LeBron James might want his buddy Carmelo Anthony on the Los Angeles Lakers. But it turns out that the feeling is not mutual. Per Brad Turner of the L.A. Times, the team has absolutely no interest in acquiring him. His tweet goes into a little more detail than that, however. And the details themselves are quite interesting.
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.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) December 7, 2018
Look, it’s easy to connect LeBron and Melo. After all, they’re great friends! The very best of friends, in fact. But Melo on the Lakers just doesn’t fit. And no, it’s not because we’re looking at Houston’s poor start. The Rockets would exile Anthony rather quickly this season. And yet, the team hasn’t gotten any better. They’ve seen an improve on offense thanks to James Harden. Their defense, though, has somehow gotten worse.
And it’s crucial to note that James isn’t trying to talk the organization into signing someone they don’t want to sign. Friendships aside, that simply wouldn’t be a smart way to go about things. Plus, why should they change what’s working now? For starters, the Lakers are off to a 15-9 start out West. Despite sitting in fifth, they’ve won four in a row and are just two games out of first. Not to mention, James isn’t slowing down in what is now his 16th season in the league.
So again, don’t shake things up. There’s simply no reason to.