Lakers not interested in Carmelo Anthony

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Lakers are not interested in adding Carmelo Anthony. This comes on the heels of a report by The Athletic, who said LeBron James wanted to add his friend.

James and Anthony are close friends. However, they have never played together during their NBA careers. And, according to Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner, they will not be playing together with the Lakers.

“Lakers have no interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, per sources. Sources said people want to attach players to Lakers now. Sources said Melo people called Lakers a while back and that LeBron hasn’t talked to Lakers prez Magic Johnson/Rob Pelinka about getting Melo.”

Former Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony being guarded by his friend and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James
Carmelo Anthony being guarded by his friend and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (Getty Images)

According to Basketball-Reference, the duo has faced each other 33 times. James holds a 19-14 advantage. He also is averaging more than Anthony as he averaged 25.8 points compared to Anthony’s 22.2 points.

James also holds a 4-1 advantage in the postseason. James’ Miami Heat team defeated Anthony’s Knicks team in the 2012 NBA playoffs.

Anthony is a disgruntled player, who has been exiled from the Houston Rockets. After signing a one-year, $2.4 million player, he was banished from the team after 10 games.

The 34-year-old New York, New York native continues to refuse to accept a bench role with any team he plays for. With the Rockets, he appeared in 10 games with just two starts. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game.

His eight games off the bench for the Rockets was the first-time in his career that he came off the bench. He has appeared in 1,064 NBA games with 1,056 starts. He also has a career average of 24 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 35.8 minutes per game.

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