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Carmelo Anthony

Don't Count On Me

Joining the Lakers

7/24/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Dear Los Angeles Lakers fans,

We're sorry to inform you ... it doesn't seem very likely Carmelo Anthony will be dishing to Kobe Bryant any time soon, despite reports to the contrary.

Anthony was leaving Cecconi's in West Hollywood this week when we asked straight up if he could see himself in purple and gold after his contract with the Knicks runs out.

CA's response? "Ummmmm, I doubt it."

Carmelo teased us a little bit ... saying he owns purple and gold shoes -- but made it pretty clear he has no plans to wear them on the hardwood.

Anthony also told TMZ ... he's NOT secretly plotting with LeBron James to join the same NBA squad ... though he admits, they're pretty damn good when they play together.

Still, don't count out the Lakers entirely ... 'cause when the time comes, you can bet L.A. will bust out the checkbook -- and nothing changes a mind like a couple of zeros.

Stay tuned ...

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22 COMMENTS

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1.

Hollywood    

Would be nice to see these two play together again!

371 days ago
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Anthony    

If it was just about the zeros the Knicks can pay him about 20-40 million dollars more over the life of his next contract than the Lakers can pay him (signing your own player gives you an edge as you can pay them more than another team can)

371 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

I miss the days when franchise players stayed with their team for their whole career. You know, like Kobe is doing. Carmelo is already playing in a major market on a team that's better than the Lakers. Why should he move?

371 days ago
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HazelEyez    

The Knicks are in no position to win they have over paid players who can't stay healthy the nets are the best team in NY that's why he wants to leave he's not going to say it while under contract

371 days ago
5.

Ben    

Wow idiot TMZ. You do know that Carmelo while under contract with the Knicks, can't talk about becoming part of another team while under contract.

371 days ago
6.

Dave    

The Lakers have dangled the prospect of all these great players joining them next year in hopes of having everyone look past the awful team their GM has made them. Now that the Jerry West years have finally faded, Mitch Kupchak has showed how incompetent he is. The Lakers won't get Melo or James or anyone else big. There has been a tectonic shift in LA and the Clippers are the new king.

370 days ago
7.

Dave    

David Stern screwed the Lakers last year on the Chris Paul deal. So glad he has gone. Worst commissioner ever.

370 days ago
8.

Wolf    

Why would anyone want to live in LA? I guess NY couldn't be much better. Seems like a giant ant hill with everyone climbing all over each other to get what they want.

370 days ago
9.

Nick Papagiorgio    

This would have been a disaster anyway !!

370 days ago
10.

manbearpig    

melo and kobe on 1 team?
ha- it would be fun to see 2 ball hogs argue over who gets to shoot 40 times tonight.

370 days ago
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Shirley Armstrong    

I think the paparazzi should back off those celebs that complain then see how long they last or stay on top!!!!

370 days ago
12.

Jenny    

Overrated ball hog. No way he would ever share the ball with Kobe

370 days ago
13.

myopinion    

LA doesn't want him!

370 days ago
14.

Shane    

Even if he was on the lakers he wouldn't be dishing to Kobe lol

370 days ago
15.

Henrock67    

Melo is definitely staying in New York!! He's their franchise player, everyone says how he and Amare can't play together. Why would he go to a new team and start over with Lebron James and who else? Everyone's idea of the NBA reminds me of my sons playing their nba video games. Just throw the best players you can on one team and wanting them to win. It's an accident waiting to happen. stay in New York Melo, no matter what everyone wants, (Brooklyn being the better team) the Knicks are the number one team in New York!!

364 days ago
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