Los Angeles Lakers offer Carmelo Anthony huge deal

July 3, 2014 – 7:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The Los Angeles Lakers met with New York Knicks free agent forward Carmelo Anthony for nearly three hours on Thursday and apparently offered him a max contract during that meeting. Reports now claim that the Lakers offered the 30-year-old a four-year, $95 million deal.

While details are still emerging about what the team’s plans are to build around Anthony and star guard Kobe Bryant, it’s clear the Lakers are serious about trying to land the Syracuse product. Bryant is scheduled to meet with Anthony Thursday night and the two have long been close friends. Whether Kobe can sway Melo to come to Los Angeles is completely unknown at this point.

Reports earlier on Thursday suggested that Anthony was actually interested in returning to the Knicks and bringing Lakers free agent big man Pau Gasol with him. While the actual logistics of making that happen couldĀ be difficult, Gasol does have ties to the Knicks as his former head coach (Phil Jackson), point guard (Derek Fisher) and assistant coach (Kurt Rambis) are all now with the organization.

But the big news is that we have a leak in contract negotiations between the Lakers and Anthony. Los Angeles apparently hasn’t pitched Melo on taking less money in order to team with Bryant and others to attempt to win a title. Instead, general manager Mitch Kupchak and company went all-in to try and land him.

We’ll keep you updated on this story as more develops.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Los Angeles Lakers offer Carmelo Anthony huge deal”

  2. Kobe is shot, Melo can’t win alone, he can have the cake and eat it all, or is he interested in winning? He’ll never win in LA, NY is really his la la land, way better chance to win. LA is crazy offering that much $$$, player didn’t make the playoffs…

    By Heriberto on Jul 3, 2014

  3. We don’t need/want Lebron or Melo. I’ve watched Magic and Kobe (as young players) build championships. We need a better long term plan that involves original ideas. Who cares if we are not relevant for a few years (no one really cares when down the road we are winning again). Look at LA Kings 40 plus years before two championships in three years.

    By Joseph on Jul 4, 2014

  4. It’s a show of how much LA wants to beat the Knicks and guru in some type of way, it’s a sign of desperation, would be a very bad signing for LA and for Melo too. Melo said it wasn’t about the money, guru reminded Melo, LA is baiting Melo with it. What now? WTF… Work out Kobe too, yeah right.

    By Heriberto on Jul 4, 2014

  5. Sign NickYoung

    By Frank Phillips on Jul 6, 2014

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