Lakers have no interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, report says

By E.Jay Zarett 8 December 2018 50
Lakers have no interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, report says

The Lakers have "no interest" in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

LeBron James reportedly wants the Lakers to add the veteran, according to a report Thursday in The Athletic, citing league sources.

Anthony has not played since he parted ways with the Rockets in late November after appearing in just 10 games. James, however, “still believes Anthony can play” and is hoping Los Angeles acquires him.

James thinks Anthony could be a “contributor” for the Lakers, the report says. The two are close friends.

Turner reports that Anthony's representatives contacted the Lakers "a while back," but James hasn't spoken with president of basketball operations Magic Johnson or GM Rob Pelinka about a possible trade.

Anthony signed a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Rockets in the offseason and is not eligible to be traded until Dec. 15. He also could agree to a buy out with Houston and become a free agent.

The former star averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his time with Houston.

The 10-time All-Star spent last season with the Thunder before he was traded to the Hawks in mid-July in exchange for a package centered around Dennis Schroder. He was bought out by Atlanta, then joined the Rockets.

James left the Cavaliers and inked a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers this summer. He has averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.6. assists this season.

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