LA Lakers trade rumors now include the names LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. These fresh LA Lakers trade rumors suggest Kobe Bryant could be teamed up with James and Anthony if the front office in Los Angeles can make it happen this offseason. According to a report from ESPN on Tuesday (June 24), it would involve the team making several trades before offering nice contracts to the two All-Star free agents.
The prime scenario seems to be for the team to trade the expiring contract of Steve Nash (owed $9.7 million in 2014-15 NBA season) and then offer Jams and Anthony contracts worth $16 million next season. It would give the franchise a new "big three" at the center of the roster and it would certainly bring a lot of attention to the team again.
There are a lot of questions that go along with this scenario, including whether the two free agents would be willing to take less money to go play with Bryant. It might be a stretch to expect that, but stranger things have happened during NBA free agency in the past. The LA Lakers trade rumors would also have to lead to another team taking on the contract of Steve Nash, presumably with no guaranteed contracts going back.
A lot of competition lies ahead in free agency, as teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and LA Clippers are also looking to sign one or both of these guys. It was revealed earlier on Tuesday by ESPN that James was officially opting out of his deal with the Miami Heat, but he could still decide to stay there if the situation is right. James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade could all sign discounted deals in order to lure Anthony there.
Before free agency even begins, the 2014 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday (June 26). It means a high number of trades could take place where teams try to clear up cap room in order to make serious runs at one of the best free agent crops the league has seen.