Should Los Angeles Lakers Pursue Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency?

The Los Angeles Lakers need to rebuild their roster, and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony could certainly be an interesting place to start.

Anthony plans on opting out his contract, according to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, and that makes him one of the premier names of the 2014 free-agent class.

The Knicks star is a dynamic scorer whose game offers constant contradictions. Anthony’s scoring often looks completely fluid and effortless, almost as if he is toying with defenders. On the flip side, he also has phases where he endlessly pounds the ball, ignores teammates and settles for low-percentage shots.

When it comes to Melo, you take the good with the bad, because the good is just oh so fun to watch.

How do these factors affect a possible defection to Los Angeles?


Fitting in L.A.

The Lakers are dying to get talent to surround Kobe Bryant, and Anthony is certainly an attractive option in this spot.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina, general manager Mitch Kupchak said in April that the Lakers were rebuilding, but landing an elite player could undoubtedly expedite that process.

Anthony’s scoring and rebounding would certainly give the Purple and Gold a huge boost, and a star to replace Bryant once he rides off into the glamorous L.A. sunset.

Furthermore, Anthony would finally get an opportunity to reproduce his Team USA experience by joining an accomplished player with championship experience in Bryant.

If Kobe is anything close to what he was before his Achilles tear and knee fracture, the Lakers will have a potent duo on their hands.

Anthony will probably cede playmaking duties to Kobe and concentrate on putting points on the board.

This certainly sounds great on the surface, but there are a few complications involved.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers