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You played with Carmelo Anthony in Denver and New York. He recently sat down with Stephen A. Smith and talked about how he still loves the game and wants to play in the NBA again. How was Carmelo as a teammate and do you think he can still help an NBA team? Kenyon Martin: My experience with Melo was cool because I understand Melo. I understand basketball, I understand people and I understand situations, so my with Melo experience was fine. Can he still help an NBA team? Of course. It’s unfortunate that he’s in the situation that he’s in. Him sitting down with Stephen A. Smith? Oh well, it is what it is. I wouldn’t have done it, but it is what it is. He definitely deserves a spot in the NBA. I do think “farewell tours” are f*cking overrated. He wants to play the game of basketball. That’s what it should be about.
Anthony said he reached out to the Lakers about playing for them next season. “Melo is easily better than half the league right now,” Kuzma said. “There’s no question about it. He should be on a team right now. He’s still one of the best players. The slander people throw at him is something I don’t really understand. Maybe that’s just the way today’s society is right now. “It would be great to see him in L.A., but I don’t make those decisions. That’s up to Rob [Pelinka] to make those decisions as far as what he thinks is best for the Lakers. He’s done a great job so far putting this team together.”
Kuzma also has been working with Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time All-Star who has won three gold medals with Team USA and is trying to get back into the NBA after playing just 10 games for Houston last season. “It’s been amazing working with Carmelo,” Kuzma said. “He’s one of the greatest players of all time and one of the best scorers of all time. Getting to learn little things from him that will hopefully help my game will be big for me this season.”
But retirement doesn't seem to be on the forefront of Anthony's mind right now. "I know I can still play."
Now, Anthony says the passion to play is back. "I'm in the gym every single day," Anthony said. He also noted "silence is not my surrender" and that he has been quiet until now because he felt like he need to step away from the game to "reevaluate myself, reevaluate my career, reevaluate my life."
Anthony said of his conversation with Morey that he "didn't like how that went down" and it let him to have doubts about himself. "That was an ego hit. That was a pride hit," Anthony said. "I started questioning myself after that. Can I still do this? What did I do? I asked him this. ... He just said it wasn't working out. "When somebody in power that tells you that they no longer need your services ... I've been utilizing my services for a long time. For you to tell me you don't need that no more. I honestly felt that I was fired. I felt like [what] other people go through on a day-to-day basis. People get fired. I honestly felt like I got fired."
Carmelo Anthony: "I'm here to help the team, let me know what I gotta do. But he came in and he was just like 'Look, [basically he said] your services are no longer needed,.' And I'm like, 'What the hell are you talking about?'
Carmelo Anthony: "So then I started taking it even deeper. He told me I wasn't going to make a nine-men rotation. I'm like 'I can't make a nine-man rotation, that's what you're trying to tell me?' I've already started to accept the fact that I gotta come off the bench, which is very hard for me — I accepted that and I've moved on from that, right? But now you're telling me that I can't make a nine-man rotation on this team? It's deeper than basketball."
Carmelo Anthony: "I talked to him [Chris Paul], I called him and James [Harden] right away. I said 'look, just keep it honest with me: Did you know anything about this?' If he knew anything about this then our friendship was on the line. 'Just keep it honest with me.' He said he didn't know anything about this and James told me the same thing.'
Carmelo Anthony: "I had a one-on-one, heart-to-heart with CP in my room at 1 o'clock in the morning. Looked him in his eye, he looked me in my eye and told me, 'yo bro I would never do something like that to you.' I take that, all right?"
Rob Lopez: Would Carmelo Anthony play with LeBron James and the Lakers? "1,000%...we talked about that since we were 18,19 years old" Melo says he and his reps have reached out to the Lakers and Clippers among other teams.
Tommy Beer: Carmelo Anthony, on ESPN’s First Take: “I love the game too much to be away from it.”
Chris Brickley: To set things straight. My well publicized comments about @carmeloanthony were MY personal opinions and I’m not speaking for Melo or anyone else. I stand completely by the fact he deserves to be in the league. I also stand by the fact when he decides to move on it should be on his own terms. He has a lot to offer any team on and off the court.
League executives believe Anthony’s NBA future is in serious doubt. It has led to the question within the basketball community: Is this it for ‘Melo in the NBA?
