Report- LeBron James wants Carmelo Anthony to join the Lakers for one big reason | Other | Sport

LeBron James wants Carmelo Anthony to join the Lakers for one big reason | Other | Sport

That is according to NBA insider Joe Vardon. 

LeBron James’ Lakers have been plagued by injuries this season so a league veteran like Anthony would be welcomed by the three-time NBA champion. 

The big reason for James’ request is that Anthony could contribute massively to the Lakers’ project this season – and that ‘Melo’ can get started right away, with him being eligible for trading on December 15. 

A source close to the situation noted the mounting injury worries in Los Angeles. 

“LeBron James would like to get Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles with him on the Lakers,” Vardon said. 

“James and his camp still believe Anthony can play, that there could be a place for him as a contributor on a Lakers team that is young and continues to battle injuries. 

“Brandon Ingram is the latest casualty. His sprained left ankle will keep him for at least the next two games.”

Anthony has already been bounced around from team to team in the last couple of seasons. 


Since leaving the New York Knicks in 2017, the 34-year-old spent a season with the Oklahoma City Thunder before a dismal month with the Houston Rockets this season. 

James and Anthony are also said to be great friends, having both been drafted into the NBA in the same year back in 2003. James was pick number one while Anthony was chosen third. 

Vardon goes on to note Anthony’s ailing career as a reason his friend wants to play with him. 

“And, broadly speaking, James does not want to see Anthony’s career end, either with the Houston divorce or the 10-time All-Star playing out the string in this season in a market where he doesn’t want to be,” he added.

James’ Lakers have been on fine form as of late, racking up four consecutive wins and extending their record to 15-9, while the Rockets’ fortunes have massively deteriorated. 

The Texan team are 11-13 this season and look miles away from a play-off place at this point. 

Anthony’s short spell in Texas didn’t work out and joining the Lakers could be his path to a first NBA Championship – something that’s alluded him throughout his 15-year career in the league. 

If the former Denver Nuggets player is to join, James will want the deal wrapped up quickly – with that much anticipated Boxing day match-up with the Golden State Warriors fast approaching.