The Lakers and Carmelo Anthony are too sad for each other

Patrick Beverley Clippers

Patrick Beverley Clippers

Carmelo Anthony is still waiting for a new team, and it doesn't appear that team will be the Lakers.

That discussion will only get louder after this weekend, where the Lakers lost to the lowly Phoenix Suns to push their playoff hopes from unlikely to almost impossible, and where the Celtics lost to the Houston Rockets to give them five losses in the past six games. He put up 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 58.0 percent from the field.

The four-time MVP missed 18 games, with Los Angeles winning just six times during that stretch. The under is 34-16-1 in Lakers last 51 home games. They hit rock bottom in their last game, losing to the Phoenix Suns who have the worst record in the National Basketball Association. They've suffered some ugly losses this past week to inferior opponents like Grizzlies and Suns - games they desperately needed - as well as a crunch-time meltdown to the Pelicans on Friday night.

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Los Angeles had been considering signing the 10-time All-Star, but according to ESPN, the team and Anthony don't think it makes sense to add a veteran like him if it wasn't in the playoff race. They will need to play well in the final two months and avoid losses to teams like Phoenix if they want to end their playoff drought.

Although the Lakers were just 61-103 in Walton's first two seasons at the helm, the acquisition of LeBron James this summer brought heightened expectations. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

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