Rarely does the game’s best player become a free agent. This offseason, not only is Miami Heat forward LeBron James an unrestricted free agent, but New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, one of the game’s elite scorers, is also on the market.
The rest of the NBA has been put on hold while they await their decisions. Anthony has already visited the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers. On Saturday a report surfaced that Anthony was very impressed with what the Lakers had to offer them and is seriously considering them along with the Knicks, Bulls and potentially the Rockets.
The Lakers, who met with James’ agent, Rich Paul, Friday, also made a strong impression.
According to Ramon Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the Lakers not only made a “strong impression” on Anthony but the Lakers also made a similar impression on James.
The Lakers’ pitch — of teaming Anthony with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and prized rookie Julius Randle on a team with no long-term salary obligations — made what one source described as a “strong impression” on Anthony and has made his decision over the holiday weekend “tough,” according to another source close to the situation.
Los Angeles met with LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul on Friday, and the four-time MVP is giving similar consideration to what the Lakers have to offer, according to sources.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe this season.