Just 10 games into the 2018-19 NBA season, Carmelo Anthony parted ways with the Houston Rockets and was eventually traded to the Chicago Bulls.
While Anthony did not suit up for the Bulls, they did not immediately waive him to see what would transpire closer to the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline. As the Bulls traded for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Oklahoma City Thunder, they finally waived Anthony to create a roster spot.
With the 34-year-old expected to clear waivers and free to sign with any team in his 16th season, there have been conflicting reports about where he could land considering his brief stints with the Thunder and Rockets.
The Lakers remain a possibility to sign Anthony, but that wouldn’t happen until they use their current roster to exhaust trade deadline efforts to acquire New Orleans star Anthony Davis. The Lakers would need to create an open roster spot to sign Anthony, who is a favorite of LeBron James‘.
Up to this point of the season, LeBron James has been vocal about wanting to play with his friend on multiple occasions. However, the Lakers have a full roster since signing Tyson Chandler and have been resistant to waiving a player.
If the Lakers are successful in trading for Davis, they will likely have a roster spot available for Anthony. In one of five trade proposals by the Lakers, they are offering Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and a first round draft pick.
With the Feb. 7 deadline quickly approaching, James may ultimately get his wish of playing with Davis and Anthony in Los Angeles.