Carmelo Antony is interested in joining LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz.
Source close to Carmelo Anthony says the #Lakers are one of Melo’s preferred destinations, and that he’s high on chance to finally play with #LeBron. Keep in mind too, that Carmelo owns a house in LA.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 7, 2018
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will part ways this summer after spending just a single season together.
The Thunder acquired Anthony from the New York Knicks last September in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and Chicago’s 2018 second-round draft pick. Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game for the Thunder during the regular season – a number that dipped down to 11.8 during the postseason.
The move doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise considering the lack of on-floor fit between Anthony and the Thunder and the amount of money that the organization can save by parting ways with the veteran forward.
At his exit interview with the Thunder in April, Anthony spoke about his NBA future and it didn’t necessarily sound like he was satisfied with his role in Oklahoma City.
“I think for me, my focus would be on kind of figuring out what I want out of the rest of my career, what I want in my future, what am I willing to accept, if I’m willing to accept that at all,” Anthony said, via ESPN. “I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damned near everything, family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out. So it’s something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball.”
Anthony was willing to play out of position for the Thunder this season, as he spent a large chunk of his time playing power forward rather than small forward and he operated largely as a catch-and-shoot player rather than an isolation scorer, but he’s not so sure that he can be effective in that role moving forward.
“I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season,” Anthony said. “As far as being effective as that type of player, I don’t think I can be effective as that type of player. I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player.”
Anthony is heading into his 16th season in the league, and it looks like he will be suiting up for his fourth different team.