We went over the ways we didn’t think it made sense for the Lakers to trade for Carmelo Anthony — they take on much more salary and give up their defensive anchor when the team needs to focus on getting stops.
The Lakers do not intend to trade Bynum, at 23 their one youthful building block for the future and still coveted by Lakers vice president Jim Buss despite chronic knee problems. The organization’s basketball decisions are increasingly being made by Buss on behalf of his father, Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
The Lakers have had previous Anthony-related discussions, but not only are the Lakers resistant to trading Bynum, they have no intention of adding a salary such as Anthony’s. He would average more than $20 million per season in his extension if acquired and signed, and the Lakers already are uneasy that their league-high payroll is bloated now and into the future.
Also, apparently the Nuggets asked about Pau Gasol for Anthony as well, but the Lakers said no once they caught their breath from laughing so hard.
Most likely, leaking this could be the Nuggets trying to get themselves leverage in talks with the Knicks. But the Lakers are not playing that game. They are thinking title and thinking Bynum.