All of you that act as if every FA is crazy not to come to LA have no clue. Did Garnett come here? How about Bosh? What about Mello? All of TLN wanted these guys to sign. And then the tune changes when they go elsewhere. Other than D12 for a single season name me a major FA signing since Shaq almost 18 years ago. A declining Ron Arrest? Pau was a trade. Nash a trade. Jamison....lol. If LA is simply irresistible because of the legacy why have so many FA's switched teams and pass on LAs offers? I don't think that vast majority of modern players GAF about a legacy.
Melo was a trade. He wanted New York because he grew up there.
Garnett was a trade. Not sure on the whole story, but I think the Lakers were reluctant to give up both Odom and Bynum ( or that was for J. O'Neal ).
The Lakers were never interested in Bosh. Long time ago, there was a rumor that the Lakers were willing to trade Bynum for Bosh. That obviously was not true. And why would we go after him when we just came off a repeat?