Anywhere you look around, a pathway to a deal seems tough. Several of the league’s playoff-contending teams — such as Philadelphia, Denver, Golden State, Utah, Milwaukee, Boston, Brooklyn and Indiana — have proclaimed respect for Anthony’s career but have not pursued signing him and have essentially full rosters now. Then there are the perceived Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, two possibilities, because of Anthony’s history and relationship with LeBron James and ties to the Knicks franchise.
Elsewhere, team executives wonder whether Anthony could adapt to a full-time veteran role where he may not play in some games, and thrive on other nights depending on matchups. As one team personnel executive said: “‘Melo could fill a spot on most second units, but what kind of role works for both sides?”
But would Anthony want to continue his playing career in China? Multiple agents who do deals in China told The Athletic it is believed to be very unlikely Anthony plays abroad there. For ‘Melo, basketball is a love. He has signed $232 million in NBA contracts. Anthony also has his family in the States and a 12-year-old son, Kiyan Anthony, who he is helping develop into a young basketball player. Anthony and his trainer, Chris Brickley, also have made summer hoops popular with their five-on-five runs in New York City.
That ill-timed statement opens Anthony to unfair ridicule. A team should use a roster spot on Carmelo because he wants to enhance his souvenir collection during a farewell tour? Anthony would be better served speaking for himself and letting potential suitors know that he’d be content with any role and that he believes he can help a contender. That’s the message he should want out there. “Can he still play, that’s what teams want to know,” said one NBA coach whose team has had internal conversations about pursuing Anthony. “It can’t be about a farewell tour.”
That ill-timed statement opens Anthony to unfair ridicule. A team should use a roster spot on Carmelo because he wants to enhance his souvenir collection during a farewell tour? Anthony would be better served speaking for himself and letting potential suitors know that he’d be content with any role and that he believes he can help a contender. That’s the message he should want out there. “Can he still play, that’s what teams want to know,” said one NBA coach whose team has had internal conversations about pursuing Anthony. “It can’t be about a farewell tour.”
Playoff Tj Leaf 👑🐐: Tell the blazers to sign him! Damian Lillard: We don’t have money. But Melo should be playin.
We asked Johnson if he thought it was time for Melo to join him in the Big3 ... and he wasn't having any of that noise, 'cause he firmly believes Anthony still belongs in the Association. "I think Melo still has a lot left," Johnson said ... "A bona fide scorer. So, I know for a fact there's a lot of teams that he can help. I hate to see him not playing especially in the NBA at this point."
None of the Anthony rumours were true, but it still begs the question of how they even began. The man who led the consortium that purchased the Breakers, Matt Walsh — a former professional basketball player — just told the story on an episode of Barstool Sports’ ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast. Walsh told the podcast that he planted the Anthony rumour in the team’s WhatsApp group chat to see if his suspicions of a leak in the organisation were correct.
“I had to throw out a little misinformation to see, identify the leak,” Walsh said. “We’re still working through that. “Basically, I put it out on our group ‘WhatsApp’. Everyone asked what the big global news was going to be, so I put a picture of Carmelo, ‘Hoodie Carmelo’, up and about 10 minutes later, it was all over New Zealand media. “We’ve got a big leak in the organisation, so we’re working through it now. I think all things considered, we did a pretty good job keeping it contained.” The dissemination of the Anthony rumour wasn’t the only breach of trust among the Breakers’ inner circle either, because a screenshot of that group chat was posted on Twitter on Wednesday evening.
Despite reports that Carmelo Anthony could sign with the New Zealand Breakers of Australia’s NBL, the league’s CEO says it’s not happening. “Carmelo is a little beyond the Next Stars programme sadly,” Jeremy Loeliger said by email. “Not sure where those rumours started but as far as I’m aware, they’re just that, rumours.”
A source within the Breakers organisation has quashed social media speculation NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony has signed with the NBL club. However, the Herald understands from local sources a "significant announcement" is due from the Breakers within the next 48 hours. Suggestions the 10-time NBA All-Star and 2013 NBA scoring champion were published in multiple places.
