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LeBron James would like good friend and soon-to-be available forward Carmelo Anthony to join the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report from Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
Anthony, 34, is about to be officially waived by the Houston Rockets, likely within the next week. He has only played 10 games with the organization after signing in free agency before the season. He has not been with the team in almost a month.
One opposing league executive told Amico Hoops two weeks ago that James wanting Anthony on the Lakers would be a “no-brainer,” once Anthony is released.
As Vardon noted, Anthony cannot be traded until Dec. 15 by league rules, “and sources said there had been no request made by James to Lakers president Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka to make a deal for his friend. Nor would there be.”
“The only other spot Carmelo might go is Miami,” the exec told Amico Hoops. “But he’s gonna join LeBron. I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t. Eventually, someone in LeBron’s camp will get the word out, for sure.”
Added Vardon: “James does not want to see Anthony’s career end either with the Houston divorce or the 10-time All-Star playing out the string in a market where he doesn’t want to be.”
Anthony is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds this season, shooting just 41 percent from the field and 68 percent from the line.