Lakers, Carmelo Anthony "Pausing Talks" As LAL Playoff Hopes Diminish

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The Los Angeles Lakers and veteran free agent ahead Carmelo Anthony are reportedly "pausing talks" on contract negotiations except the struggling Lakers can enhance their playoff possibilities, based on ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj studies that the Lakers had been "leaning towards signing Anthony for the remainder of the season," however the transfer now appears uneccesary given the present state of the crew.

Los Angeles has dropped 4 of their final 5 video games, together with losses to the Pelicans, Grizzlies and Suns. Heading into Monday night time's pivotal matchup towards the Clippers, the Lakers are sitting at 30-33 for the season, which is four.5 video games again of the eighth seeded San Antonio Spurs.

According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, the Lakers now have only a zero.9% likelihood to make the playoffs.

Melo, 34, was waived by the Chicago Bulls on February 1, paving the way in which for the 10-time All Star to signal with a playoff contender of his selecting. However, nothing has materialized since then regardless of the quite a few Lakers rumors.

Anthony has not performed since November eight after the Houston Rockets introduced that they'd be moving into a unique path. In 10 video games with the Rockets this season, Melo averaged a pedestrian 13.four factors and 5.four rebounds in a career-low 29.four minutes per night time.