Lakers have moved into serious contention on Carmelo Anthony, multiple sources tell Yahoo.
Melo has visited with a number of teams, but according to Bill Simmons of Grantland, the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks are in a three-way battle for the veteran small forward. ANALYST:
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender