After back-to-back losses against inferior competition, the Los Angeles Lakers were bound to receive some criticism. And that criticism was bound to lead to talk of changing the roster. And that talk was bound to lead to Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony is still under contract with the Houston Rockets but has left the team as both sides look to find a new home for him. Whether the Rockets waive him or trade him, the former All-Star will have trouble finding somewhere to stick as the leaguewide perception of him continues souring.
Meanwhile, reports have indicated that LeBron James wants to play with Anthony on the Lakers. James addressed those rumors following the Lakers loss to the Nets one night after meeting his fellow 2003 draftee for dinner.
Following via Kyle Goon of the OC Register:
“I don’t run the team and obviously there’s some things that need to be worked out on both sides,” he said. “But I’ve always wanted to play along Melo and if the opportunity presents itself, it would be great. So we’ll see what happens.”
Obviously, this is something that will be discussed until Melo finds a new team. It’s also not unexpected. James and Anthony are close friends. Of course, they want to play together. And if the Lakers are not the ones to sign him, then James has given his friend the ultimate endorsement for the league to hear.
The Lakers have held steadfast on not signing the out-of-his-prime superstar though. James has been patient with the front office and clear that he does not want to pressure them into making moves, although he may have sent a message with his comments about Anthony Davis.
The Lakers, who would have to waive someone to sign Anthony, have other weaknesses to assess and improve. Anthony just isn’t the right fit and James may know that himself.