Carmelo Anthony trade: Can L.A. Lakers challenge New York Knicks for Melo's services?

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The New York Knicks' expected hiring of Mark Warkentien, formerly the Nuggets' general manager, to a consultancy gig has most NBA observers convinced that Carmelo Anthony is headed to his dream city of New York. But now, with the Los Angeles Lakers publicly talking about a trade to improve their chances of three-peating, is there any possibility Melo could be heading west?

According to the Los Angeles Times, no. An inside source quoted by the paper says there's "zero" chance of Anthony becoming a Laker.

Maybe so -- but there are a handful of factors that argue against dismissing this prospect out of hand. Speculation about a Carmelo sign-and-trade with the Lakers has been bubbling since at least last July -- and just over a week ago, Kobe Bryant defended Melo against booing in his home arena.

Granted, Bryant implied that a warmer welcome at the Pepsi Center might make Carmelo more inclined to re-up with the Nuggets -- and in recent comments, Anthony's continued to keep Denver among his options. But does anyone interpret these remarks as anything other than subterfuge? After all, Melo's wife, LaLa Vasquez, clearly wants to land in a bigger media market -- and while he'd have to share the L.A. spotlight with Kobe, LaLa probably wouldn't object, since its glow is a helluva lot brighter from her perspective than any in Colorado. And if he really wants a championship, going to L.A. would dramatically improve his odds of earning a ring.

More practically, the Nuggets would be wise to hint at L.A. interest if only to potentially improve an offer from NYC. Since the Nets took themselves out of the Melo sweepstakes, the Knicks have been essentially competing against themselves for his services. Another possible bidder would help drive up the price -- and for the Nuggets, that would be all to the good.

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Hardshooting Pistol
Hardshooting Pistol

dont b a fool, fool KOBE is the man in LAKER Nation so dont get ur panties in a wod.MELO will make us strong but he will only B the man after KOBE.

Hardshooting Pistol
Hardshooting Pistol

i be stupet ,stupit u and everybodyelse no who is the man i laker nation "K B".NOW i think melo and KOBE can co-exsest

Jacksses
Jacksses

Melo go to lakers with kobe championship guartenteed heat gt some good people let lakers get good people

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Jacksses, this would be great for the Lakers -- but as a Nuggets fan, it'd be grim to have to get past Melo in the Western Conference playoffs every year. Not that there's any guarantee the Nugs will get to the playoffs anytime soon after this deal goes down. Thanks for posting.

Dcrichee
Dcrichee

melo and jr smith for drew and artest

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Ron Artest in Denver? That'd definitely shake things up. Thanks for posting, Dcrichee.

Ghouston
Ghouston

Melo for Lamar and Artest.

Laggets
Laggets

probably not lamar because he is the most consistent laker this year and is liked by the fans media coaching staff and his teamates. bynum and artest might be more likely

mcassasin
mcassasin

andrew bynum is younger and has much better potential than lamar.. so we should keep bynum and trade lamar

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting possibility, Laggets. Thanks for posting.

Xgrumpyx909
Xgrumpyx909

I really want to see Carmelo go to L.A. Now i can see my favorite player with my favorite team.. I would rather see him as the spotlight for L.A. then Kobe..

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Xgrumpyx909, I got a chance to see the Nuggets play the Lakers here in November, and I was amazed how many Lakers fans were in attendance. If Melo goes to L.A., I'll bet they'd be very happy. Thanks for reading and posting.

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