The Los Angeles Lakers will be armed with loads of cap space heading into free agency, but they aren't interested in pursuing New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Anthony is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks to test free agency, and the big-market Lakers could throw a maximum contract his way, in theory. But Los Angeles reportedly doesn't like the idea of pairing Anthony with Kobe Bryant, and Lakers president Jeanie Buss isn't keen on stealing Anthony away from Phil Jackson, the new Knicks president and Buss' fiancé.

Why this makes sense

Even with Kobe Bryant still on the roster, the Lakers have some serious rebuilding to do, so it would make some sense to not sink a good portion of the cap over the next few years into two players. That's especially wise when those players aren't spring chickens, with Bryant nearing the end of his career and Anthony turning 30 this week.

As for the fit, Anthony and Bryant have had success together playing for Team USA, but one would have to question how the relationship would work at this stage of their careers. This wouldn't be like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade teaming up. Bryant and Anthony are two ball-stopping isolation scorers, and while both have loads of talent, getting them to mesh could be tricky.