Don't close the book on Carmelo Anthony's career ... because his wife Lala Anthony tells TMZ Sports he'll DEFINITELY be back on a roster next season. Lala was out in NYC when we asked about her hubby's NBA status -- considering he hasn't been on the court since 2018 and some people think he's done for good. But, Anthony is only 34-years-old and he's been training hard recently -- so, we had to know if Lala expects to see Melo back in the league when the 2019-20 season kicks off. "Why wouldn't we?" Lala said ... adding, "Facts!"
So, where she think Melo will land??? "Whatever team is gonna appreciate him!"
The Los Angeles Lakers and free agent Carmelo Anthony are pausing talks on a possible contract agreement unless the franchise makes a turn back toward pursuit of Western Conference playoffs contention, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers had been leaning toward signing Anthony for the rest of the season -- until losses in four of the past five games left the organization and Anthony's camp wondering if it made sense to bring the veteran into an unsettled environment with suddenly so little chance of making the playoffs, league sources said.
Dave McMenamin: Rob Pelinka, on a conference call with reporters, says the Lakers are evaluating a "handful" of potential players to add with their open roster spot. He would not address Carmelo Anthony specifically. He also said the team is weighing adding now/waiting on that addition.
Carmelo Anthony returned to Madison Square Garden as a fan Sunday night, but he hopes to play in the arena again in the near future. "I've had some great years in this building. I look forward to coming back and playing in this building some more," Anthony said in an in-game interview with MSG Network during the Knicks' loss to the Miami Heat.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: The Lakers maintain interest in Anthony, but do not want to waive a guaranteed player to create a roster spot for him, league sources tell ESPN. If a roster spot eventually opens with LA, yes, the Lakers are a possible destination for Anthony.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Carmelo Anthony will not play a game for the Bulls, but it is possible that franchise holds off on waiving him until the trade deadline, league sources tell ESPN. Bulls could include him in a one-for-one trade, but can't aggregate his contract in another deal.
KC Johnson: Like the MCW deal, Bulls expected to send heavily protected 2nd round pick that won’t convey to the Rockets. Anthony will fall into open roster spot briefly before being waived and Bulls receive cash.
Bobby Marks: The big winner of Carmelo Anthony traded to Chicago is the Atlanta Hawks. If Anthony is waived by the Bulls, Atlanta will receive a set-off of any additional salary that Anthony would sign for. The Hawks owed Anthony $25.5M as part of his buyout this summer.
Carmelo Anthony’s NBA career might not be​ over after​ all. According​ to two​ sources​ with​​ knowledge of Anthony’s situation, the exiled 10-time All-Star who remains on the Houston Rockets roster has multiple options available and is expected to pick one before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. There is no clarity as to whether he would be traded in these scenarios or waived and subsequently signed, but there are strong signs that he will play in the NBA again.
The Wizards maintain they have no plans to pursue Anthony despite being mentioned last week as a potential destination for the former All-Star who grew up largely in Baltimore, Md.
Adding to it, James and close friend Carmelo Anthony were spotted dining together Monday night in New York, again prompting the idea of the Lakers picking up Anthony — assuming he’ll be released from the Houston Rockets following a mutual exile.
Alykhan Bijani: Zhou Qi getting waived has nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony and his situation, per source. #Rockets still working on finding a solution on Melo, including possible trades or outright waiving him.
LeBron​ James would​ like​ to​ get​ Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles with​ him on​ the​ Lakers, a league​ source​ told​​ The Athletic. Anthony, 34, is estranged from the Houston Rockets – still on their payroll for the league-minimum $2.4 million but gone from the team after the two sides decided he was not a fit after just 10 games. He can’t be traded until at least Dec. 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. Nor would there be.
While James signaled his support for Anthony last week on Twitter, he dodged the question of his pal joining him in Los Angeles when first asked. "I have no idea to be honest. That's not a question to ask me," James said Saturday night after the Lakers lost to the Magic in Orlando. "Right now we have 15 roster spots right? We don't even have a roster spot open right now. But that's not a question for myself."
