Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Nick Young, Carmelo Anthony and More

In a strange turn of events most are not accustomed to seeing, the Los Angeles Lakers have been on the sidelines during the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2004-05 and are instead pursuing multiple avenues to improve for next season.

This includes both changes on the court and off, with the head-turning fact that the Lakers actually have a lottery pick being the highlight of the offseason. L.A. has made two lottery selections in franchise history—Andrew Bynum (No. 10, 2005) and Eddie Jones (No. 10, 1994).

Of course, this means there are myriad rumors surrounding one of the most popular teams in the world as it begins the infancy stages of a rebuild. Let's take a look at the most notable nuggets of info making the rounds.


Lakers out of Carmelo Sweepstakes?

Not a soul in New York knows what the future holds for one Carmelo Anthony.

Well, maybe the front office in Los Angeles knows a thing or two—it doesn't want him.

According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Lakers have some strange reasons for not wanting to bring on one of the league's most prolific superstars:

Marc Berman of the New York Post has further details: "Meanwhile, the Lakers have cap space, but sources maintain they aren't too interested in Anthony as a fit with Kobe Bryant. Nor is Lakers president Jeanie Buss enthralled with stealing Anthony from Jackson, her fiance."

This all makes too much sense. Anthony is already 30 years old. His fit on another historic franchise that chose to throw cash at him, rather than adequately rebuild, was a nightmare. As a shoot-first kind of player, there is no chance he meshes well with Bryant.

Furthermore, the Lakers would surely rather pursue a Kevin Love or Kevin Durant (whose contract runs out after 2015-16) in the coming offseasons rather than blow cash now. Armed...

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