LeBron James insisted the possibility of Carmelo Anthony joining the Lakers is not his call as he lamented the loss of Rajon Rondo after his team fell to the Magic on Saturday.
Anthony is seeking a new team after the Rockets announced they were parting ways with the 10-time All Star following a disappointing 10-game run with them.
The 34-year-old is a good friend of James, with the two having both entered the NBA in 2003, and their relationship has led to suggestions Anthony could be a target for the Lakers.
However, James deferred a question on the matter to Los Angeles’ front office.
“I have no idea, to be honest,” he told reporters.
“We don’t even have a roster spot open right now so that’s not a question for myself.”
The Lakers’ four-game winning streak came to an end on the road against the Magic as Orlando claimed a 130-117 victory, with James sitting out the entire fourth quarter, having logged 22 points in 26 minutes.
Los Angeles was already without another veteran as Rondo broke his hand earlier in the week in a win over the Trail Blazers.
Asked where the Lakers missed Rondo, James replied: “In our second line-up.
“We’ve had such a great rhythm as far as our rotation and then we lose that. Right away guys are put into different positions that we haven’t been in last five or six games.
“After the first quarter we were pretty bad defensively. We had a lot of breakdowns, which is uncharacteristic of us as of late.”
Los Angeles (8-7) will look to get back on track on Sunday against the Heat (6-9), with James once again returning to the team he won two NBA titles with earlier this decade.
“It seems so long ago,” said James, who left Miami to return to the Cavaliers in 2014.
“The [championship] banners still hang and the memories are still there.”