Reports are brewing in Tinseltown that the Los Angeles Lakers are prepared to offer free agent Carmelo Anthony a max deal. The reported max deal would be in the four-year, $95 million range. This price tag seems a bit steep to land the seven-time All-Star. However, Mitch Kupchak has said time and time again that they will go “all-in” in an attempt to land a huge name alongside Kobe Bryant.
Bryant and Anthony have a noted friendship stemming from their runs at gold in numerous Olympic games. Kobe is notorious for not speaking to many players, rookies and vets alike. Oddly enough, he and Anthony are good friends nonetheless. We have seen friends team up before, most recently in South Beach.
The combo of Anthony and Bryant could work wonders in Laker Land. The two are on the short list of truly prolific scorers that the NBA has to offer. Of course, there is always the question of how two alpha males can coexist with just one basketball on the court, but great players find a way to get the most out of each other — even if it means putting aside some of their personal talents for team success.
If Anthony ends up signing the dotted line, the Lakers could see an immediate overhaul to their current roster overnight. Adding Anthony could almost ensure that the talents of skilled big man Pau Gasol would stay in purple and gold. Free agent targets around the league could put the Lakers higher on their list of potential landing spots.
Players like Isaiah Thomas could also end up on the Lakers’ doorstep if the biggest domino in free agency falls into the team’s lap. The potential lineup of Thomas, Bryant, Anthony, Julius Randle and Gasol could make for a very entertaining and competitive team.
Of course, it is all speculation at this point. As we wait on Anthony to make his decision by the end of the weekend, one thing is certain: wherever Anthony decides to take his talents, the rest of the league will see signings left and right as teams gear up to spend money.