Carmelo Anthony wants to go to the Lakers to team up with LeBron James, according to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports.
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly considering signing the 6’8 forward and that could happen if Schultz’ reports about Anthony wanting to go to Los Angeles are to be taken seriously. Anthony also has a house in Los Angeles so that is another factor.
Source close to Carmelo Anthony says the #Lakers are one of Melo’s preferred destinations, and that he’s high on chance to finally play with #LeBron. Keep in mind too, that Carmelo owns a house in LA.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 7, 2018
The Philadelphia 76ers are also said to be interested in the 10-time All Star to increase their contention in the Eastern Conference for the NBA Finals, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
Houston Rockets’ point guard, Chris Paul, is also said to be spearheading a move to bring Anthony to Houston to form a trio with James Harden and himself to reinforce their offensive arsenal against strong Western Conference rivals. Rockets were close to adding Anthony to their unit last season and it remains to be seen how his defensive liability will be handled if they decide to sign him for the upcoming season.
Interesting. NBA execs largely consider Houston the favorite for Carmelo Anthony. Also have heard Lakers, Heat, and Sixers mentioned. I bet it’ll be the Rockets though. https://t.co/hHciV6PWvx
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 9, 2018
At 34, the challenge for Anthony, and for teams looking to add him to their roster, would be the question whether he is willing to accept a diminished role than he has been used to his entire career. Anthony averaged career-lows in vital statistical categories last season while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder with 32.1 minutes, 16.2 points, 40.4 field goal percent, 76.7 free-throw percent, and 5.8 rebounds per game.
The plan in Oklahoma did not pan out as expected and the organization is on the verge of reaching a decision to part ways with Anthony via a buyout or stretching if no viable trade offers are found on the market. The Thunder is facing a potential $310 million in payroll and luxury taxes next season if they hold on to the obligations of the former no.3 draft pick’s contract. Getting rid of Anthony’s financial burden would, however, save the organization an estimated $107 million and possibly the wrath of disenchanted fans who would like to see the Brooklyn native take his talents elsewhere.