Shams Charania: As former teammate and good friend Carmelo Anthony contemplates NBA future, Allen Iverson tells @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: “No way Melo should retire. I definitely think he should keep going. He got a lot left in the tank, man. It’s just got to be the right situation.” pic.twitter.com/m8dYOEPc9d

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green believes there is an NBA team out there for his old USA Basketball teammate that will be a better fit. Anthony previously turned down the Miami Heat and also the Portland Trail Blazers twice, sources said. As for Green’s Warriors, a source said the two-time defending champs have no interest despite having a roster spot open.
Bobby Marks: One more nugget re: Carmelo Anthony. By the time Dec. 15 comes, Houston could add up to $3.1M to shed his contract. Could be a nice financial incentive for a team with a roster spot and is far below the luxury tax. Rockets would save $1M in salary + $2M+ in tax savings.
Tim MacMahon: Mike D'Antoni on Melo: "I just didn’t ever want to disrespect him and his career. He’s going in the Hall of Fame. You try to do the best thing, and you don’t make all the right decisions for sure. He was great, and we tried to make it work, but it just didn’t work out.”
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni continued: "The way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game. He was trying to make the necessary sacrifices. It wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us."
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today issued a statement on forward Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team. “After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Morey.
Daryl Morey: “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”
Bobby Marks: The rules of CBA prohibits Atlanta and Oklahoma City from claiming, signing or trading for Carmelo Anthony. Atlanta is on the list because Anthony had his contract amended back in July.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Carmelo Anthony’s brief stop with the Houston Rockets is over, league sources tell ESPN. Anthony will part ways with team, although there are no immediate plans to place 10-time All-Star on waivers. Team announcement is expected before Rockets play Golden State tonight.
Adrian Wojnarowski: For now, Anthony will remain on the Rockets roster, but will not rejoin the team, sources said. Anthony’s wisest course of action could be exercising patience and allowing changes in league rosters – through trades, injuries, team needs --- to create more playing options for him.
League executives contacted by Sporting News speculated that Miami, which has been looking to add scoring punch off the bench, would be the most likely landing spot for Anthony. The Heat and Anthony’s representatives met to discuss the 10-time All-Star forward possibly joining the team before he signed with Houston last summer. Anthony, notably, also is a close friend of team mainstay Dwyane Wade.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been mentioned as a possible match for disgruntled Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said he’s “heard” the Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers as potential teams for Melo on the most recent “Ringer NBA Show” podcast: I heard three teams that I think could be for Melo. And this could change, he’s still with Houston. I heard New Orleans, Portland and LA Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard.
The Rockets are reportedly preparing to move on from the 34-year-old forward after just 10 games. McGrady, a seven-time All-Star who is currently an NBA analyst for ESPN, discussed Anthony’s situation Tuesday on “The Jump.” “I honestly think Melo should retire, I really do,’’ McGrady said. “I don’t want him to go through another situation like this, and people are just pouring negativity on this man’s legacy. “I really think, because it hasn’t worked out the last two teams, just go ahead and — you have a Hall of Fame career — just go ahead and let it go.’’
Assuming Anthony is released and no team claims him, his next landing spot is unclear. It won’t be with the Clippers, a league executive unauthorized to speak publicly about it and requested anonymity told the Los Angeles Times. Across town, it’s a little murkier, but it seems unlikely. If the Lakers do decide to add Anthony, it means they’re desperate enough to try to resuscitate a career that some scouts and executives think is on the doorstep of being done.
As per Marc Spears in an appearance on The Jump on ESPN, teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers or the Miami Heat might be interested in acquiring Anthony. But he took the Lakers out of the picture: “I’d keep my eye on Miami, Philly. Philly’s interested. I am hearing that, not the Lakers. I think the Lakers are done.”
Both Anthony and front office officials around the league are privately expressing surprise at the speed in which Houston is short-circuiting this partnership, especially after the Rockets' courtship of him this summer. Anthony will remain away from the Rockets for his third straight game -- Tuesday night in Denver -- with what the organization is calling an illness.
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni plans to move rookie Gary Clark into a more prominent role in the rotation, which would usurp Anthony's minutes. Anthony, 34, has remained eager to continue to play and try to contribute to the Rockets, sources said.
Will Guillory: After talking to a few people around the team, I can report the #Pelicans won't have any interest in Carmelo Anthony if/when he becomes available. New Orleans is already super deep at the 4 position and Melo's defense makes it really tough to use him as a small forward.
