Despite LeBron James‘ reported desire to team up with his good friend Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers have no interest in acquiring the Rockets forward, sources tell Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times (Twitter link).
According to Turner, Anthony’s camp called the Lakers “a while back,” but it didn’t go anywhere. Turner adds that James hasn’t talked to president of basketball operations Magic Johnson or GM Rob Pelinka about acquiring Carmelo, which is consistent with what we heard from Joe Vardon of The Athletic on Thursday.
Vardon followed up on his Thursday report today, reiterating (via Twitter) that while James would like to see his friend end up on the Lakers, he hasn’t pushed the front office on the issue, and doesn’t plan to. LeBron and his camp believe that Anthony can still play and think he could be a fit in in L.A., but if Johnson and Pelinka disagree, Carmelo won’t become a Laker — and it seems that’s the case.
For now, Anthony technically remains a member of the Rockets, despite not having played for the team in nearly a month. Houston is expected to waive or trade the 10-time All-Star sometime in the not-too-distant future. Anthony will become eligible to be traded on December 15.