While we’re all having a hardy chuckle over a recent report that the Los Angeles Lakers are planing on trying to team up LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, it appears such an idea isn’t all the impossible to imagine — sort of.
Los Angeles pairing the duo is laughably unfathomable but the idea of the two teaming up at some point in their careers apparently isn’t as it seems LeBron James is interested in such a thing happening. According to a report from USA Today, James may entertain the idea of playing with Carmelo Anthony, although only eventually so.
Yet according to two people with knowledge of the situation, Anthony’s part in this fluid free agency situation is worth monitoring as James is known to be interested in eventually playing with his close friend. Anthony also has a player option on his deal for next season (worth $23.5 million), and his connection to James has teams like the Lakers, Knicks and even the Heat wondering whether he may be able to join the four-time NBA MVP.
Now, before anyone goes and gets crazy about this report, let’s look at hte facts here. James is not leaving Miami this offseason and Carmelo Anthony likely isn’t leaving New York. But if they both opt in for one more year, they could hit free agency at the same time again next season and the Heat might be in a better position to sign Melo and James together.
Of course, very few teams in the NBA could pair James and Melo and the two playing together will likely never happen unless it’s in Rio in 2016. Still, it’s something to consider and it could end up happening at some point down the road.