As the 2014 NBA Draft approaches, that means it is time for the large amounts of offseason NBA Rumors to pick up.
While it has been speculated for a while now that the two close friends want to play together, a few teams around the NBA are gearing up to try and make that a reality.
Naturally the Miami Heat are going to do everything they can to re-sign LeBron and the New York Knicks will do everything they can to re-sign Melo.
But it may not be enough.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein have reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers are all prepared to make runs at landing both superstars.
In addition to the Miami Heat’s obvious desire to retain James by any means necessary and pursue Anthony if he urges them to do so, sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks are among the teams mulling potential trades designed to clear enough cap space to be able to recruit the two stars and close friends.
The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, had begun exploring such machinations even before the opt outs of James and Anthony had become known, according to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne.
The Lakers have been trying in recent days to package the No. 7 overall pick in Thursday’s draft with the expiring contract of Steve Nash (who’s owed $9.7 million next season) to free up enough room to offer James and Anthony at least $16 million each next season to join forces with Kobe Bryant, Shelburne reported.
I still say it is a crazy idea but with each passing day it becomes a little clearer that something like this could happen.
The Knicks will try and land both players as well but being that they would have to right now try and sign LeBron for a little over $3 million, the simple thought is laughable.
I still believe Melo ends up in Chicago and LeBron ends up in back in Miami, but the Cavs and Lakers could have something to say about it all before it is official.
If anything it is definitely worth paying serious attention to as free agency gets set to begin.