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Report: NBA executives think Lakers are most likely destinations for Carmelo Anthony



The Los Angeles Lakers have LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and the rest of a roster to fill out once the team is done throwing overboard that's not nailed down in the name of cap space.

One of those spots could be reserved for a big-name free agent. Some more could be filled out by old teammates of James' like Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith.

Carmelo Anthony has a chance for the Lakers?

Carmelo Anthony just finished a season in which he lost less than a month to the Houston Rockets part ways, then traded to the Chicago Bulls where he was soon waived. A free agent in February, he never found another team.

The 35-year-old averaged 13.4 points per game on 40.5 percent shooting in just 10 games last season. He had some interest from the Lakers when he was a free agent later in the season, but he was away from the playoffs.

According to Ian Begley of SNY, the consensus among NBA executives is that Anthony wants to be suiting up alongside James next season:

Let's Anthony's free agency see the Lakers as the most likely destination for the 10-time All Star.

Assuming the Lakers Anthony is well-known as one of James's best friends in the league,

Anthony is well-known as one of James's best friends in the league, Carmelo Anthony through his career

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 12: Carmelo Anthony # 7 of t New York Knicks looks at the Philadelphia 76ers on October 12, 2015 at Madison Square Garden New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees, by downloading and using this Photographer, Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE

NEW ORLEANS – APRIL 4: Carmelo Anthony # 15 smiles during the Syracuse Orangemen practice for their Final Four game of the NCAA Tournament on April 4, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Craig Jones / Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS – APRIL 7: Carmelo Anthony # 15 of Syracuse celebrates with Hakim Warrick # 1 and other teammates defeating Kansas 81-78 during the NCAA championship Men's Final Four Tournament on April 7, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anthony was named the tournaments most outstanding player. (Photo by Craig Jones / Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JUNE 26: (RL) LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony gets some laughs prior to the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees, by downloading and / or using this photographer, and is hereby granted permission to use the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant / via NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JUNE 26: Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse gets selected # 3 overall in the first round by Denver Nuggets shakes hands with NBA commissioner David Stern during the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees, by downloading and / or using this photographer, and is hereby granted permission to use the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBAE via Getty Images)

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DENVER CO., JUNE 27, 2003 – Denver Nuggets General Manager KiKi Vandeweghe left, hands the Nuggets uniform to Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse University with Denver Nuggets first pick (third overall) in NBA Draft 2003 at Pepsi Center on Friday afternoon. (THE DENVER POST PHOTO BY HYOUNG CHANG) (Photo By Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post via Getty Images)

            

Carmelo Anthony, winner of Best Male College Athlete (Photo by SGranitz / WireImage for ESPN)

            

Carmelo Anthony of the U. S. Olympic team celebrates at the head of Larry Brown during her practice game against New Zealand, in Jacksonville, Florida July 30, 2004. The U.S. team wants to play Puerto Rico on July 31 at Jacksonville in the summer Olympics in Athens. REUTERS / Tami Chappell TLC / GN

            

Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets (L) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk during the 2005 NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge game in Denver February 18, 2005. Both players were playing on the sophomore team in the game. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson RTW

            

Denver Nuggets guard Carmelo Anthony (15) drives to the hoop to score 2 of his career high 42 points, leading his team to a 101-85 win against the Charlotte Bobcats at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, December 13, 2005. REUTERS / Robert Padgett

            

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets listens to his headphones at the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2006 in New York, New York. The Nuggets won 123-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees, by downloading and using this Photographer, Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman / NBAE via Getty Images)

            

DENVER – DECEMBER 26: Carmelo Anthony # 15 of the Denver Nuggets gives a thumbs up against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26, 2007 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and / or using this Photographer, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood / NBAE / Getty Images)

            

Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson (L) celebrates in the closing seconds with teammate Carmelo Anthony as they defeated the Phoenix suns in the NBA basketball game in Denver, Colorado April 1, 2008. REUTERS / Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES) [19659019]

            

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (L) chats up Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony (R) in Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, April 23, 2008. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)

            

(LR) Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony joke during USA's basketball team training for the Beijing Olympics, in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28, 2008. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW )

            

Carmelo Anthony (L), Dwight Howard (C), and Kobe Bryant of the U.S. Olympic Games on August 10, 2008. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson (CHINA)

            

Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd (L) and Dirk Nowitzki during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoffs at Denver May 13, 2009. REUTERS / Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)

            

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 19, 2009. REUTERS / Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES SPORTS BASKETBALL)

            

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (R) arrives in Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the second quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals basketball game at Denver May 29, 2009. REUTERS / Mark Leffingwell (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)

            

(LR) New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony poses with teammates Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups at a news conference Anthony and Billups as the new members of the Knicks, after being caught by the Denver Nuggets in a trade, at Madison Square Garden in New York February 23, 2011. REUTERS / Mike Segar (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORTS BASKETBALL)

            

East All Star Amare Stoudamire (L) of the New York Knicks and West Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets looks for a rebound during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles, February 20, 2011. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

            

New York Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire (R) share a laugh on the bench in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at New York's Madison Square Garden, March 7, 2011. REUTERS / Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

            

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after he made a three-point shot against the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at New York's Madison Square Garden March 28, 2011. REUTERS / Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

            

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony at the Madison Square Garden, New York, May 5, 2009 2013. REUTERS / Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

            

NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony poses at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports 2014 award show in Los Angeles July 17, 2014. REUTERS / Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORTS BASKETBALL)

            

Nov 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a three point basket against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

            

2016 Rio Olympics – Basketball – Final – Men's Gold Medal Game Serbia v USA – Carioca Arena 1 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 21/8/2016. Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski (USA) of the US congratulates Carmelo Anthony (USA) of the United States during the latter part of the game. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

            

2016 Rio Olympics – Basketball – Final – Men's Victory Ceremony – Carioca Arena 1 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 21/8/2016. Carmelo Anthony (USA) poses with fans. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 10: Carmelo Anthony # 7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks at the Denver Nuggets on October 10, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and / or using this Photographer, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood / NBAE via Getty Images)

            

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – OCTOBER 8: Carmelo Anthony # 7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches the action against Melbourne during the first half of a NBA preseason game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on October 8, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma , NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees, by downloading and using this Photographer, Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter / Getty Images)

            

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – DECEMBER 23: Carmelo Anthony # 7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder controls the Utah Jazz at the Vivald Smart Home Arena on December 23, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees, by downloading and using this Photographer, Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Getty Images)

            

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – APRIL 25: Russell Westbrook # 0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony # 7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watch the game clock during the second half of game 5 of the Western Conference playoff against the Utah Jazz at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees, by downloading and using this Photographer, Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter / Getty Images)

            

Houston Rocket's forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

            

FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Houston Rocket's forward Carmelo Anthony reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. The Rockets won 119-111. The addition of Anthony to the Rockets' roster produced more thorns than fruit and now he is out. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer, File)




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Anthony 'would have interest' in Knicks return

Begley thus reported that Anthony is interested in signing with the New York Knicks and finishing his career there, as the future has indicated in the past. However, the feeling may not be mutual at this point:

New York in a reunion with Anthony if they had a roster of multiple stars ready to win immediately. But with Durant injured and the odds against the Knicks building, this is not the moment of the team's thinking.

Again, that may be irrelevant because of the Lakers' interest. But Anthony has had interest in signing with the Knicks and finishing his career in New York.

We'll see if any other teams come out of the woodwork for Anthony on presumably a veteran's minimum contract.


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