The Los Angeles Lakers, whose plan to re-sign center Dwight Howard did not pan out this offseason, are poised to rebuild fast by focusing on the two biggest free agents of 2014 -- LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, front-office sources have told ESPN.
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ANALYSIS: We're sure the Lakers won't be alone in their pursuit of Carmelo and LeBron next summer, if both are free agents. But "if" is the key word here.
Anthony has an option in his contract that allows him to terminate the final year -- 2014-15 -- of his deal. There's no guarantee he will exercise that option. And if he does, the Knicks can offer him a longer contract with a higher per-year salary than other teams.
So Los Angeles, and other teams with cap space, will pursue Carmelo if he becomes a free agent. But we have to get to that point first.