers’ coaching spot. Yes he is under contract in Chicago, but this does not completely out rule a potential trade sending Thibodeau to Los Angeles.

Furthermore, if the Lakers are somehow able to complete a deal to acquire Thibodeau, pursuing Anthony makes much more sense. Anthony has made it clear that he is a big fan of Thibodeau, and that’s partly the reason why he is contemplating a possible deal with Chicago. Thibodeau’s defensive mind and ability to get the most out of his players would be perfect for the potential pairing of Kobe Bryant and Anthony. He may be the one person who can finally mold Anthony into a tenacious defender, which can ultimately catapult his game to the next level.

Additionally, the Lakers hold a very valuable draft pick which can be used to acquire a Julius Randle or Joel Embiid type player, adding frontcourt size and defensive ability. Of course, this entire scenario is a long shot, but if it ends up being a realistic scenario Los Angeles may be a contender much sooner than anticipated. There may even be ample room remaining to make another free agency signing, such as a Luol Deng or Trevor Ariza. One thing is for sure; Thibodeau has not shot down any speculation regarding the Lakers’ head coaching job.

Joseph Crevier covers the Los Angeles Lakers for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RealJoeCrev, and Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • J Taylor

    Sure, if Thibideau then Melo.
    But Chicago is looking to use Thibs as the bait to attract Melo to form it’s own big-3. And if Thibs left, it would essentially send the Bulls into a mini-rebuild around Joakim and Noah.
    I’m a Lakers fan, and I would love it, but I don’t it Thibs coming to LA as a realistic possibility. – Ollie hopefully.

  • Jah

    Delusional Lakers fans thinks they’re gonna get both Melo and Thibbs, and the Bulls just going to play along to let it happen. Smh.

    The Lakers need to stay out of NBA business transactions when they have no business sticking their nose in matters that doesn’t involve them in any realistic sense whatsoever.

    Melo is already on record saying he wouldn’t want to team up with Kobe……no Superstar do, for that matter. And what supporting cast does L.A. have? None. The Lakers are just a rebuilding waiting to happen, and Melo has no time for a 3 to 5 year window to “grow” with the Lakers.

    Besides Kobe, there is no one for Melo to team up with to win games. Especially in a toughened West conference. He’d be better off staying with the Knocks than joining a dead Lakers team living on “imagination fumes.”

    The Bulls in the same predicament. Besides Noah who, offensively, is average……..there is no one else to give Melo a solid core. The Bulls fans are just as delusional as the Lakers fans, and thinking Derrick Rose will come back a “rebirth” Man with no more injuries to worry about. Delusional clowns. Rose is done. He’d never be the same again. His situation will be just like Danny Granger; a once promising Superstar himself only to be beset by injuries.

    The most realistic situation for Melo is the Houston Rockets. They are already built as a serious contender. They only lacking a real Coach than that bonehead DUMB Loser, Kevin McHale. With Howard and Harden in the fold, Melo couldn’t ask for a better tandem than that. He gets the best Center in the game and one of the best SG in the game. That’s a legitimate Big 3 of: Howard, Harden and Melo. Compared with Noah, a broken-down Rose or an Old-Man, Kobe and will make sure Melo understands “this is still my team and not yours.” Melo will have to play second-fiddle to Kobe just like he tried to do to Howard. I doubt Melo goes for that crap.

    The Bulls and Lakers need to stop acting like they’re a ready-made squad for a Championship run. The Lakers are years away from it. The Bulls can’t stay healthy with their core players to be legitimate. The Rockets simply makes the most since. Even Oscar Robertson understands that, even as a Knick Icon and Fan.

    Make it happen, Morey.

    • mthashp

      Decaf, bro. And most Laker fans actually want nothing at all to do with Melo. He’s a chucker that can’t lead or play defense. You keep him.