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Carmelo Anthony’s wife LaLa was center of James Worthy’s Lakers pitch

Carmelo Anthony wife LaLa

James Worthy was among the personnel present for the Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent meeting with Carmelo Anthony last week, and the three-time champion says his pitch to ‘Melo focused on the forward’s wife.

“I told Carmelo, I said, I wish your wife were here because she’s more popular than you in Los Angeles. We’re trying to recruit her, because if you can get LaLa, Carmelo has no say-so. So, we’re trying to get her to Hollywood. Hollywood is right here. She can do whatever she wants,” Worthy told SLAM.

There’s a reason the saying “happy wife, happy life” exists. And from everything we’ve heard, LaLa wants her husband to stay in New York. That’s a big reason why he is likely to re-sign with the Knicks. But at least Big Game James had the right idea in trying to recruit her.

Carmelo Anthony reportedly will re-sign with Knicks

Carmelo Anthony KnicksCarmelo Anthony reportedly plans to re-sign with the Knicks and supposedly will let everyone know of his decision on Thursday.

The New York Daily News quotes a source who informed them of ‘Melo’s plans.

“He will have something for everybody on Thursday,” a friend told the Daily News Wednesday. “He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil.”

Free agents can sign contracts as early as Thursday. ‘Melo visited with the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Lakers and Knicks during free agency, but the Knicks were said to be the favorites to retain him all along. Anthony supposedly believes in new team president Phil Jackson and Phil’s plans for the club.

This should not at all come as a surprise. Though being pitched by teams creates intrigue, ‘Melo’s family is in NY and they have had some success since he’s been there. The Knicks also can offer him a five-year max deal, which no other team can. For a guy getting into his 30s, that extra guaranteed money could make a difference.

Report: Phil Jackson trying to pair LeBron James with Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony LeBron JamesIt is realistic to think that Carmelo Anthony is delaying his free agency decision to see if there is any possibility that he can play alongside LeBron James. It is not realistic, however, to think that it will actually happen. That doesn’t mean Phil Jackson isn’t giving it his best shot.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Anthony’s “dream” is to play in New York with LeBron next season. While calling that a longshot would be an understatement, Jackson is reportedly exploring ways to move the expiring contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

One report said Jackson conceivably can move $40 million under the cap with a flurry of moves — as long as he doesn’t take back salary.

“He really wants LeBron to come to New York,” the source said. “That’s his dream right now. Phil is trying to get it done.”

Jackson probably wants to move Stoudemire’s and Bargnani’s contracts if he can anyway, so that doesn’t necessarily mean he is exploring trade possibilities just to make a run at LeBron. Jackson said on draft night that while the Knicks are limited by their salary cap situation, he would not rule out a “chance to do something special.”

Earlier this week, Berman reported that Anthony is delaying his decision to see if there is a possibility that he and James could play together with the Miami Heat. The Knicks are said to be willing to give Carmelo a max contract of five years and $129 million, but he would have to take much less than that to play with LeBron in New York.

These whacky Carmelo-LeBron scenarios sure are fun to talk about, but there’s about a 1% chance of any of them actually coming to fruition.

Carmelo Anthony waiting to see if he can join LeBron James in Miami?

Carmelo Anthony LeBron JamesThe Miami Heat are going to need Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to take less money in order to keep their Big Three intact. LeBron James will likely command something very close to a maximum contract, and deservedly so. If the Big Three all return, those crazy rumors about the Heat potentially signing Carmelo Anthony will disappear. But what if Bosh leaves?

Bosh has reportedly been offered a max contract from the Houston Rockets, and there has been word that he may prefer that over taking a pay cut to stay with the Heat. And if he does, there might be an opportunity for LeBron and Carmelo to join forces in Miami. Marc Berman of the New York Post has more:

However, that scenario became trickier with Miami agreeing to terms with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger on Monday, though not impossible. If Wade takes a significant pay cut, Riley can be creative in fitting James and his buddy Anthony under the salary cap.

