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- Updated: July 3, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers had their salary cap space situated for an opportunity such as this, as they held a meeting with free agent forward Carmelo Anthony on Thursday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, according to Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
In the nearly three-hour sit down, the Lakers told Anthony that they would be willing to offer him a four-year, $95 million contract.
Los Angeles was represented by team president Jeanie Buss, executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, Lakers chief operating officer Tim Harris and executives from Time Warner Cable SportsNet, AEG representatives, and former Lakers great James Worthy.
One notable name left out was Kobe Bryant who was unable to fly back on time from his family vacation as the meeting was moved up to an earlier time due to the New York Knicks coming to Los Angeles to speak with Anthony. However, Bryant did inform Anthony that he would not be at the meeting and would meet up with him later Thursday night.
The team’s pitch included presenting Anthony a short film that was created by movie producer Joel Silver, his No. 7 jersey in a team uniform, and holding the meeting in Jeanie Buss’s office, where the 10 championship trophies that the organization has won since moving to Los Angeles reside. The Lakers were said to have centered the conversation around championship tradition, commitment to winning, and playing for one of the league’s most illustrious franchises.
The meeting was described as going well, but Anthony did not give any specifications on when he would come to a final decision.
The Knicks headed by team president Phil Jackson were said to offer Anthony a maximum contract at five-years, $129 million, which is $30 million more than any other team can offer.
This week, the 30-year-old has meet with the Lakers, Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, and Houston Rockets. Prior to the start of the free agency period Anthony had stated he wanted to make his decision within the first two weeks of the process.
Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/ NY Post
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