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It’s not Anthony Davis but it is an open roster spot and the man in question is indeed a longtime All-Star.
And according to Brad Turner of the LA Times, the Los Angeles Lakers do intend to “seriously look” into adding free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony, currently sitting at home as a free agent.
Anthony, 34, is a close friend of Lakers star LeBron James and James has indicated he would love to have an opportunity to play with Anthony.
James, of course, is still a star. Anthony is not. He used to be — but that star has clearly faded, with Anthony being exiled and then traded from the Houston Rockets after just 10 appearances this season.
He was dealt to the Chicago Bulls, who waived him shortly thereafter.
This all comes after the Lakers tried mightily to acquire Davis, who informed the New Orleans Pelicans nearly two weeks ahead of Thursday’s deadline that he wanted a trade.
The Pelicans opted to hang on to Davis, leaving the Lakers as a .500 club that clearly will need James to return to full speed just to get into the playoffs. If Anthony can become an off-the-bench scoring sidekick and locker-room contributor, then maybe he will be worth a shot.
Many around the league seem to think playing with LeBron will be good for Carmelo. James has a history of getting the most out of aging stars, making their lives easier with his deft passing and ability to draw double-, triple- or even quadruple-teams.
So it may not be the perfect Anthony for the Lakers, but it could be an Anthony nonetheless. And after these past two weeks, this Anthony may be able to give them a needed jolt of his own.
Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and averaged 13.4 points in his stint with the Rockets. The Lakers created an open roster spot by trading center Ivica Zubac and forward Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Mike Muscala on Thursday.