LeBron James would be open to the prospect of the Los Angeles Lakers adding veteran forward Carmelo Anthony to their roster this season.
The Athletic reported on Thursday that James still wants to play with his long-time friend, with the 34-year-old Anthony not playing in games for the Houston Rockets.
Anthony joined the Rockets in July but he can be traded to a new team starting on December 15 after the two sides parted ways.
The Athletic added James has not asked either Lakers team president Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka to acquire Anthony and does not plan to.
ESPN confirmed that no request had been made and said James does not intend to ask, but have not discounted that Anthony to the Lakers could happen if Johnson and Pelinka decide it is the right move.
The Athletic also reported that James thinks Anthony could contribute to improving the Lakers, who are 15-9 and in fifth place in the NBA’s Western Conference.
James apparently also wants Anthony’s career to end on a higher note than it did with the Rockets.
James, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul are all long-time friends, and James told Bleacher Report in 2016 that he hoped the four could play together before their careers were done.
He teamed up with Wade in Miami and Cleveland but he remains yet to be team-mates with Paul or Anthony.
“At least one, maybe one or two seasons – me, Melo, D-Wade, CP – we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that,” James told Bleacher Report.
“It would be pretty cool. I’ve definitely had thoughts about it.”