Los Angeles Lakers Better Off Not Pursuing Carmelo Anthony Via Free Agency

By Joseph Crevier
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Potentially the biggest name to hit the free agency market this offseason will be none other than New York Knicks forward, Carmelo Anthony. Anthony possesses a player option for next season, but is expected to opt out to seek a long-term contract as he enters year 12 of his illustrious career. This will be perhaps his final max contract, and he will rightfully weigh his options rather than simply re-upping with New York immediately.

A recently rumored front-runner in the Anthony sweepstakes is the Los Angeles Lakers, but reports now state otherwise. The main reason is that management does not believe the duo of Anthony and Kobe Bryant would be the best fit. This should not come as a surprise because both are known scorers, and both players love to take upwards of 25 shots per game. Anthony stealing shots from Bryant would not go over well, and vice versa.

Yes, Anthony could be a valuable piece moving forward after Bryant retires, but that date is still unknown. Also, inking Anthony to a max contract will basically eliminate any shot the team has at landing Kevin Love, who is a much younger player with much more potential. At this point, Los Angeles is better off looking to acquire young, raw talent over established stars on the final legs of their careers.

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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