NBA Trade Rumor: Lakers Show Early Interest in Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony Ahead of Off Season
The Lakers, in the last off season, lost more than they gained. It was as if Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss tested a hypothesis and they failed at it just as the Lake Show ended way before its time. So now, the onus is on the front office to go back to the workshop and put a new and replenished unit in the mould.
Presently, rumors are swirling that the Lakers are going to let go of Kyle Kuzma in a packaged deal to attract better talent. It is quite clear that the LA-based franchise wants to win big right now rather than investing in building a team for the future. So does this mean an entry of more war veterans? Perhaps, yes!
Lakers have a Blazers’ star on their trade target
Easy to guess, it is Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers are reportedly hunting the league veteran with all their might. As per seasoned journalist Evan Massey, “NBA Analysis Network spoke to a source that stated that the Lakers are expected to pursue Anthony in free agency.”
The LA Lakers are expected to pursue Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency, per @massey_evan pic.twitter.com/XGxJ7QDT3s
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) June 22, 2021
Now, Carmelo, a #3 pick from the same draft that introduced LeBron James to the world, is certainly a great choice. It is true that Melo is 37-YO and his gameplay is nowhere as good as it was some five years ago when he was a Knicks player. Plus, he does not have much basketball left in him and it can be a gamble to place bets on him. But one must note that there still are more positives than negatives when it comes to his potential signing.
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Why is a Carmelo Anthony move so lucrative?
Well, the 10x All-Star was in the race to win the 6MOY award that eventually went to a well deserving candidate in Jordan Clarkson. Once soul searching and figuring whether or not any team would keep him, Melo is well past his forgetful Rockets days. In the 2020-21 season, he reintroduced himself as a shooting expert and helped the Blazers almost scare the Nuggets in Round 1.
The Hoodie Melo averaged 13.4 points, 3.1 rebs, and 1.5 assists while shooting at a career-high 40.9% from downtown. He had become the Blazers’ go-to guy when they were shorthanded with no CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic. It was because of him and of course Damian Lillard that they could grab #6 seed.
Additionally, if those weren’t the reasons good enough, the veteran is a close friend of LeBron James. The two have their kinship spanning two decades now and it will be great if they can finally play together. Plus, the Lakers’ frontcourt rotation would immensely benefit from this trade.
So what do you say, is this a good choice? Help us know your opinion in the comments.
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