L.A. Lakers Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers Misses the Point

The Los Angeles Lakers have very publicly said that they have no interest in trading for Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, but after their recent three-game swoon to end a seven-game road trip, you have to wonder.

The good feelings garnered from the 4-0 start to the road trip seem like a distant memory compared to the stark reality of a blowout loss to the Charlotte Bobcats and a 104-99 loss to the NBA-worst Cleveland Cavaliers.

General manager Mitch Kupchak recently said he was disappointed in the Lakers' performance during the past month and I can only imagine how he feels now.

Desperation often fosters a false sense of urgency and the two-time defending NBA champions have never looked more desperate.

The Lakers have displayed little passion, limited focus and even worse, in games against Orlando and Charlotte they seemed resigned to their losing fate.

Los Angeles does not have the look or feel of a team chasing its third consecutive championship and furthermore, their prime competitors have seemingly distanced themselves as more probable contenders.

The San Antonio Spurs are ahead of the Lakers in the West standings and in their two contests this season, the Spurs justified their position with victories.

The Lakers were blown out against the star-studded Miami Heat team on Christmas, and judging by their recent play, the split the Lakers earned against Boston seems to be an anomaly.

It's possible that due to circumstances, Kupchak might be a little more receptive to the idea of adding Anthony to the roster in an effort to save the Lakers' season, but would he really help the situation?

Not unless Anthony switches to point guard.

The common thread in the Lakers' three-game losing streak and the majority of the regular season has been the horrible play of point guards Derek Fisher and Steve Blake.

In those three losses,...

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