How do you lure a big name free agent to your team when you don’t even have a head coach? You let that big name free agent pick their own coach, of course!
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And, according to ESPN, this could be an idea that the Los Angeles Lakers pitch to LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony this summer:
[pullquote]”Another factor in the team’s thinking, sources say, is leaving the position open in the short term in case a potential free-agent target such as LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony tells team officials in July that he would consider coming to the Lakers if the coach of his choosing is hired.”[/pullquote]
Firstly, it’s worth noting that the L.A. Times reported earlier in the year that the Lakers wouldn’t be pursuing Anthony this summer, though it’s of course possible that the team had a change of heart after having such an awful season.
Also, one reason the Lakers didn’t fire Mike D’Antoni last summer in order to retain Dwight Howard was reportedly because they didn’t want to give Howard that kind of power – if you let him make one decision, he’ll want to make more – so why would they change their minds when it comes to Carmelo?
LeBron is obviously a different story, though, and the Lakers would likely do almost anything to convince him to sign with the purple and gold in July.
And, again, it’s worth remembering how James and John Calipari were rumored to be scheming to team up on the Chicago Bulls in the summer of 2010.
The pairing never happened – possibly because their plan was foiled – but could it happen now? It seems to be a long shot, but hey, anything’s possible in the NBA.