The Los Angeles Lakers are absolutely cruising this offseason, riding low with the top down as everyone in front of them gets out of the way and opens up the traffic.
According to the latest Carmelo Anthony rumor, things will continue to get better for L.A.
As you know by now, Anthony is set to make a break from the Oklahoma City Thunder, via a recent report from ESPN.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jordan Schultz would later state Melo preferred to go to the L.A. Lakers and that the 34-year-old star was “high on chance to finally play with (LeBron James).”
The latest on the budding Melo drama comes by way of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Thunder are working on trade scenarios where Anthony, 34, would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $ 28M clears waivers. OKC needs the Anthony’s permission to waive no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, sources said. https://t.co/1p6hoBvTIs
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2018
Wojnarowski reports: “In advance of an inevitable — if not imminent — parting, the Oklahoma City Thunder granted Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN.”
Wojnarowski also states the Rockets meeting included coach Mike D’Antoni who didn’t exactly have a banana-boat kind of relationship with Anthony in New York with the Knicks.
The report leaves out any mention of the Lakers. It would suggest that L.A. may be third behind the Heat and the Rockets for Melo’s services.
While complete conjecture on my part, it would be a celebrated fact if it were true. Anthony is loath to play defense and, despite making a career-high 169 threes last season, endured a dip in his overall field-goal percentage, the worst of his career (.404).
With Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo on the roster, the Lakers are already flush with players who come packing huge characters and loquacious leadership.
While Anthony could certainly come aboard as a dedicated bench player, there is a very good chance a caustic version of Melo surfaces to rock the boat and sink an otherwise successful ship.
The Lakers absolutely don’t need Anthony. While there is no confirmation that they would consider him, a decision that would make for an otherwise horrible fit has perhaps already been ripped from their grasp.
A similar situation played out earlier in the offseason with Kawhi Leonard. While a trade with the Lakers could certainly happen at any time, the Lakers were steadfast and did not send a treasure trove of young talent for the embattled and, perhaps, still injured Spurs star.
As I previously wrote, trading for Leonard at this point—when his injury status is still an issue and he is set to become a free agent next summer—would be ludicrous.
The Lakers continue to dominate the offseason with moves they make and even the ones they don’t.