Kobe Bryant is on the books for $48 million over the next two seasons.
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If James and Anthony decided they both wanted to play for the Lakers, they would have to take less than max money.
James had reportedly expressed his interest in a max deal to the Miami Heat, leaving uncertainty about the Big Three’s tenure in South Beach.
James along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh infamously signed on for less money four years ago and went on to reach four consecutive NBA Finals, winning two of them.
It doesn’t appear that will be happening this time around.
As far as the Lakers are concerned, signing Anthony this summer appears to be more likely than getting a signature from James because of Anthony’s relationship with Bryant, although the chances of either happening don’t appear to be particularly great.
After meeting with the Lakers Thursday afternoon, Anthony met with Phil Jackson and the Knicks in Los Angeles.
Despite previously suggesting Anthony take less money, Jackson and the Knicks reportedly offered Anthony a maximum, five-year, $129 million deal.