The Los Angeles Lakers are entering a critical offseason for the future of their franchise. Rob Pelinka and company made it clear that they are looking to win a championship now with the trade to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. It was a move that saw the Lakers trade Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a plethora of first-round picks.
Now, the Lakers will be searching to surround LeBron James and Davis with the most talent they possibly can. Depending on when the Davis trade goes through, the Lakers may only have just over $23 million to spend to fill out the rest of the roster.
That kind of money isn’t bad, but it certainly isn’t good for a team looking to build a championship contender. James and Davis could potentially win a title without another superstar, but they need good role players around them.
Carmelo Anthony didn’t work out with the Houston Rockets last season, but he is still looking for another opportunity. Los Angeles had interest in signing him last season after he was waived, but never pulled the trigger. They could very well revisit that possibility this offseason.
Why could the Lakers take another look at signing Anthony? Let’s dive in and take a look.
3. Melo Still Has Basketball Left in the Tank
Despite a couple of disappointing seasons, there is no question that Anthony can still play basketball. He isn’t the superstar scorer that he once was, but he can shoot the three and score off the bench. Los Angeles wouldn’t be signing him to be their No. 1 or No. 2 option, but he could fill the role as a bench sparkplug.
Anthony would have to accept a bench role, which has been an issue in the past, but doing so to join a championship contender with his a close friend in James would likely be of interest to him.
2. He Isn’t Going to Cost Much
Just a few short years ago, Anthony would have been looking for a max contract in free agency, but that simply is not the case any longer. If the Lakers were to pursue Anthony, it would be for a very reasonable price.
He may not be willing to take a veteran’s minimum contract, but around $5 million would be a solid range for him. Anthony may be looking for something bigger, but he is going to have a hard time finding it. Signing a one-year, $5 million deal to help the Lakers contend and prove himself would be an ideal situation.
1. The Lakers Have to Find Talented Role Players
Finally, and most importantly, the Lakers have to fill out the rest of their roster with talent. Anthony may not be what he once was, but he is still talented and is a better scorer than many of the other players in his likely price range.
Los Angeles may be taking a risk by signing him, but it is one worth taking. If they want to win another championship to hang in the rafters, they cannot afford to play it safe. Anthony is going to come cheap and he could be a big-time piece for the Lakers if they bring him in.