Don't count on Carmelo Anthony coming to Lakers
The Lakers and Carmelo Anthony? Wouldn't count on it.
An ESPN report that the Lakers were in preliminary talks with Denver for the Nuggets' unhappy all-star forward was quickly rebuffed by the Lakers.
"What's out there is inaccurate," said a Lakers representative familiar with the negotiations.
The report said the deal would revolve around Andrew Bynum for Anthony, though a team source told The Times on Tuesday that the Lakers were unwilling to deal Bynum, the 23-year-old center who has been plagued by knee problems.
Bynum is considered the personal project of Lakers executive Jim Buss, the son of team owner Jerry Buss.
-- Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Photo: Kobe Bryant, left, and Carmelo Anthony have their game faces on during the Lakers-Nuggets playoff series in April 2008. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times