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Report: Lakers, Nuggets discuss Anthony trade

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  February 8, 2011 04:33 PM

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anthonyla.jpgThe Los Angeles Lakers have joined the New York Knicks as suitors for Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard. A potential deal bringing Anthony to Los Angeles would center around Lakers center Andrew Bynum, according to the report.

"There have been discussions between the two teams," one of the sources told Broussard. "The Lakers are definitely an option."

According to the report, the Nuggets do not have interest in Lakers forward Ron Artest. A trade of Anthony for Bynum would come close to meeting the league's financial requirements for pulling off such a deal.

For Celtics fans, of course, a potential Anthony-to-Los Angeles deal could spell big trouble to Boston's title run this season. The Celtics beat the Lakers in Los Angeles last week and play them at TD Garden on Thursday. The teams went to seven games in last year's Finals, and the thought is that the Celtics can compete with Los Angeles with a healthy Kendrick Perkins. A trio of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Anthony could be formidable for years to come and matches, at least in the short term, the trio of stars the Miami Heat have assembled.

According to reports, the Nuggets are also engaged in talks with the Knicks about a three-way trade involving the Minnesota Timberwolves. Initial discussions centered around Denver getting Wilson Chandler, with Minnesota sending Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to Denver as well. But Denver has its eye on young Knicks assets Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields, along with Chandler.

What do you think? Would the Lakers be stealing Anthony if they gave up only Bynum? Do you like the Celtics' chances more or less if Los Angeles makes that deal?

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