Berger: Lakers to meet with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Carmelo Anthony heads to LA on Thursday.   (USATSI)
Carmelo Adnthony heads to LA on Thursday. (USATSI)

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Ken Berger of reports that free agent star forward Carmelo Anthony will meet with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

The news comes after reports surfaced and Berger confirmed that the Knicks star will visit first with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, then with the Rockets and Mavericks on Wednesday before heading to LA on Thursday. Despite the illustrious tour, Berger says the Knicks remain in the lead to retain his services.

The Lakers have $28 million in salary space available before the possibility of using the stretch provision on Steve Nash. They're expected to be heavily involved in free agency. Star Kobe Bryant and Anthony have a long-standing relationship, and it's believed that could influence Anthony if the Lakers can make a convincing case. Unfortunately, that's pretty much their entire case. Bryant is coming off two major leg injuries, and the rest of the roster literally doesn't exist.

It would take a miracle to get Melo to LA, but he will take the meeting.

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