The Lakers are the most likely landing spot for Anthony this summer, Ian Begley of SNY reports. The veteran's market dried up after he parted ways with the Rockets last season, but with the Lakers likely to be in dire need of cheap roster additions, Anthony makes some sense -- especially given his close connection to LeBron James. Still, it's tough to envision the 10-time All-Star being overly effective after he failed to adapt to lesser roles in Houston and Oklahoma City. Over the last two seasons (88 games) combined, Anthony has averaged 15.9 points on just 40.4 percent shooting, while struggling to an even larger degree on the defensive end.
Anthony and his representatives have paused talks on a possible contract with the Lakers unless the franchise makes progress in its pursuit of a playoff spot in the near future, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. After having his contract bought out by the Bulls on Feb. 1, Anthony, a close friend of LeBron James, was believed to be eyeing Los Angeles for the next stop of his career. However, with the Lakers having lost four of their past five games to drop to 10th in the Western Conference standings and 4.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Spurs, the prospect of joining a team in turmoil no longer seems appealing to Anthony. The 34-year-old may still draw interest from other teams in better position for the postseason, but Anthony probably wouldn't be guaranteed a sizable role no matter where he lands.
Anthony was waived by the Bulls on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. This was reportedly the plan all along, as Anthony will now become a free agent assuming he clears waivers. There hasn't been much talk around the league regarding teams that have a legitimate interest in the veteran, but it would be very surprising if there wasn't one team willing to take a risk on Anthony despite his recent struggles.
Anthony, who was traded to the Bulls on Monday, won't appear in any games with the team and is expected to be moved again prior to the Feb. 7 deadline, Adrian Wonjarowski of ESPN reports. As the dust settles, it looks as though Chicago simply did the deal as a quick cash grab and has no interest in keeping Anthony beyond the deadline. The Bulls could waive the veteran, Wojnarowski indicates that it may be to their benefit to wait until next month to try to find a trade partner who might be willing to fork over some sort of asset. Anthony's contract can't be aggregated in a multi-player deal, but the Bulls could trade him in a one-for-one situation.
Anthony was traded from the Rockets to the Bulls on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. According to Wojnarowski, Anthony isn't expected to play a game for the Bulls, as the veteran will be released and head to free agency if he ends up clearing waivers. Anthony owns averages of 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds through 10 appearances this season.
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