Skip to main content

LeBron Reportedly Tried To Get Carmelo Anthony But Was Told No

An extreme closeup of LeBron James' face.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

LeBron James is entering Year 2 with the Los Angeles Lakers and the roster around the three-time NBA champion, headlined by Anthony Davis, will be looking much different in 2019-20 than it did in 2018-19.

Los Angeles made several huge moves this offseason, highlighted by the trade for Davis, and the new-look Lakers are expected to contend for a championship.

Some believed these new-look Lakers would also feature Carmelo Anthony, who remains unsigned after getting released by Houston last season.

Many think that LeBron James can simply tell the Lakers to sign Anthony, a close friend, and his front office will make it happen. A former NBA veteran says that is far from the truth, though.

Kendrick Perkins says LeBron tried to get Anthony on his teams in the past - specifically in Cleveland - but was told no by his front offices. It's possible this happened with the Lakers, too.

"How do you know Bron haven’t went to the Lakers and told them to sign Melo? I’ve witnessed GMs Tell Bron no several times! Bron tried to get Melo in Cleveland and the Cavs told him no!" Perkins tweeted.

Anthony is back in NBA headlines after former college basketball star Royce White went off on the topic.

“All of us here that played the game at the highest level know how good Melo is, and we know that there’s no way that the Lakers would go out and sign Jared Dudley and not sign Carmelo Anthony,” White, a Big3 player, told Fanatics View. “And another question is, while a guy like LeBron is walking around here like he’s the face and voice of the players, how is he letting his banana-boat brother hang out there in the wings? And they go sign Jared Dudley and not Carmelo? If anybody watching this thinks that Jared Dudley can hold Carmelo’s jockstrap, I’ll slap him.”

Anthony, 35, is a 10-time All-Star, but it seems like his career in the NBA could be over.