After a report on Tuesday morning stated Jim Buss shot down any talk of Carmelo Anthony joining the Los Angeles Lakers, conflicting reports appeared on Tuesday night indicating the Lakers are in preliminary negotiations with the Denver Nuggets about a trade for Anthony. The Lakers are reportedly building a package around Andrew Bynum, all in an attempt to land Anthony as the whirlwind trade rumors continue to swirl.
According to a report by ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Lakers have yet to make an offer, but there has been preliminary contact between the two teams.
“There have been discussions between the two teams,” one of the sources said. “The Lakers are definitely an option.”
It is believed that the Lakers have not yet made an offer for Anthony but that the two clubs have merely had discussions.
Broussard cautions that the Lakers’ front office isn’t in agreement about dealing Bynum and that nothing is anywhere near imminent, as well.
There’s also conflicting information, laid out in the report as well, about whether or not the deal has been shot down. At least one source said the deal won’t happen while another was adamant the deal is still on the table and talks are ongoing. Confused yet? We are, too.