Armed with massive cap room, the
The franchise would love to lure
Another high-scoring forward may be more attainable --
While former coach
"For [the Lakers] to be able to move and to adjust to the process that goes on in the
Anthony, the NBA's scoring champion this season, has had some success in Denver and New York but has gotten as far as the conference finals only once in 10 seasons, with the
"I would actually like to play with Melo," said Bryant, as documented by Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com in 2011. "Championships are won on the inside and I'm always thinking about winning the title. I would love to play with Melo because I would know that I have an inside presence. That's really been the biggest strength with our Lakers team."
Bryant has said many times that he and Anthony are good friends, stemming from their time together with Team USA.
The Lakers would be able to offer a four-year, $100.5-million contract to Anthony, starting at $23.5 million.
If Bryant was willing to take a pay cut to re-sign with the Lakers (at perhaps $13.5 million), a la
might take up some of that space but the Lakers can look to either trade him before the summer, or use their "stretch provision" to pay his remaining $9.7 million over three seasons in $3.2-million chunks. In the latter scenario, the Lakers would still have about $17 million to spend.
The list of available players is evolving, but the Lakers could also look to make a trade using that cap space (perhaps with their 2014 draft pick as bait, although it cannot be dealt officially until after the draft).
A restricted free agent like Indiana's
The future for the Lakers is vague but the rebuild is coming. The team hopes to get through it in short time.
The Lakers won't have
While the idea of having a lottery pick in the stacked 2014 draft might be tempting, if Bryant can return quickly to full strength after his Achilles' tendon repair, the Lakers will not be "tanking" to improve their draft position.
As for Anthony and his relationship with his former New York coach