May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts on the court as the crowd celebrates against the Indiana Pacers during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks win 105-79. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith Says Fifty Percent Chance Carmelo Anthony Signs With Los Angeles Lakers

What’s a Monday morning/afternoon without a little juicy NBA rumor sprinkled in?

According to ESPN’s resident loud mouth Stephen A. Smith, there’s a 50% chance current New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will opt out of his deal and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

Per Smith, via ESPN Los Angeles’ Arash Markazi:

Stephen A. says it’s 50-50 Carmelo Anthony leaves New York next year and it’s 50-50 he comes to the Lakers.

Completely baseless rumor? Given it’s coming from Smith, you always have to take it with a grain (re: rock) of salt, but Markazi took it a step further, hinting at the connection between Kobe Bryant and Melo:

Carmelo and Kobe are tight and they’ve talked in passing about a desire to play together after their Olympic experience.

Due $24 million dollars in the final year of his contract with the Knicks, the former Syracuse star could opt out and sign a four year deal with the Lakers for over $100 million dollars but would clearly be nothing more than a consolation prize if LeBron James decides to opt out of his contract.

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  • Kelvin McJunkins

    I’m a big fan of MELO as well. I like him better than lebron James.

    • sten swarty

      Better than James? I think Melo would be a better choice if Melo had a better attitude, but maybe that’s what LA needs. Some freaking attitude finally. James would definitely bring in more talent though. It’s obvious with his many league/title MVP awards.

      • Kelvin McJunkins

        I’m sold on lbj. I’m a kobe fan and nothing or no one is better than him but if there’s one out there that I do like as a scorer it’s Carmelo Anthony. Neither can Anything score like kobe, but he’s big like James, but with a quicker 1st step that he uses to apply pressure against an opponent along with using his weight and he doesn’t lay off applying pressure like Lebron James! I’m sorry but lebron “fagot” James does not do it for me! He’s no king either. Maybe a queen but not a king. No King gives up his throne as he did in Cleveland and and no one is a King when moving in the next mans house meaning going to Miami to be on Wades to and there both franchise players that plays the same position. Uh uh!! This is the problem I have with James! He’s soft! Softer than Sherman tissue. It took Ray Allen to save his legacy or else James right now would have gone to 3 NBA Finals but only won once!! Instead bcuz Allen his a corner 3 off of James (brick) and I do mean brick lebron is now 2 championships into his career. But before that he was running around doing nothing, looking stupid and only then after that shot he then scored a couple buckets down the stretch. But look already they were bringing out the trophies for San Antonio and taping the court off. Lol. Kobe would have never stop killing his opponent knowing that trophy was sitting sideline. Never!! My point is James is not what he should be and I’m tired of people for 10 years have held this mans hands trying to grow him up. It’s time to take the training wheels off this cat and stop making excuses and lying about his the greatest!! Please!! And passing the ball to others ain’t nothing! It’s not like he passes the ball like Magic did which brought so much excitement u jumped out of your seats, bcuz it was like “magic”. Lol. In the end; Give me MELO over Lbj to play in LA.

  • mike

    a 30/31 year old melo and 36 year old injured kobe will be so so scary. those 2 will take up over 40 million dollars of cap room by themselves