The LA Lakers haven't held back in stating their desire to sign both Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James for next season, as general manager Mitch Kupchak is willing to go all out, according to ESPN.
Recently, LeBron James stated his desire to leave Miami Heat after four years at the Eastern franchise, while New York Knicks' star man Carmelo Anthony has confirmed his desire to move on with his career after spending three years with the Knicks.
"We're prepared," Kupchak said. If any of those players do want to make a move, we're prepared. And if we get word, when we're allowed to get word, we will go all out."
The Lakers cannot contact any of the players they have their eyes on before July 1, as this is when the free-agency period begins.
But according to ESPN, they have $30 million on their records as they will have Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and other stars on their books for next season.
Bryant could only play six games last season as he featured for an average of 29.5 minutes scoring 13.8 points, as the shooting guard scored 83 points last season.
But fans would be hoping the new stars would enter the franchise and help the Lakers get back to where they once were.
James has been a iconic player for Miami Heat having helped win the NBA Championship for two consecutive years before losing out on the three-peat this year, with a Finals defeat to San Antonio Spurs 4-1.
This season the 29-year-old averaged 27.1 points and 6.4 assists a game, and on route to the NBA finals the small forward was averaging 30 points a game.
Carmelo Anthony meanwhile had an outstanding season with the New York Knicks last season, and considering the Knicks didn't make the play-offs the 30-year-old went on to average 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds a game in the regular season.
Melo also made Knicks and career history scoring 62 points in one game against the Charlotte Bobcats, beating the original season record held by LeBron James in the same campaign.
This season the Lakers finished bottom of the Pacific Division and second from bottom in the Western Conference having won 27 games in the season and losing 55.
Heading into the new season and the Lakers ended their time with head coach Mike D'Antoni as well as adding Julius Randle to the squad from the 2014 Draft.
It seems the Lakers cannot afford to hold back to get the services of both these players, as with James and Melo in the team it could lead to a Championship contending side and get the LA franchise back to their winning years.
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