Melo for 2014 ?

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  1. limeytech DSP Legend

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  2. craig Go 'Cats!

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    Not in a huge hurry to get Melo, but Pringles would certainly have to go first, so that's a positive.
  3. LAdiablo descarado

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    i think you would get melo after all the nonsense. and w kobe in his ear...i'm in.
  4. BigDaddyKaine DSP Legend

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    Melo is really talented, I'd take him.
  5. irish whiskey

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    si mon
  6. Zero Cool Well-Known Member

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    Melo is the best free agent next to lebron next summer. Dont even bother to think that lebron will come to LA.

    Melo can eventually take over when Kobe retires, he's clutch, should be good enough to replace Kobe for a few years
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  7. irish whiskey

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    don't kill the messenger...

    By Tom Ziller/SB Nation | July 9, 2013/10:01am

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    Oh no! Carmelo Anthony might go to the Lakers in 2014! How will we ever keep a straight face?

    On Saturday, I wrote that without a miracle, the L.A. Lakers were on track to fall apart as a competitive team after losing Dwight Howard for nothing in free agency. I addressed one of those murmurs about how some Lakers fans think the team will bounce back.

    Outside of Miami's trio of stars, the only other big name not in his mid to late-30s who could be available in 2014 free agency is Carmelo Anthony, but he seems to like New York quite a lot.

    Indeed! Remember: 'Melo, facing 2011 free agency and wanting to sign a long-term extension before the lockout, more or less demanded a trade to the Knicks. There were preliminary talks between the Nuggets and Lakers at one point, but 'Melo clearly focused in on New York (which he calls his hometown) and wanted to be a Knick. He's been a Knick. The Knicks have been good. He's been the central piece of the rebirth of the Knicks, however flawed the finished product has ended up. He's a superstar and an MVP candidate in the biggest city in the United States. He'll take it.

    To get him to the Lakers, as the Los Angeles Times speculated and as the New York Post discusses on Tuesday, he'd need to opt out of $23.7 million due to him in 2014-15 after failing to reach a lucrative multi-year extension (potentially three years, $75 million) with New York this coming spring. That's a lot of dough for a guy turning 30 next spring. So he'd be tossing away one of the fatter contracts in the league, threatening to leave a city he says he loves, leaving a top-4 team in the East for a team that might not make the playoffs in 2013-14 and has also been laughed out of the postseason the last three times they've made it. All to play with a 36-year-old Kobe Bryant.

    It's hilarious in the sense that it's so outrageous. We talked about Lakers' exceptionalism last year -- this is textbook exceptionalism. The money, the locale, the history, the quality of the teams -- none of that matters because the Lakers. "We lost Dight Howard, who left money on the table to leave us, so we'll just get another potential MVP, no matter the illogic of it all!" (See also: the LeBron James malarkey.)

    But the funniest part is the idea that a 30-year-old 'Melo and a 36-year-old Kobe are the basis for a title contender, or that a 30-year-old 'Melo is the star to carry the Lakers into the post-Kobe dawn. Anthony is a fantastic player, and the Lakers would be lucky to have him. But at a price above $20 million on a team stripped off youth (and basically everything at that point) and assets in a far tougher conference? (Steve Nash is the only other Laker with a contract for the 2014-15 season right now. Steve Nash is currently 39 years old.) Howard is two years younger than 'Melo and has already shown he can be the best player on an NBA Finals team ... and commands a lower salary, and in theory meshes better with a player like Kobe on account of not being a ball-dominant scorer. After 'Melo (up to $25 million per year) and Kobe (anywhere from $15-30 million, realistically) plus Nash ($9.7 million), the Lakers are unlikely to have any room with which to operate. (Along with, again, few assets and no matching salaries to use in trades.) Otherwise, the plan sounds great!

    'Melo and Kobe, in 2015 and 2016 and 2017, a contender? That's just hilarious.

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  8. harkeyed DSP Regular

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    Who in the fuck is Tom Ziller?
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    Stephen A. Smith was saying that LeBron has always wanted to play with Carmelo and that if would take the perfect situation for LeBron to leave MIA to team up with Melo.

