Carmelo Anthony could be about to swap one banana boat buddy with another.
After things didn’t work out with Chris Paul’s Rockets, Melo is receiving interest from his old pal LeBron James, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.
Under league rules Anthony can’t be traded until December 15, but LeBron believes Melo can still play and has something to offer in Los Angeles.
James has not asked Lakers president Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka to make a deal for his old friend, according to The Athletic.
But the report also states LeBron does not want to see Anthony’s career end with his premature Houston divorce, or playing somewhere he doesn’t want to be.
The bond between that banana boat crew is famously strong and James has previously made no secret of his desire to play with those guys.
“At least one, maybe one or two seasons — me, Melo, D-Wade, CP — we can get a year in,” James told Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck in 2016.
“I would actually take a pay cut to do that. It would be pretty cool. I’ve definitely had thoughts about it.”
LeBron has already played with Wade, and if this latest news is any indication, he might just add Melo to that list.