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The Lakers will face the Spurs in San Antonio on Friday.

In a Bleacher Report piece trying to understand if and why fellow stars are shying away from playing alongside LeBron James, Durant offered enlightening answers not only about James, but perhaps his own priorities.

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets shakes hands with his good friend LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers after the Lakers' home opener against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Brandon Ingram is the latest casualty. When he left the Thunder for the Warriors in 2016, it was considered a surprise by some and opened him up to new levels of criticism, while also putting him on the path to two NBA Finals MVPs and back-to-back titles.

Though LeBron James may want his friend Carmelo Anthony next to him on the court at Staples Center, his employer does not.

3rd team enters Bucks’ trade with Cavs, sending Sam Dekker to Wizards
Dekker's short stint in Cleveland ends after nine games, where he averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contest. The Australian had been buried on Milwaukee's bench and is averaging just 1.7 points and 2.4 assists in 12 games.

Anthony's play was inconsistent through his first 20 games, but he still managed to have a 28-point performance during a road win against the Brooklyn Nets on November 2 and back-to-back 24- and 22-point games in late October losses against the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz.

"I don't think KD's going there", Broussard said during an appearance on the FOX Sports program Undisputed. That's not a question to ask me. L.A. would need to clear a roster spot in order to sign Anthony or any other player. I'm like, we're playing basketball here, and it's not even about basketball at certain points. He can't be traded until at least December 15, and sources said there had been no request made by James to Lakers president Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka to make a deal for his friend.

It is unclear what Carmelo's role would look like in a Lakers uniform, but for a team desperate to add more shooting and veteran experience, he could provide added depth and serve as a mentor for the younger players.