The Lakers, too, would have to be creative in fitting in James and Anthony. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with James’ agent in Cleveland on Friday and their pie-in-the-sky plan was adding both stars and creating more cap space by dealing Steve Nash’s contract.

Having LeBron, Carmelo and Kobe Bryant on the same team seems way too over-the-top to even consider. However, Anthony could feasibly end up in Miami if he was desperate enough to play alongside LeBron. He would have to take much less money than the New York Knicks are willing to offer, but stranger things have happened and teams are reportedly talking about it.

While I’m sure the thought of playing with LeBron excites ‘Melo, I don’t see why he would want to do that. Anthony was supposed to rescue the Knicks and lead his team to a championship. If he teamed with LeBron, he’d just be along for the ride.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Knicks, Lakers and Bulls reportedly the finalists for Carmelo Anthony

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This should come as no surprise, but Carmelo Anthony reportedly has finalized the list of teams he is seriously considering, and those three teams are said to be the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls, according to the New York Daily News.

‘Melo visited with representatives from the aforementioned three teams as well as the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. The Knicks have reportedly been the favorite to re-sign Anthony all along. They can offer him a fifth year and more guaranteed money than anyone else.

The Bulls were Anthony’s first stop in free agency and reportedly went all out with their pitch. Of the three teams Anthony is reportedly considering, they are by far the best and closest to being a championship contender. Even though they can only offer him somewhere in the range of $75 million for four years, they have the most complete roster and have grabbed his attention because they can win.

The Lakers reportedly are in serious consideration for Anthony too after their pitch was well received. They can offer him the max, which would be around $97 million for four years. Anthony lives in LA in the offseason and is close with Kobe Bryant.

One team that should not be discounted, though, is the Miami Heat. The Daily News’ Frank Isola says the Heat could be a contender for ‘Melo if Chris Bosh chooses to sign with the Houston Rockets. The Heat could then take that money saved for Bosh and use it on ‘Melo.

Carmelo Anthony to Lakers? LA reportedly in the mix

Carmelo AnthonyAre the Los Angeles Lakers legitimate contenders to sign Carmelo Anthony? That’s the word on the street.

Carmelo met with the Lakers in Los Angeles Thursday. That was his third day of free agent meetings, which began with a visit in Chicago on Tuesday, and meetings with the Rockets and Mavericks on Wednesday. He also met with the Knicks in LA Thursday night.

ESPN writer/personality Bill Simmons, who isn’t known for being a reporter but has had some scoops in his day, had this to say on Twitter Saturday:

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski expressed the same sentiment shortly thereafter:

In their meeting, the Lakers reportedly told Carmelo that they were offering him a max contract of $97 million for four years. One reason returning to the Knicks is so appealing is because they can offer Carmelo $129 million deal for five years.

The Knicks have been the favorite to retain ‘Melo according to most chatter. Reports say his wife, LaLa, wants to stay in NY and that Anthony is reluctant to uproot his family. Carmelo also is said to be on board with new team president Phil Jackson’s plans and that he liked the decision to hire Derek Fisher as head coach.

I still believe ‘Melo will return to the Knicks, but this certainly is making things much more fun.

Lakers had Tobey Maguire voice over short movie for Carmelo Anthony

Tobey MaguireThe Lakers did not completely flex their Hollywood muscles during a free agent meeting with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, but they did at least show what they’re capable of.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers had famed movie producer Joel Silver create a four-minute video showing a trailer of ‘Melo’s life. None other than “Spider-man” actor Toby Maguire did the voiceover for it.

While the Houston Rockets were out there ticking off Jeremy Lin by giving ‘Melo his jersey number, the Lakers had Seabiscuit telling Carmelo what’s up.

Who gets the edge in that one? Not even a discussion.

The Lakers also reportedly told ‘Melo they would offer him the maximum they’re able to, which is $97 million over four years. That sounds nice and all, but he’s still going back to the Knicks.

And how awesome is it that Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson are competing for the same player? That has to make for some great makeup sex.