As Carmelo Anthony’s career flames out, his most powerful friend may be trying to give the exiled All-Star a safe place to land.
LeBron James is hoping the Lakers will go after the former Knicks star when he becomes eligible for a trade Dec. 15, a league source told The Athletic. James reportedly has not spoken to the Lakers or team president Magic Johnson, but his camp has made it clear a team-up with Anthony, who parted ways with the Rockets last month, would please The King.
It would not be the first time James has tried to resurrect a pal’s career.
Just last season James convinced the Cavaliers to bring Dwyane Wade aboard. After starting a few games, Wade asked to come off the bench. By February, Wade was sent to the Heat for a draft pick.
James, Wade, Anthony and the Rockets’ Chris Paul are longtime friends off the court, spending their vacations together and texting back and forth during the season.
Wade and Paul even stuck up for Anthony as he was being sent packing by Houston earlier this season.
“That’s like a brother to me,” Paul said. “I don’t know what’s being said or what not, but Melo’s been great, working hard every day. [He’s] a future Hall of Famer. That’s me saying that. That’s me knowing that.”
Wade added on Twitter: “Trying to make my guy [Carmelo Anthony] the fall guy huh!? Man y’all need to stop. That’s the easy way out instead of addressing what the real problem [is].”
The Rockets have not been much better since exiling Anthony. Heading into Thursday night, the Rockets had lost five of seven, all since announcing they were done with Anthony.
Anthony’s career has mostly been on life support since he left the Knicks in a trade to the Thunder two years ago.
While teaming up with Russell Westbrook and Paul George in Oklahoma City, Anthony endured a career-worst season for an underachieving team that entered the year with title hopes. Anthony’s dismal performance was a major factor in the Thunder’s disappointment, and he was gone after just one season.
Oklahoma City dealt Anthony to the Hawks, who bought him out, leaving Anthony free to join James Harden and his buddy Paul on the Rockets.
Now, James is looking to step forward and rescue Anthony, who averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with Houston this season.
At least one league source told The Athletic that James may want to reconsider that plan.
“Not really, no,” a league executive said when asked if Anthony has anything left. “If LeBron really wants him, it might not matter. Magic should fight him on it. I know I would.”
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