Lakers Rumors: Nate Robinson and Latest Buzz Surrounding Los Angeles
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Dwight Howard may be seeking greener pastures with the Houston Rockets, but you better believe we're just getting started when it comes to news and rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Kobe Bryant is nursing a torn Achilles tendon and Steve Nash is coming to terms with the fact he's going on 40 years old, the front office in Los Angeles has been very busy.
The Lakers are in need of some scoring and have begun shoring up various positions on the roster by bringing on names like Chris Kaman and Nick Young.
There are plenty of wild things that could happen with the Lakers in the next month, not to mention within a year.
Here's a look at the latest buzz out of Los Angeles.
Nate Robinson on the Menu?
The Chicago Bulls' decision to roll with Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich moving forward makes sense, even with the outstanding production Nate provided last year.
That has opened a window of sorts for Los Angeles.
According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld via Twitter, the Lakers are but one team that has shown an interest in bringing Robinson on board:
Following up on @ESPNSteinLine's Nuggets tweet, I'm told Nate Robinson has also received interest from the Wizards, Bucks, Mavs and Lakers.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 13, 2013
While Robinson would be a welcomed scoring addition after his 13 points per game last year, it's hard to imagine the Lakers have the space.
Think about it. Steve Nash and Steve Blake are still around and won't be going anywhere. The team just agreed to a deal with veteran point guard Jordan Farmar as well, which the team itself confirmed on Twitter:
Sure, Robinson could slide over to shooting guard, but Kobe will be back sooner than later knowing him. In the meantime, recently signed Nick Young could see time there, as could Wesley Johnson, who was also recently inked to a deal with the team.
The Lakers are working hard to find scoring via free agency, but any chance Robinson had of landing with the team seems to have evaporated at this point.
LeBron Or Melo to L.A. Next Year?
Stop if you've heard this before—there are rumors floating around that two superstars could team up in a major city to pursue a championship together.
According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst via front office sources, the Lakers are eyeing Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and LeBron James of the Miami Heat next offseason:
Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or Anthony, with one source calling it "realistic" and another saying it was "far-fetched at this point." Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the superstars who could become free agents in 2014 by refusing to commit to any contract past this upcoming season, multiple sources have said.
Thanks to the power of our modern technology, SportsNation has already given us a look at the duo in yellow and purple:
Of course, all of this was made possible by Howard jumping ship. Bryant has already told the media he plans on being active in the recruiting process next offseason via the same ESPN report:
"It's an open conversation, via text and also meeting in person and just picking up the phone and calling," Bryant said of his involvement. "They've kept me in the loop pretty well."
The stars have to align (literally and figuratively) for this rumor to come to fruition, but it's not that far-fetched two superstars would want to play under the bright lights in Los Angeles.
After all, we've seen it happen before.
Bryant Extension Drama Inbound?
Will Kobe Bryant finish his career with the Lakers?
Speaking of Bryant, the aging superstar may be planning a role in recruiting, but he needs to start worrying about his own future with the team as well.
All signs pointed to the Lakers wanting to work something out with Bryant on an extension this offseason.
That was before he tore his Achilles.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, all contract extension talks were shelved until Bryant progressed further into his rehab. Bryant himself says he has no plans on approaching the front office about one until the team has completed the rest of its business this offseason.
Still, one has to wonder if the Lakers front office will be willing to give Bryant $10-15 million per year after an injury with their eyes set on potentially landing two max-contract superstars.
One has to also wonder if Bryant will accept less money to stay with the Lakers.
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