Talks of Bringing Carmelo Anthony to Lakers Have Been Put on Hold

Tanya Simon
March 5, 2019

Coming off a devastating road loss to the abysmal Phoenix Suns, and with their playoff odds sitting at just 1.1 percent per ESPN's BPI, the Los Angeles Lakers are "pausing" contract talks with Carmelo Anthony, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Before the 2018-19 season, Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million minimum deal to team up with James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston.

It was expected, that with the addition of LeBron James last summer, the Lakers would make a strong playoff run this season.

Wojnarowski said both sides are pondering whether it makes sense to add Anthony to a team with dwindling chances to make the playoffs.

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The Lakers, who have lost four of their last five games to fall three games under.500, trail the Spurs by 4.5 games for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Anthony, 34, spent the entire 2017-18 season with the Thunder after being traded by the Knicks for Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and Chicago's 2018 second-round draft pick. He was dealt to the Bulls on Jan 22 and waived on February 1 to become a free agent. Over the course of his career, Anthony has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Many expected veteran forward Carmelo Anthony to ultimately end up on the Los Angeles Lakers following his departure from the Houston Rockets earlier this season, but Anthony may have to look elsewhere in order to continue his National Basketball Association career.

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