The Los Angeles Lakers failed to trade for Anthony Davis, but they still managed to improve their roster during the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline.
The Lakers managed to trade for Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala, two shooters who should greatly improve the team’s spacing. Los Angeles has largely struggled to hit from that range, but Bullock and Muscala should find rotational minutes as soon as they are eligible to play given their skillsets.
However, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka still have an opportunity to improve the team as there are several players who should be available in the buyout market. After trading Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Clippers, they have one roster spot available.
Carmelo Anthony is a possible addition for the Lakers, but not an inevitability a team source tells ESPN. LAL will monitor the buyout market and will also consider a piece that could fortify their depth at PG or C, two positions they’ve been hit with injuries this season
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 7, 2019
Anthony, who was traded to the Chicago Bulls and eventually waived, has played sparingly during the 2018-2019 NBA season after 10 games with the Houston Rockets. The 34-year-old could be a decent addition to the Lakers as he could provide a scoring punch off the bench and provide the team with an end-of-the-clock option.
However, Anthony may not be the best fit as the Lakers could use more rangy options to defend opposing perimeter players. Also, with the additions of Bullock and Muscala, the Lakers seem set with their shooting options.
Regardless, Anthony will remain in strong consideration for the Lakers given his relationship with LeBron James. It will be interesting to see if he does end up donning the purple and gold this season.