By Sean Sarcu @seansarcu on July 5, 2014
Carmelo Anthony is apparently seriously considering joining the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA free agency after earlier reports suggested his primary potential landing spots were with just the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. Despite the allure of the purple and gold, signing with the Lakers wouldn't be a good idea for Anthony. Here are five reasons why Carmelo shouldn't ink a deal with Los Angeles.
As with any decision in free agency, family is playing a big role in Anthony's. Los Angeles is about as far from New York City as is possible and consequently carries with it the greatest familial impact. On the other hand, a city like Chicago is just a short flight away from the Big Apple.
Kobe Bryant will be L.A.'s alpha dog and first option as long as he remains in a Lakers uniform, and that probably isn't an attractive a proposition in Anthony's eyes. Even after the Black Mamba retires, Carmelo would naturally be compared to him for the rest of his time in Los Angeles. Being constantly juxtaposed with a player who has five championship rings wouldn't be too much fun.
The Lakers' best young talent, Julius Randle, is a completely unknown NBA commodity. Their roster is exceptionally limited, and Bryant's enormous contract combined with a hypothetical max deal for Anthony would make putting together a full squad of useful players in the near future essentially impossible. Other suitors such as the Bulls and Rockets offer Carmelo a much better shot at a championship than Los Angeles does.
The Lakers still haven't hired a coach, and there have been plenty of negative reviews and rumors regarding their front office ever since Jerry Buss passed away in 2013. With or without Anthony, Los Angeles has a lot of problems to sort out.
Money seems to be the main reason that the Lakers have emerged as a possible destination for Carmelo, with reports suggesting that Los Angeles is offering him the four-year, $ 97 million maximum. If money is really Anthony's chief concern in free agency, then he should sign with the team that can offer him the most: the New York Knicks. Forget Phil Jackson's posturing; the Knicks would hand Carmelo whatever he wanted if it meant he would stay.
Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.
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