Los Angeles Lakers are planning on signing Carmelo Anthony and trading for Kevin Love this off-season
So what does D'Antoni's departure mean for the Lakers? It could mean that Pau Gasol opts to return instead of signing elsewhere in free agency. Gasol is one of the more marquee players set to hit the market this offseason. The Lakers have come out and said keeping the forward/center was a team priority, but D'Antoni complicated that.
It was well documented that Gasol and D'Antoni were not the best of friends. The veteran criticized the head coach's game plans and D'Antoni in return criticized the forward for speaking out on team matters. Gasol has said that the fate of D'Antoni would not impact his free agency decisions, but it is assumed Gasol is watching what moves the team makes in regards to the coach. The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Gasol is open to returning to the Lakers, but only if D'Antoni is fired, so now the Lakers may get their wish of keeping the veteran around.
Kobe Bryant is also hoping that his long-time teammate returns to the Lakers.
The veteran has said he will not be active in recruiting free agents this offseason, but publically stated his wish that Gasol re-sign with the team instead of heading elsewhere. Along with Gasol, Carmelo Anthony is the team's top free agent target. Placing him with Bryant and Steve Nash (if he returns) is an ideal Lakers set up. The team is also planning on chasing a trade for Kevin Love in the offseason as well.
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Well we knew about the possibility of Thibs so I'll just address the Lakers off-season plan..
*ahem*... WHAT!?!?!?? O_O But but but... how???
I guess that could happen if we traded our pick but..it.. alright.. thoughts?
Edited by Game, July 13, 2014 - 10:18 AM.