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Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:34 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:34 pm
Are the Lakers in pursuit of a Carmelo Anthony trade?
Posted by Matt Moore

You knew it was only really a matter of time, really. The Los Angeles Lakers don't let opportunities to obtain star players go by unnoticed. That's not what they do. 

ESPN reports: 
The Denver Nuggets have had preliminary discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers on a Carmelo Anthony trade, league sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard on Tuesday.

The Lakers' package would be built around center Andrew Bynum. Denver has no interest in Ron Artest and isn't particularly interested in Lamar Odom either, sources said. A straight-up deal of Bynum for Anthony works financially, but there could be other players involved since Denver would look to shed more salary if possible.
via Sources: Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets have initial Carmelo Anthony talks - ESPN Los Angeles .

Before you ingest this information and get all excited, I'd like to give you this: it's a 12-foot-by-12-foot piece of salt. 

For the Lakers to do this deal would mean surrendering their true biggest advantage, their overwhelming size. Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom make up a 20'10'' rotating frontcourt. It's the reason they're able to disrupt so many passes, because passing between them is like floating a frisbee through a forest of sequoias. Taking on Anthony removes that element, as Pau Gasol would shift to center, and Odom to power forward. There's no big, physical force down low to guard the beasts or deter drives. Pau Gasol's an able defender, but he's not the same intimidating force Bynum is, even considering his injury issues. 

Furthermore, bringing Carmelo Anthony on would mean a largely decreased role for Kobe Bryant, and the rest of the Lakers. Are Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, and Ron Artest willing to take fewer shots? Because that's what it would mean. Otherwise you're talking about bringing on a largely offensive player and asking him not to shoot as much. And Jim Buss, who is heavily involved from the organization's perspective, is notoriously pro-Bynum. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News  reports that Buss shot down such an offer recently .

And that's just from the Lakers' perspective. What about the fact that in this deal, the Nuggets would pick up no pick? The Lakers traded their 2011 first-rounder to the Nets (who ironically had included it in their initial bid for Anthony).  So the Nugggets would not be able to acquire a first-round pick this season in the deal. They would go from the Nets deal (Harris, Favors, three first-rounders) to Andrew Bynum and no pick. That's the bottom of the barrel. Bynum's a fine player, when healthy, and can be a monster as he gets older (when healthy), but I'm not sure he's worth even the proposed Knicks deal (when healthy). Are you getting a pattern yet? 

But on the other hand, the Lakers always have a way of getting their man, and as Masai Ujiri continues to frustrate GMs with his insistence on "more, more, more." By continuing that play, he may set himself up to get less than what he wants.  Adding Anthony would add a fourth All-Star level player to the Lakers, making them not just the most talented team in the league, which they already are, but one of the most talented teams in NBA history. 

There's one more element to consider here. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak almost never does deals in public. The Pau Gasol trade came out of nowhere. Each deal he does is done very close to the ground and the Lakers' organization is notoriously leak-proof. So if the Lakers aren't the ones leaking this trade, who is?  It may be an effort from the Nuggets to exert more leverage (lost in the Nets breakdown) on their dealings with New York, or it could be Melo's representatives putting pressure on New York to step up. 

The tangled web gets even more tangled. These are the days of our Melo.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:43 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

C'mon. Let's spell correctly. It's Nuggets, not Nugggets. 
As for this move, Denver can get more than Bynum, and I could see this trade expanding a bit to include a more able PG like Billups. Something like Odom, Bynum and Shannon Brown for Melo and Billups. Denver gets some youth and size, while dumping Billups' salary at the same time.
The one thing I agree with is that Kupchak doesn't spill this stuff to the media. It could easily be a ploy to put pressure on the Knicks to include Fields in a trade.
We'll see in the next few days.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:00 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

You're a scumbag. Period.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:40 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

Lakers wont trade for him unless he's already signed an extension.

Knicks fans were saying exact same crappola this time last year, thinking they'd get LeQuit. How'd that work out, eh?

Knicks havent been relevant in the past 40 years, save for a couple of seasons in the early/mid 90s, and they wont be probably for another 40 as long as the Dolan family & CryIsiah have ANYTHING whatsoever to do with them...

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:54 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

and this doesnt make them favorites either..meaning knicks, but at least they'll matter

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:53 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

really hyflynz?..go watch jersey shore and american idol, because he has been adamant he is going to east coast...lakers arent on east coast last i checked..his dream wasnt about being a laker..not near his hometown..people hear what they want...check my record..i claimed boyle on rangers to have 15 goals at start of year,picked packers for superbowl..tri fecta is easiest..anthony is a knick by next ive been laughing at steeler fans and ny ranger fans, of which i'm one..i'm gonna laugh at the writers, bloggers and all people who lack common sense and hear, but dont listen..its pathetic..look my name up when he's on knicks..i'll be the one calling everyone can call me one, but i'll be the idiot who is right and who listened to what he said all along...welcome home melo

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:47 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

This Buss kid needs to go somewhere and set down. A deal like this you cant pass up. In 2012 add D. Howard and a PG.....3PEAT

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:43 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

If the lakers make this trade you better hope you can sign Melo when he becomes a free agent because his wife works in NY and he said he wont sign an extension anywhere but the Knicks!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:39 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

Why doesn't anyone on the Lakers understand that Melo said he will not sign an extension with anyone other than the knicks! Is it worth giving up your best young player for a future hall of famer who will leave the next year? NO!!!!!! If the Lakers make this deal they are putting their whole franchise at risk.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:22 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

Do whatever it takes to get Carmelo, as long as we keep Kobe & Gasol....then in 2 years we add Howard & Chris Paul to replace Kobe & voila!!! Another dominant run similar to the one from 2000-now & by the time Anthony/Paul/Howard/Gasol retire, we (Lakers) are up by at least 5 titles over the C's...esp. considering that NO FREE AGENT (not the great ones, at least) will EVER want to play in that still-racist town.

In 2 years, KG, Allen & PP will be retired, replaced by no one worth mentioning...while the Lake Show keep on winning titles.

Its great to be a Lakers fan in L.A.!!! Cool

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:44 pm

Report: Lakers step into Melo talks

Lakers size, Lakers size, that's all I keep hearing but the Lakers don't use this size to their advantage, so why not do the deal, I would in a heart beat.

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