LA Lakers to offer 4-year/$95M deal to Carmelo Anthony

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The Los Angeles Lakers met with free agent Carmelo Anthony on Thursday to discuss the superstars possible future in Hollywood and the franchise are prepared to offer Anthony a max contract of four years for $95million.

The Lakers were believed to have made a movie-like pitch to Carmelo Anthony that even included movie producer Joel Silver who presented the small forward with a short film that payed homage to the player.

Anthony who is being aggressively pursued by the Lakers franchise arrived at the Los Angeles training facility shortly after 3pm ET and departed after the meeting at around 6pm.

General manager Mitch Kupchak even walked Anthony to his car after the pitch where he spoke to fans and signed autographs, however he declined to comment on the proceedings that had just taken place.

Anthony said: "You know I can't say anything right now, but I wanted to stop and say hey,"

The only person not on hand to greet Anthony at the complex was fellow NBA star Kobe Bryant, the Black Mamba couldn't attend the meeting but has cut his holiday in Europe short in order to fly back to Los Angeles to speak to Carmelo about his future.

Anthony and Bryant are close friends off the basketball court and Bryant personally reached out to explain to the free agent his whereabouts for the meeting. Laker fans will be pleased to know that the two have been in constant contact throughout the whole process.

The pitch to Anthony itself was conducted by Lakers team president Jeanie Buss, her brother Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak. 

Multiple sources from have reported that a short film was presented to Anthony before the conversation turned to the avenues that Anthony and his wife La La Vasquez can take in the entertainment industry.

The Lakers will be very active in free agency outside of Anthony, their current roster only consists of four players signed on with the team.

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre are the only returning members from last years dismal Lakers squad and they are joined by rookie and 7th overall draft pick, Julius Randle.

Pau Gasol seems to be on the move from Los Angeles as the center has been speaking to many teams around the league including the Miami Heat.

After the recent debacle involving Dwight Howard in free agency, the Lakers have seemingly turned into a franchise that players steer clear of, a far cry from the days where Los Angeles was the number one destination in the NBA.

The buzz around the city would be electrifying if they were to manage to sign Carmelo Anthony and the small forward teaming up with the returning Kobe Bryant would once again leave the Lakers the most interesting franchise in all of sports.

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