Lakers have no interest in signing Carmelo Anthony
It appears that a Banana Boat reunion in Hollywood isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly having no interest in signing All-Star veteran forward Carmelo Anthony this year, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
“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.”
According to Turner, the interest could be just a one-way street as Los Angeles’ front office is yet to commit any desire to acquire Anthony. The 34-year old combo forward had a forgettable ten-game stint with the Houston Rockets before the team decided to let go of his services.
The Athletic’s Joe Vardon recently wrote a column about rumors circulating that LeBron James wanted the Lakers to sign Anthony this season and it’s actually not surprising that LeBron is sounding off on the topic, as Carmelo is one of his closest friends in the league. Further, the team’s current lack of interest could be simply be the an effect of James not issuing formal request to the organization yet, as he did with teammate Tyson Chandler.
However, to be frank, Los Angeles isn’t desperate for Anthony’s services right now because scoring — Anthony’s primary talent — isn’t one of their issues. If there is a position that they want to fill, it would be the point guard insurance slot as veteran floor general Rajon Rondo is still recovering from a hand injury.