Lebron and Carmelo to the Lakers?
New reports are saying that the Lakers front office has told ESPN that they are looking to bring either Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James to Hollywood in 2014.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: The Lakers have a lot of rebuilding to do, and will need to make a big move in 2014.
It's been a tough year for the Lakeshow.
The man who built up Showtime in Los Angeles and made the Lakers one of the most storied teams in all of sports, Dr. Jerry Buss, died earlier this year. Mike Brown was fired a few weeks into this past season, and for a minute it looked possible that Phil Jackson would be their savior, until Jim Buss (Dr. Buss' son who officially took over after his father's passing) went out and hired Mike D'Antoni; a decent coach, but a guy who clearly had a difficult time motivating his team to win games. The Lakers fought tough criticism and inconsistent play all year but ended up making the playoffs (although were swept 4-0 by the Spurs in the 1st round), right before their superstar, Kobe Bryant, ended his season with a torn Achilles, an injury he's still recovering from, and one in which makes a timeline for his return uncertain.
But at least they still had Dwight Howard.
Until the big man they decided would be the future of the organization exercised his right as a free agent and left for the Rockets, in hopes of winning a championship with James Harden, Kevin McHale and company. Players don't bounce out of LA like that, but Howard clearly had no belief that the purple and gold were poised to get him his first ring.
So the front office is faced with some rebuilding, and are probably giving themselves a year to do it; until Kobe is fully healthy and they have plenty of money to spend. But thankfully for the Lakers, selling LA to any prospective player isn't that hard, so in the meantime they've signed a bunch of solid players on the cheap, including Chris Kaman, Nick Young, and Jordan Farmar; which will allow them to at least compete, while getting ready to make a run at Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony in 2014.
Then there are those people, like Chris Broussard's of ESPN, who see Lebron staying in Miami to win more championships or back to Cleveland to help them win one; and Melo (who's a big fan of LA but not D'Antoni) staying in NYC where he can continue being the King of the Big Apple.
But Broussard did make it a point to mention … "You can never write off the Lakers."
And just because it's kind of interesting, in addition to Lebron, Melo and Kobe … Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul George and John Wall are also potential free agents in 2014.
What do you think? Will Kobe be playing with Lebron or Melo in 2014? Feel free to leave us a comment!
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