LeBron James responds to Carmelo Anthony rumors: ‘That’s not a question to ask me.’ – Redlands Daily Facts

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets shakes hands with his good friend LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers after the Lakers’ home opener against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 124-115. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ORLANDO — Even for the NBA, the player movement that’s already happened this season has been a bit surprising. And with one big-name free agent on the open market, there’s a lot of speculation if he’ll come to the Lakers.

The most compelling case? It’s Carmelo Anthony, one of LeBron James’ best friends in the league.

But after a 130-115 loss to the Orlando Magic, James wasn’t about to entertain discussion about Anthony joining the Lakers, especially given that the team has a full roster.

“I have no idea, to be honest,” James said. “That’s not a question to ask me. Right now we have 15 roster spots, right? We don’t even have a roster spot open right now. But that’s not a question for myself.”

The exchange was sparked by swirling rumors about Anthony, who was waived by the Houston Rocket on Thursday just 13 games into the season. A 12-time All-Star, Anthony averaged 13.5 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent in 10 games for Houston. He landed there after a yearlong tenure at Oklahoma City, where his massive contract and iffy fit drove the front office to buy him out before this season.

Anthony was drafted in the same year as James, and through Team USA and other experiences, the two have become close, often vacationing together in the offseason. But a recent ESPN report cast doubt on the Lakers’ interest, and the team didn’t give Anthony a look in the offseason after the Thunder bought him out.

Caruso flies in, ready if needed

With Rajon Rondo on the shelf for four-to-five weeks following hand surgery, the Lakers have turned to Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson and even Svi Mykhailiuk as potential playmakers in the second unit.

But they also called up two-way player Alex Caruso, who so far has spent his time with the G League affiliate South Bay Lakers. After a G League game on Friday night in El Segundo, the second-year player caught a redeye flight to Orlando out of LAX to join the Lakers Saturday morning. At this point, it’s typical travel for the former Texas A&M Aggie.

“Last year I would come in during a middle of a road trip or in the middle of a homestand and I wasn’t prepared,” Caruso acknowledged. “For me now, it’s pretty easy. Gotta get ready to go do what I gotta do.”

The Lakers are hoping that Rondo will be medically cleared to join the team on the road trip as well. Coach Luke Walton offered that he could be coming to Miami following his successful surgery on Thursday evening.

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