The newest empty-calorie conversation regarding the Los Angeles Lakers involves two of the biggest names in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Both can exercise their early termination options after the 2013-14 season and become free agents in the Summer of 2014.
With the Los Angeles Lakers losing center Dwight Howard to free agency this summer and shooting guard Kobe Bryant out with an achilles injury, the Lakers are in need of a superstar.
Both Anthony and James are two of the leagues best. James, the two-time NBA Finals MVP, four-time league MVP, seven-time NBA All First Team player and five-time defensive first teamer among other countless accolades, is by far the league’s best player and would make the Lakers immediate title contenders. James accounted for a league high 19.3 wins last season for the Heat, a number that should only go up as James, now 28, is just hitting the prime of his career.
Anthony, the Knicks’ best player, contributed for 9.5 wins last season. Anthony averaged a league high 28.7 points and accounted for 7.5 wins based on his offensive production alone.
Together, the dynamic duo of James and Anthony would cause countless fits for every NBA team, including the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, an up an coming franchise complete with a bonafide star in Stephen Curry and an elite nucleus of Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, are supposed to be championship contenders in the coming years, but even with a Warriors roster equipped with such a core, a Lakers squad featuring Anthony and James and little to nothing else would still be the team to beat in the Western Conference.
Right now, though, the additions of Anthony and James to the Lakers is still more than 12 months away, and is nothing more than a empty calorie conversation, one than has no substance, only mentioned because of how dreadful the Lakers could be next season without a franchise player.