The 10-time NBA All-Star has been linked to the Lakers, but according to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources, the two parties have "paused" talks on a possible deal unless the team "makes a turn back toward pursuit of Western Conference playoffs contention".
According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, the Lakers' chance of a playoff berth is less than 1 percent.
The Lakers had been leaning towards signing Anthony for the remainder of the season until losing four out of five games.
But some tough losses to the Suns, the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks and the Memphis Grizzlies in recent weeks, means that the Lakers sit in 10th place in the Western Conference with a record of 30-33. He adds Anthony's camp is now unsure if joining a team with little chance of making the postseason makes sense, while the Lakers may be better served giving playing time to younger players. He last played on November 8 and was bought out by the Bulls on February 1 following a trade. He was eventually shipped to the Chicago Bulls on January 22.
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets wait for an inbound at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. In 10 games with the Rockets this season, Melo averaged a pedestrian 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in a career-low 29.4 minutes per night.