Lakers Rumors: Carmelo Anthony's Conditioning, LA Roster Factor into Adding Star

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2019

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 02:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  The Rockets defeated the Nets 119-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Whenever Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the Houston Rockets comes to an end, the 10-time All-Star will have to work to convince the Los Angeles Lakers to add him. 

Per The Athletic's Sam Amick, one source close to LeBron James said Anthony's "conditioning and the overall state of his game" will be factored in before the Lakers decide to create a roster spot for him. 

The Lakers currently have a full roster, so they would need to cut someone to make room for Anthony. 

Amick did note Anthony has "multiple options" available and is expected to decide on a destination prior to the NBA's trade deadline on Feb. 7. 

The Lakers were connected to Anthony last month when The Athletic's Joe Vardon reported James wanted the team to add his friend. 

Anthony is currently stuck in limbo after the Rockets announced in November he wouldn't play for them anymore. The 34-year-old remains on the roster, but his last appearance came on Nov. 8 when he scored two points in a 98-80 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

For the season, Anthony has averaged 13.4 points and shot 40.5 percent in 10 games.


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