Report: Lakers have 'no interest' in acquiring Carmelo Anthony

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3706/" data-ylk="slk:Carmelo Anthony">Carmelo Anthony</a> is in search of a new team and L.A. took itself out of any contention. (AP)
Carmelo Anthony is in search of a new team and L.A. took itself out of any contention. (AP)

Though LeBron James may want his friend Carmelo Anthony next to him on the court at Staples Center, his employer does not.

The Los Angeles Lakers have “no interest” in signing Anthony, who “parted ways” with the Houston Rockets 10 games into the season. Anthony is still on the Rockets payroll at a league-minimum $2.4 million and can’t be traded until Dec. 15.

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Flames were stoked Thursday when The Athletic reported James would be interested in Anthony going west to L.A., where James moved during the offseason.

Report: James wants Anthony in L.A.

James and Anthony are part of the “Banana Boat” crew with Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul. The 2003 draftees go on vacations together as well as make joint statements for social justice.

The Athletic published a report Thursday that according to sources James still believes Anthony can play and that he didn’t want to see the 34-year-old star’s career end on this latest sour note with Houston.

The Athletic reported that no request had been made by James to the Lakers front office, “nor would there be.”

Report: Lakers don’t want Anthony in L.A.

The Lakers have “no interest” in acquiring Anthony, per a tweet by the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner early Friday afternoon.

According to Turner’s sources, James has not talked to the front office about signing his friend. Turner also revealed that Anthony’s representatives called the Lakers to gauge any interest.

Anthony and Paul have played together, as have Wade and James two separate times. They reached the Finals all four seasons they played together in Miami, winning two titles.

After James returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he brought Wade there in September 2017. Wade was traded back to the Miami Heat five months later.

As for people wanting to “attach players to the Lakers now,” that’s what happens when you sign a GOAT. As we saw with Wade and James in Cleveland.

Wherever a star player goes in this modern NBA, rumors follow about whom else will join him to create a superteam. Plenty of players would want to play with James, even if Kevin Durant thinks that’s more a product of “fanboys in the media.”

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