Lakers Rumors: Execs See Carmelo Anthony Joining LeBron James, Anthony Davis

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets wait for and inbound at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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NBA executives reportedly believe the Los Angeles Lakers are the “most likely destination” for free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony.

On Tuesday, Ian Begley of SNY.tv reported Anthony showed “interest” in rejoining the New York Knicks, but that possibility faded when free-agent target Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury. With the Knicks’ immediate future now less certain, joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis in L.A. is the top potential spot for Melo.

Anthony’s NBA future hinges on his willingness to accept a lesser role and then finding a way to excel without playing 30-plus minutes per night.

In April 2018, he shot down the idea of coming off the bench, a stance that ultimately led to his trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I’m not sacrificing no bench role,” he told reporters at the time. “So that’s out of the question.”

The 10-time All-Star selection received limited interest after taking a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks last summer. He eventually accepted a one-year contract from the Houston Rockets.

Anthony made just 10 appearances for the team and struggled while mostly coming off the b

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