LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony (and Chris Paul) said they talked frequently about winning another Olympic gold medal together. LeBron and Anthony both said they’d take a pay cut to play with each other (and Paul and Dwyane Wade). In 2014, Anthony reportedly tried to join LeBron on the Heat or get LeBron to join him on the Knicks.
But none of it came to fruition.
LeBron skipped the 2016 Olympics. He also left Miami for the Cavaliers in 2014, and Anthony returned to New York. Again a free agent the last two years, LeBron re-signed with Cleveland.
What about a LeBron and Anthony teaming up on the Cavs?
LeBron, via Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com:
“We have a lot of conversations,” James said Tuesday of his relationship with Anthony.
Did any of those talks center on Anthony coming to Cleveland?
“Maybe. Maybe not,” James said.
Anthony can’t opt out until 2018, so he’s not signing in Cleveland anytime soon. Plus, the Cavs will likely still be capped out then.
Anthony holds a no-trade clause, which allows him to dictate when and where the Knicks deal him. Would he be open to Cleveland? A trade based around Anthony and Love makes at least a little sense.
It just goes with the territory of being LeBron’s teammate.