So much for players not wanting to come to the Lakers anymore, huh?
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports, the Lakers are now in “serious contention” to land unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.
The Lakers had a successful meeting with Anthony on Thursday and came away feeling optimistic, according to reports. However, this is the first time that the Lakers have been mentioned as a contender in this race.
Before, the purple and gold were considered the outsiders, with the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls leading the way, though it seems the team’s meeting with Melo – and Kobe Bryant’s apparent persistence – has caused the 30-year-old to consider his options.
While Wojnarowski notes that those involved in the process wouldn’t go as far as to say that the Lakers had overtaken the Knicks and Bulls in Melo’s mind, one person close to Anthony said the Lake Show were “in the game now.”
ESPN’s Bill Simmons first reported the development, saying the Lakers made a “MAJOR impact” on Anthony this week. ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburne and ESPN radio’s John Ireland also confirmed Simmons’ findings.
The Lakers can offer Anthony a four-year deal worth close to $96 million while the Knicks would be able to sign the Syracuse product to a contract worth $129 million over five seasons.