LeBron James has fueled speculation regarding Carmelo Anthony and a potential switch to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The four-time MVP has made no secret of his desire to have Anthony, a close personal friend, join him on the Lakers roster. And with things reportedly speeding up in Houston, as it relates to a trade for the exiled forward, James has set tongues wagging.
On Friday, The Athletic's Sam Amick and Joe Vardon reported that the Rockets pariah has multiple NBA options to choose from and will pick his destination ahead of the February 7 trade deadline. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has since claimed that the Rockets are looking to deal the player by Monday afternoon.
Amick listed Los Angeles as a potential landing spot for Anthony but also noted that the team would need to waive a player in order to get a deal across the line as they have a full roster.
“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," the report reads. "But according to a Lakers source, the fact that the roster is full is not a small obstacle.”
LeBron has said that he would love the opportunity to play with Melo if it ever presents itself. And the player has done a bit more to endorse the move by liking a photo of the former All-Star in a Lakers uniform on Instagram.
What This Means
Instagram likes aren't necessarily indicators of transfer business in the NBA. And, unless it's coming from Kevin Durant, social media activity isn't even taken all that seriously.
One thing's for sure, though. LeBron wants to play with Melo. Whether or not this happens is up to the powers that be in Los Angeles to decide. But the three-time champion does have some clout and we would do well to watch this space.