Lakers Rumors: Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant Would Be Dynamic Duo

The Los Angeles Lakers would be tough to shut down with Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant on the roster.

Anthony is rumored to be one of Los Angeles' main targets in free agency in the summer of 2014. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times recently speculated that the Lakers could go after 'Melo hard if LeBron James stays in Miami, like many believe he'll do:

Armed with massive cap room, the Lakers will go shopping in 2014.

The franchise would love to lure LeBron James from Miami—but after his second straight title, and given the craftiness of Heat President Pat Riley, it may prove a futile hope.

Another high-scoring forward may be more attainable—New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

Pincus isn't the only NBA insider who believes Anthony will end up in LA in 2014, either. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says it's "50-50" that Carmelo plays for the Lakers in 2014-15, as noted by ESPN LA's Arash Markazi:

Even Phil Jackson, who is consulting with the Lakers these days, appears to be on board with the notion that the Lakers will pursue Anthony next summer, as reported by Pincus:

For [the Lakers] to be able to move and to adjust to the process that goes on in the NBA, you have to have flexibility. The [way] the league is structured with its new CBA and how it penalizes teams—you can't make moves. [With] guys like Carmelo and LeBron in a couple of years, you've got to be capable of making a challenge for those kinds of players.

Lakers fans appear to reject the notion that this would be a good move for the franchise, as Markazi noted:

It makes sense that people would scoff at the notion that Bryant and Anthony could coexist. Both players are high-volume shooters who love the ball in their hands, and it's a known fact that 'Melo and current Lakers head coach Mike D'Ant...

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