Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony Or Both To Team Up With Kobe Bryant In 2014?

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Jul 19, 2013 09:15 AM EDT
LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant
Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) jokes with Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles January 17, 2013.

The 2013-14 season hasn't even begun but there already rumors running about a possible super team in the making for the Los Angeles Lakers to come in the near future.

With all the cap space the Lakers will have available next summer, the team is rumored to be making plans to go hard after superstars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Although it's a stretch that the team will land both and still have Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol in the fold, the Lakers' front office is intent on making it happen.

Depending on the outcome of the upcoming season for the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, the Lakers' chances of bringing in LeBron, Anthony or both could change.

James would be the most difficult signing especially after winning two championships with the Heat. If he manages to win a third or even come close, prying him from Pat Riley and the Heat franchise. Even if they fall short, Riley will be sure to add new talent around James to keep him in a Heat uniform.

As for Anthony the possibility is greater but still not as likely to occur.

As of now the Knicks are currently a mixture of one superstar in Anthony, two injury-prone big men in Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire, a promising young talent in Iman Shumpert and a foray of filler to complete their roster.

Although Anthony's desire is to remain with the Knicks, if they fall short of winning a title once again, then he may be tempted to leave in search of a greater opportunity.

However, according to GM Glen Grunwald keeping Anthony in the Big Apple is a priority. Grunwald said on Tuesday that he sees the Knicks as having a "long-term, successful partnership" with Anthony.

"It's really premature for me to talk about [Anthony's opt-out]. We obviously love Melo, we think he's great for New York and New York is great for him," Grunwald said on a conference call.

"We see it being a long-term, successful partnership with him as we go forward. But right now, it's just too early to say anything other than we're looking forward to this coming season and we expect to have a good year."

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