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Report: Lakers 'continue to be tied' to Carmelo Anthony

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 1/18/2019 Erik GarcĂ­a Gundersen
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The possibility of Carmelo Anthony joining his pal LeBron James on the cast of the Real Lakers of Los Angeles remains, well, possible.

The Athletic's Sam Amick reported on Friday that the Lakers are the team that is most connected to the exiled Rockets forward. But he also illustrated a couple of important realities that will ultimately make it difficult to add Anthony.

For starters, the Lakers don't have an open roster spot and especially after last night's win led by their younger players, don't expect any of those guys to get let go. Also, there are some internal concerns about Anthony's level of conditioning.

The Lakers, who have a full roster and would have to waive someone to sign him if he was waived, continue to be tied to Anthony more than any other team. But according to a Lakers source, the fact that the roster is full is not a small obstacle. Not only is it unclear how they would clear the roster spot to add Anthony, or if there's a possible trade to be made there with the Rockets, but a source close to James said Anthony's conditioning and the overall state of his game are considered key factors here in terms of convincing the Lakers to add the player who had the worst season of his career with the Thunder and wasn't any better with the Rockets.

Basically, the Lakers have their eye on Anthony but perhaps most definitively from this report, he has his eye on them. The Lakers do have other players, such as Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley, who aren't as tied to the team's long term vision that they could waive to make room for Anthony.

But whether the Lakers really believe Anthony is an upgrade to their roster is likely the biggest obstacle to James and Anthony playing together for the first time. Given the fact they've had almost three months to make a move on Anthony, the potential partnership remains in serious doubt.

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