Lebron James seems to be opening up about Carmelo Anthony joining Lakers

Last month in Orlando, LeBron said it wasn’t a question for him if Carmelo Anthony should join the Lakers. Tonight, he said he would love if the opportunity presents itself, and “obviously there’s some things that need to be worked out on both sides.”

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and their wives had dinner together in New York City Monday night ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers’ game with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, per TMZ Sports.

The 34-year-old is technically still a member of the Houston Rockets, but he only played 10 games this season before the two sides gave up. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported in November that he won’t rejoin the team.

There have been mixed reports about the Lakers’ interest in uniting the longtime friends. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month the Lakers have no interest in Anthony. The Athletic reported James wants his buddy on the team, and if that’s what the NBA’s best player wants, that’s what he’ll likely get.

Maybe it was a dinner. Maybe it was an appetizer for what’s to come.

Here’s the video of LeBron’s quote from last month. Note the difference in tone. “We don’t even have a roster spot right now.”

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