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

Carmelo Anthony's time with the Houston Rockets ended after 10 games. He last played Nov. 8. More

Carmelo Anthony's time with the Houston Rockets ended after 10 games. He last played Nov. 8. More

Coming off a devastating road loss to the abysmal Phoenix Suns, and with their playoff odds sitting at just 1.1 percent per ESPN's BPI, the Los Angeles Lakers are "pausing" contract talks with Carmelo Anthony, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. However, nothing has materialized since then despite the numerous Lakers rumors.

The Lakers had been considering signing the 34-year-old Anthony, but four losses in the past five games have pushed them to 10th place in the Western Conference, 4.5 games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot with 19 to play. They are 4 1/2 games behind the No. 8-seeded San Antonio Spurs and have one of the most hard schedules remaining in the West.

The Lakers also have considered signing a center to bolster its frontcourt, league sources said.

With the Los Angeles Lakers falling further out of playoff contention, the team's pursuit of free agent Carmelo Anthony has reportedly hit the brakes.

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"Lakers had waited to see who could be available for them in buyout market".

Anthony averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets. Anthony was traded to the Chicago Bulls in January, but was waived on February 1.

While it may have made sense earlier in the season, at this point in time it is quite possible that the addition of Anthony would cause more problems for the Lakers than it would fix. He has not played since November 8. The Bulls, technically, were Anthony's fourth franchise in seven months.

He has averaged 24 points a game in his 15 National Basketball Association seasons.

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