LA Lakers are a strong contender to pick up Carmelo Anthony during the NBA free agency period, with reports suggesting that the former New York Knicks star has been very impressed by the Lakers all out effort to acquire him.
Carmelo Anthony could prove to be the Lakers most crucial acquisition of the NBA free agency period, with the Western Conference ball club aiming to secure his services for next season and beyond.
The Lakers tried their utmost to persuade Carmelo Anthony over the weekend, with star player and five-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant, at the heart of plans to sway the former New York Knicks superstar.
Melo gets courted
Carmelo looks almost certain to move teams during the NBA free agency, and NBA insider Bill Simmons revealed on Saturday that the Lakers made a major impact on Melo.
"Hearing the Lakers made a MAJOR impact on Melo this week - it's now a legit 3-way battle between LA/Chi/NYK to land him. Crazy NBA weekend," he tweeted on Saturday.
The Kobe effect
Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the greatest Lakers of all-time when he retires, but his efforts off the court this off-season could make him into even more of a legend in the eyes of his fans.
The five-time champion was at the heart of the Carmelo Anthony pitch, and USA Today reports that Kobe is the perfect man to persuade Melo to join the Lakers.
"Kobe Bryant is a closer. So having former New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in L.A. for days on end as his free agency fate hangs in the balance is the equivalent of the Los Angeles Lakers star being handed the ball with a few seconds left and a two-point deficit to overcome. He doesn't make every one of those shots, but there's no one you'd rather have shoot it," Sam Amick explained.
It's likely that Carmelo will have to prioritize titles over money if he is to take the plunge and join the Lakers. Kobe has been a great closer as a player, we'll see if he's managed to do the same off the court in the coming weeks.
What would the Lakers be getting?
The Lakers would be picking up an outstanding player with plenty of experience if they acquire Melo. As the video above shows, Carmelo has a broad skill set that Lakers fans would love to see utilized in California. Although the 30-year-old has never won the NBA title, his desire to win will be welcomed at the Lakers as they strive to get back to greatness.