Remember what we said about talent not coming cheap? About stars not taking pay cuts to play with Bryant?
Chasing Anthony could be more about LeBron James than it is Anthony and Bryant, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst:
With LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony officially opting out of their contracts, multiple teams have begun the process of exploring roster moves that would create sufficient salary-cap space to sign 2014's marquee free agents in tandem this summer, according to sources close to the situation.
The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, had begun exploring such machinations even before the opt outs of James and Anthony had become known, according to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.
Now that's how you do an offseason.
Landing both Anthony and James is, in fact, a pipe dream. But it's not impossible.
The Lakers can use the seventh overall pick—the actual player they draft—to buffer a Nash salary dump. Bryant and Sacre would be the only guaranteed pacts on their books at that point.
From there, the Lakers can bring back Kent Bazemore, Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall, and, after factoring in the necessary minimum cap holds, be left with $32-plus million in spending power.
For the math-challenged peeps, this, in theory, means they could offer James and Anthony starting salaries around $16 million each.
While that's well below market value, Anthony and James want to play on the same team, per USA Today's Sam Amick. If reeling in No. 7 helps them get No. 6, well, then the Lakers have only one problem: Their gold shoes might be too tight.
Oh wait, two problems, actually: What's the best way to go about recruiting Kevin Durant in 2016?