Lakers Rumors: Latest Free-Agency Buzz Surrounding Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Lakers don't like to lose, and judging by the latest free-agency buzz surrounding the team, they have plans to not finish below .500 again next season.

In fact, they have plans to make a major splash or two that would propel them back to contention.

General manager Mitch Kupchak has a difficult job this offseason. He needs to rebuild a team that only won 27 games last season, though that record can be a bit deceiving. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash nursed injuries all season long, so it's pretty reasonable to say that the team would have had a few more wins had they been healthy.

Regardless, Kupchak needs to explore every possible avenue to improve.

It already looks like he's doing just that.


Lakers "Serious" Contenders for Carmelo Anthony

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Grantland's Bill Simmons both provided their Twitter followers with some Carmelo Anthony information over the weekend:

Thought to initially be a two-horse race between the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks, the Melo sweepstakes is starting to heat up. There are other teams still in the race too, as reported by ESPN's Marc Stein:

It's easy to see why the Lakers are an attractive option for Anthony. Los Angeles is a big market where superstar players have found success. The idea of playing with Bryant must also be attractive to Anthony, as he's never truly had the opportunity to play with another superstar in the NBA.

Are the Lakers really the best option for Anthony, though? Sure, they'll probably be able to pay him the type of contract he's deserving of, but if Melo wants to win, then he would be smart to take his talents to Chicago.

The Bulls have the defensive prowess and overall depth to be title contenders. If you throw Anthony into the mix, then they certainly have the offense to pair with Derr...

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