December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) greets New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) following the 100-94 victory at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2014: Lakers to offer Carmelo Anthony the full max contract

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Carmelo Anthony may be in for huge pay day if he decides to take his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers as Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports the Lakers are prepared to offer Anthony a max contract:

From ESPN Los Angeles:

Free agent Carmelo Anthony met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday and heard their pitch as to why he is the right man to become the next face of the franchise.

The Lakers also made it clear to Anthony they’d offer him a maximum four-year, $95 million contract if chose to sign with them, according to sources.

Throughout the months leading up to free agency, Carmelo Anthony gave off the impression that he would take a paycut in order to find the perfect situation for himself going forward.

“As far as the money, it don’t really matter to me,” Anthony said. “If I go somewhere else, I get paid. If I stay in New York, I get paid. As far as the money goes, it’s not my concern. My concern is to be able to compete on a high level, a championship level, coming in this last stretch of my career. I want to compete at that level.”

Those situations included staying in New York, joining Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in Chicago, playing alongside his best friends in Miami, creating a Big 3 in Houston, or becoming the 1-A to Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. In each situation, a pay cut by Anthony would move the team closer to contention due to the available salary being spread throughout the roster.

Instead, the max contract is on the table. We’ll see if Anthony is true to his words.

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