Lakers reportedly remain 'real possibility' to sign Carmelo Anthony

Ross Houston
February 4, 2019

On Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired a protected 2020 second-round pick from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash considerations.

The Bulls acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Rockets.

Three-time Olympic champion Carmelo Anthony was released Friday by the Chicago Bulls, setting the stage for him to become a free agent after leaving his fourth National Basketball Association club in seven months. He is expected to clear waivers and will reportedly seek a new home after the trade deadline on February 7.

According to ESPN, the Lakers remain "a real possibility" as Anthony's next destination to join long-time pal LeBron James. They could sign him beyond the trade deadline and would need to have him on the roster by March 1, the NBA's playoff eligibility waiver deadline.

Anthony, who signed a one-year, $2.4 million minimum deal prior to the season, has not played since November 8 and appeared in only 10 games with Houston. The Bulls had acquired Anthony on January 22 from the Rockets in a trade that similarly provided Houston luxury tax relief. He has not played since November 8. The last two seasons haven't been as nice, as his playing time went down a year ago when the Sixers began to win, and he was ironically dealt to Oklahoma City in the three-team Carmelo Anthony deal involving the Atlanta Hawks. While Anthony was technically on the team's roster the past week, he did not appear in any games for the Bulls.

Anthony, 34, has not played since November 8 after the Houston Rockets announced that they'd be parting ways with the 16-year veteran.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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