And still we wait.
While free agents can officially sign contracts this evening at 9:01 PM Pacific Time, the Los Angeles Lakers – along with a plethora of other teams around the league – have yet to come to terms with any of their free agent targets.
Of course, the big hold up around the Association is down to LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who still have yet to decide where they will be playing next season. While the Lakers have both LeBron and Melo in their sights, the possibility of signing James appears to be a long shot at this point.
The Lakers are still in the running to land Melo, though, and both Mitch Kupchak and Kobe Bryant have stayed in touch with the 30-year-old, according to Mike Bresnahan from the L.A. Times.
Kupchak has “been in contact with Anthony’s representatives on a regular basis,” per Bresnahan, while his “Bryant has also had continual conversations with the high-scoring forward.”
However, it appears the Lakers may still have to wait a little while longer before Melo makes up his mind.
According to Ramona Shelburne and Ian Begley from ESPN, “a number of rival teams increasingly believe” Melo will wait for LeBron to make his decision before eventually committing to the Knicks or Lakers, who still appear to be the favorites to land Anthony.
Anthony holds out hope of teaming up with James, the report states, though such a scenario appears to be a long shot at this point.
Marc Berman from the New York Post reported on Wednesday that Knicks president Phil Jackson is trying to move the contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani in order to free up enough cap room to sign both James and Anthony, though pulling off such a move appears to be a pipe dream, especially seeing as the Knicks lack any real enticing assets to convince teams to take the bloated contracts of Stoudemire and Bargnani off their hands.
New York expected Melo to come to a decision on Monday, though “the delay has definitely frayed some nerves” in the Knicks organization, per ESPN.