With Dwight Howard off to Houston via free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers may find themselves with a ton of cap space in the summer of 2014. Just point guard Steve Nash is currently on the books for the 2014-15 season, and should the team re-sign Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant to more affordable deals, L.A. will be in position to make a run at a primetime free agent.
Enter Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks forward has an opt-out clause following the 2013-14 season, meaning that he could be one of a handful of A-list free agents–LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are other possibilities–on the market. Furthermore, speculation has picked up the past several days, spearheaded by media reports, that Anthony ought to consider jumping from the East Coast to the Pacific.
So what to make of all of the hypothetical talk? Sam Mitchell and Justin Termine discussed Anthony’s future in New York on SiriusXM’s Off the Dribble.
“At some point, the players that are on the current roster gotta get better,” Mitchell said of players leaving after only a couple of years on a team. “I never thought about it [during my playing career] from the standpoint of [management has to] go acquire an All-Star at every position in order for us to have a chance to compete for a championship. I just feel like sometimes, the onus needs to be more on the players for [the team] to get better.
“Why can’t the Knicks’ current roster get good enough, or play good enough, or execute offensively and defensively good enough, to get them a better change to win?” Mitchell added.
While Mitchell made the case for New York, Termine said that between the Knicks’ ugly cap situation and the amount of money the Lakers may have, L.A. may be the better landing spot for Anthony. Listen to their thoughts below, and hear Off the Dribble weekdays at 12 pm ET on Sirius channel 92, XM channel 28 and online on Sports Zone.