Lakers Continue To Be "Tied" With Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony is expected to pick a team before the February 7th trade deadline. 

According to Sam Amick of the Athletic, the Lakers at this moment are the most connected team to Carmelo Anthony but could have some obstacles to acquire him. 

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.

Anthony currently is still on the Houston Rockets roster and it’s possible they could insist on a trade rather than just waving him or buying him out. About a month ago, LeBron James made it public that he is open to the idea of bringing Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers. It will be very interesting to see if the Rockets will choose to keep him, do a buyout, or trade him. 

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