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.