After getting a new two-year deal with Kobe Bryant a few days ago, the Lakers are thinking in which players can help them in their future.
With the departure of Dwight Howard and Kobe’s injury, it’s not a secret that the Lakers are not one of the top teams for this season. According to sportsbettingdime.com, Mike D’Antoni’s team has 100/1 odds to win the NBA championship this year.
A source close to the team said that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have become the new targets of the Lakers because they will be free agents at the end of this season.
It is too early to think that the two NBA stars will not sign a new contract with their current teams, but the Lakers want to make clear that they will be fighting for at least one of them. Anthony is struggling this season with the New York Knicks, so he has to be considered the first option.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Wade, Amare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh will also be in the final year of his contract while Luol Deng and Dirk Nowitzki will become unrestricted free agents.
With two championship rings, it seems that LeBron is not as worried about joining a team with great chances of getting a championship. The four-time MVP of the NBA said he has not thought about his future with the Miami Heat.
The biggest problem for the Lakers is that they don’t have many elements to convince potential reinforcements as their only star on the team is Kobe Bryant, who will be 36 years old. Kobe will continue to be the highest paid player in the league for fourth consecutive year. This season he will receive $30 Million, and in the next two years, $48 million.
Firing Steve Nash in his last year of contract, and making other roster movements could give the Lakers enough dollars to negotiate with any of the big NBA stars.
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