How LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony Joining 2014 Lakers Would Impact Legacies

In this 24/7 era of basketball coverage, legacies are always on the line. Even though LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have established themselves as elite players in the NBA, every decision they make shapes how they'll be remembered down the road. 

Playoff performances are impactful enough, so just imagine what joining the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2013-14 season would do for the two superstars. 

Both James and Anthony have the ability to opt out of their contracts once they play another season with their current teams, and they'd be the highlights in a loaded free-agent class. Rumor has it that joining the Lakers is a distinct possibility, at least according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst:

The Los Angeles Lakers, whose plan to re-sign center Dwight Howard did not pan out this offseason, are poised to rebuild fast by focusing on the two biggest free agents of 2014—LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, front office sources have told ESPN.

Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or Anthony, with one source calling it "realistic" and another saying it was "far-fetched at this point." Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the superstars who could become free agents in 2014, by refusing to commit to any contract past this next season, multiple sources have said.

Should the Lakers manage to land both forwards, they'll pair them with Kobe Bryant to form the Associaton's newest superteam, completely upsetting the current power structure. Doing so would make L.A. the clear title favorites for the 2014-15 season, but it would also dramatically affect the legacies of both players involved. 

One's would be greatly aided. The other's...not so much.


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