    Perfect situation sounds like LA with Cap. :pray:
  10. BigDaddyKaine DSP Legend

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    Anthony bolting Knicks for Lakers a real possibility


    Anthony in La-La land with La La Vasquez?

    It’s a good match, especially if things don’t work out next season for the Knicks. La La spends a chunk of time in Hollywood and Las Vegas anyway, and they have pads in both places.

    The Los Angeles Times speculated yesterday the Lakers, after losing out on Dwight Howard and projecting major cap space in 2014, could target Anthony if he winds up on the free-agent market. The report cited Anthony’s friendship with Kobe Bryant, who once said Anthony was the one player with whom he’d love to be teammates.

    Anthony has an opt-out clause after next season. If the Knicks don’t take a step forward in 2013-14, he may see stars. Hollywood stars.

    The Post has reported the Knicks can offer Anthony an extension starting in February, which would mark the collective bargaining agreement’s required three years from his last extension. But it’s unlikely Anthony would accept and blow his first chance at free agency.

    The Post reported on May 29 that Anthony hoped the Knicks would acquire a secondary scorer to play alongside him and was concerned about management’s postseason remarks the team would stay intact. The underlying implication was if Anthony doesn’t see the team upgrade the roster with more star power, it could factor in his decision on whether to stay in New York long-term.

    Anthony doesn’t want the contract opt-out to be leverage on the Knicks making moves this summer. On trash-bag day, he said it would be “selfish’’ for him to comment on his contract situation. On the afternoon of the NBA Draft, Anthony participated in a ceremony in which he refurbished two basketball courts in the Red Hook apartments where he was raised.

    When asked about the notion the Knicks didn’t have a lot of free-agent money to spend, Anthony said: “I won’t whine or complain about anything. All I can do is tighten up my belt and keep on moving and going and get the troops going.’’

    So far, the Knicks are one of a small handful of clubs who haven’t agreed to terms with an outside free agent. Boston is another one. Blame it on the new collective bargaining agreement.

    Anthony told friends after the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade to the Nets, he figured the Knicks would make a play for point guard for Rajon Rondo. Anthony believes Rondo would be the perfect piece and would be super motivated in New York to attempt to knock off Garnett and Pierce.

    Instead, the Knicks will return two of their three primary free agents in J.R. Smith, who flopped in the playoffs, and Pablo Prigioni. They didn’t even have enough money in this new CBA to keep their young sniper, Chris Copeland. And they may not have enough to woo aging Elton Brand. Or the cash to get a commitment from competent but hardly scintillating backup point guard Sebastian Telfair. Another Knicks target, point guard Will Bynum, agreed to terms last night to remain in Detroit.

    The Knicks even were spurned by Houston small forward Francisco Garcia of The Bronx. He chose against signing with his hometown team, taking the same minimum offer from the Rockets to maintain his Bird rights — key in this new economic climate.

    The Knicks’ biggest addition to date is via trade — Andrea Bargnani from the Raptors. He will officially become a Knick tomorrow with the finalization of their deal with Toronto. If Bargnani doesn’t become the secondary sniper to Anthony, doesn’t revive his ailing career in the Big Apple, it’s easy to imagine the Knicks will be worse than last season’s 54-win, Atlantic Division-champion, second-round club.

    Of course, the Los Angeles scenario has the small matter of Mike D’Antoni being the Lakers coach. Anthony and D’Antoni didn’t click in New York. But that can change after next season.

    The Knicks’ championship window is looking a lot like one year. Because if things aren’t grand at the Garden, Anthony may want to spread his wings to the other coast with Kobe.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/melo_ing_out_zXeGnDTuMXmxj6hWn1uZrK
  11. BLB552000 Well-Known Member

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    I can see it now.....for the next year all we will hear about is Lebron/Melo to L.A.
  12. phils phanatic Active Member

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    Lebron, kobe, and melo? On the same team? is there enough balls to how around for.that to happen? I known its nash at PG and when hes was at his mvp peak he would have made it work, but he'd be at least 3 years away from that type of play.at that point?

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