Several players and members of the Rockets coaching staff believe that Carmelo Anthony has played his final game for the franchise, sources told ESPN on Sunday. The organization has trod delicately on finalizing an exit for Anthony out of respect for his relationships within the team and his stature as a 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer.
However, one source said both sides entered into the agreement "with eyes wide-open," understanding that the plug could be pulled if Anthony proved not to be a good fit. The Rockets have a net rating of 11.1 points per 100 possessions when Anthony isn't on the floor, according to NBA.com stats.
Ian Begley: Ex-Knicks exec/scout Clarence Gaines Jr. is unsurprised by the Carmelo Anthony situation in Houston. Gaines, of course, was a key voice in a Knicks front office that gave Anthony a five-year max contract with a no-trade clause in 2014.

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Despite Rockets general manager Daryl Morey declaring that Carmelo Anthony is the target of "unfair speculation," the franchise is strongly considering cutting ties with the 10-time All-Star, league sources told ESPN. ESPN reported during Houston's loss to San Antonio on Saturday night that the Rockets and Anthony are in discussions about his role and how the franchise and veteran might be able to proceed together the rest of the season.
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“When I got traded, I remember I felt betrayed,” Deng told Tshabalala. “Because the guy who traded me obviously ruined the team — and I don’t mind saying that now, I would never speak about him as a person — but just the decisions that he’s made. Because it changed the whole course of what we were trying to do. When Derrick got hurt, we really felt that we were going to win a championship, but when he broke up the team, you just feel hurt because we became so close as a team. But we had a mission. And that was to wait for Derrick to get healthy and go at it again, but he decided to just break up the team.”
“I gave up a lot of money to stay with the Bulls,” Deng said to Tshabalala, alluding to a past contract (presumably, a six-year, $71 million extension he inked as a 23-year-old in 2008) he said he signed with the team against the wishes of some in his camp, who wanted him to explore more lucrative options elsewhere. “So when they came back again for my next contract, the year before the contract, me and Thibs went in and we talked to Gar Forman, (who) at the time was the GM, and we said, I want to sign right now before the free agency comes up and other people offer money. And at the time, he said — I was 27? 28? — he told me to take another team discount. “And I remember saying, ‘Why would I take another team discount? Why is there a discount again?’ You know, because this is when I was an All-Star. So he said, ‘We want you to take a team discount.’ So I was like, ‘OK, what’s a team discount?’ and he didn’t discuss anything. And at the time, it didn’t make sense for where I’m at, at the best of my career.”
“Thibs was upset, and Thibs kept telling them (the front office), ‘Sign Lu, I need you to sign Lu,’” Deng told Tshabalala. “So when the [2013-14 season] started, I wasn’t signed for the Bulls, and Thibs decided he was going to make them know how important I am for the team, and ran everything through me — and this is why I love Thibs still today… I was averaging 20 (points per game) at the time when I got traded. When the front office saw that I was averaging 20, obviously now, everybody wanted to pay me more money. So they decided that it was better to trade me before they lose me for nothing.
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For Wizards point guard Ish Smith, though, it’s no big deal at all. He was asked about the food and gave the type of humble, down-to-earth answer you would expect from him. “I’m okay. I’m low maintenance and I’m thankful for anything and everything. You’re asking the wrong person. You might have to ask somebody else who lives a little bit more of a high maintenance life,” he said. “For me, I’m thankful, I’m blessed. They bring us food, we eat it. I have no problems.”
My thoughts on wing depth were addressed in the previous question. As for those specific prospects, Okoro’s athleticism and defensive instincts stand out the most to the scouts I’ve talked to. Both Karnisovas and Eversley said they like players with defensive versatility, a trend in today’s NBA. Okoro projects to be able to guard point guard to power forward. Questions exist about his shooting ability, but he’s also got an improve-at-all-costs mindset.
Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson started the firestorm by sharing anti-Semitic quotes on Instagram he attributed to Adolf Hitler, saying Jews “will blackmail America” for their “plan for world domination.” He praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, pegged an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. Durant liked a Jackson post complimenting Farrakhan after his July 4 speech, where he ripped Jews and said blacks shouldn’t take a coronavirus vaccine because Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci are trying to “depopulate the Earth.”
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