The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in signing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony should they elect to exercise the early termination options in their respective contracts and become free agents in the summer of 2014. Rumors of LeBron and Melo heading west to team up with Kobe Bryant aren't anything new, and they aren't anything especially feasible or likely, but combining the names "LeBron," "Kobe," "Melo" and "Lakers" makes for the kind of empty-calories conversation people enjoy having regardless of practicality or odds, which is how we wind up with a TMZ cameraman walking down the New York Knicks All-Star outside a Hollywood restaurant for an Earth-shattering "meh."

"I know the upcoming season is coming up — can you see yourself in a purple and gold outfit?" the paparazzo asked, wonderfully.

"Uh, I doubt it," Anthony answered. "It's not a outfit, though."

Melo then fed the beast by noting that he does, however, own a pair of purple and gold Jordans.

"I'm reading between the lines, dude," the TMZ guy continued. "I think I'm going to see you in one soon."

"I don't think you should read between the lines," Anthony replied. "I don't think you should do that. It's not good to read between the lines."

Yeah, that ought to stop basically the entire basketball world from speculating, circulating rumors and spreading wishful thinking about a LeBron-Melo-Kobe team-up that would require an incredibly improbable feat of personnel management/salary cap gymnastics.

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