The Lakers done their representation to Carmelo Anthony on Thursday afternoon with a peep of Hollywood, an interest to a future, and wish that a tie was made.
Then dual of their officials hopped on a private jet and headed to Cleveland to accommodate with LeBron James’ agent.
It was a secrecy pierce for sure.
Some officials high adult in a Lakers’ classification didn’t even know a assembly was scheduled Friday, though a Lakers were one of several teams authorised to speak to a deputy of one of a game’s many energetic players.
If a Lakers stir James’ initial line of defense, they competence be means to lay down with him in person. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and business Vice President Tim Harris will be a ones pitching James’ agent, Rich Paul.
The Lakers have adequate salary-cap space to pointer possibly James or Anthony to a limit contract, though a twin would have to take estimable compensate cuts to play together in Los Angeles.
The Lakers were means to woo Anthony in chairman Thursday afternoon while he spent 21/2 hours during their training trickery in El Segundo.
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Executives from Anschutz Entertainment Group and Time Warner Cable pitched him on a distance and range of a Los Angeles market. Movie writer Joel Silver put together a four-minute “trailer” of Anthony’s life, narrated by Tobey Maguire.
Harris quarterbacked a business side of a meeting, James Worthy also spoke, as did group administrator Jeanie Buss, who clearly voiced her enterprise to have Anthony join a 16-time NBA champions.
Team executives Jim Buss and Kupchak talked particularly basketball with Anthony, who is also deliberation Dallas, Houston and Chicago and met with his aged team, New York, after Thursday.
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At a really least, this assembly wasn’t scarcely as moving as a one a Lakers hold a year ago with Dwight Howard, who already had one feet out a doorway when he was challenged by Kobe Bryant to hang around if he wanted to indeed be a champion.
Howard went to Houston, and a Rockets didn’t even get out of a initial round. Not that a Lakers were anywhere tighten to a playoffs, finishing 27-55 and 14th in a Western Conference.
One chairman informed with a assembly with Anthony called it “an beguiling time spent with a really good man who was truly intent in a conversation.”
Bryant was not there though designed to accommodate with Anthony privately.
If a Lakers pointer him, they consider they can get Pau Gasol to re-sign for about half of a $19.3 million he done final season.
The Knicks have a built-in advantage since they can pointer Anthony, 30, for $129.1 million over 5 years. The Lakers can offer a limit of 4 years and $95.9 million, while a other 3 teams now aren’t tighten to being means to pointer Anthony to a limit deal.
Silver, who constructed “The Matrix,” “Die Hard,” and “48 Hours” movies, was also in assemblage Thursday and spoke about a attribute between a Lakers and Hollywood.
The trailer he put together was entitled “Third Act.” The initial act was about Anthony’s early career, a second partial overwhelmed on his struggles in Denver and New York, and a third act was about a Lakers future, interspersed with images of Los Angeles and Lakers legends such as George Mikan and Elgin Baylor.
After a meeting, Kupchak walked Anthony to his car, along with Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose. Anthony declined to comment.
He was a toast of Chicago on Tuesday, his coming for a assembly with a Bulls prisoner by a overflow of internal TV cameras as he walked past a worshiped Michael Jordan statue during United Center.
Houston saluted Anthony with vast electronic images of him wearing a No.7 Rockets jersey outward a arena, though it usually managed to annoy Rockets ensure Jeremy Lin, who is underneath agreement for one some-more deteriorate and, yes, wears No. 7.
The Lakers didn’t wish to make such gaffes. They kept it simple. They told Anthony they didn’t need him to sell tickets. They indispensable him to win games.
The final line in Silver’s four-minute video flattering most pronounced it all: It’s adult to you, Carmelo.
As expected, Kurt Rambis assimilated a Knicks’ staff after spending final deteriorate as an partner manager with a Lakers. Rambis will be a tip partner underneath new Knicks Coach Derek Fisher. … Center Chris Kaman sealed a two-year, $10-million understanding with Portland.
Times match Eric Pincus contributed to this report.
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