LeBron James wants the Lakers to add Carmelo Anthony.
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, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources.
James thinks Anthony could be a “contributor,” for Los Angeles, the report says. The two are close friends.
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.
The Lakers will face the Spurs in San Antonio on Friday. They’ll carry a 15-9 record into that matchup.