NBA rumors: Knicks a suitor for Carmelo Anthony?

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In a discussion on the Locked on Warriors podcast, Bram Hillsman of Warriors Huddle speculated that Golden State could make a run at Carmelo Anthony this offseason. Hillsman said it must be difficult on Anthony to see friend Chris Paul finally reaching the NBA Finals, a stage that Anthony has never seen in his own career, and a move to Golden State could help him finally get a ring. Podcast host and Mercury News reporter Wes Goldberg noted that the Portland Trail Blazers need to improve their defense and the Warriors are looking to boost their offense, so it could make sense that Anthony could move to the Bay Area.
The Portland Trail Blazers have re-signed forward Carmelo Anthony, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
David Aldridge: Since lots of people seem curious: the Blazers are still hoping they can re-sign @Carmelo Anthony despite adding Robert Covington via trade and signing Derrick Jones Friday. Still minutes and an important role to play. His impact on the team last year was substantial.
But there are people in the organization who see Anthony as free agent target, regardless of what happens with Paul, as the NY Post reported earlier. Will Anthony want to come back to New York – or does he feel comfortable in Portland or on a title contender? Just a guess: if everything is equal, I think Anthony would sign with the Knicks over other suitors.
The Knicks still plan to pursue former star Carmelo Anthony, even if they can’t pull off a trade for his buddy, Chris Paul. The Post has reported Anthony would be eager to join the Knicks if they land Paul.
Sirius XM NBA: Where will Carmelo Anthony play next season? His former head coach George Karl tells Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson why the Blazers are a perfect fit.
Jason Quick: So when he makes his decision, it is not going to come down to money; it will be about his role and his fit. If Olshey, Lillard and McCollum can convince Anthony to take something like a 17-to-22 minute role off the bench, maybe they can work something out. In the meantime, I think Anthony searches for another team where he can play big minutes. If there are no suitors, he knows he can trust his experience with Olshey and the Blazers and listen to their pitch.
If point guard Chris Paul makes his way to the Knicks via a trade, sources have said Anthony is likely to want to follow. Anthony and Paul are close friends and have dreamed of playing together on an NBA team. Both players were represented by Knicks president Leon Rose when he was basketball chief of Creative Artists Agency. A source said Rose is amenable to an Anthony return even without Paul.
We spoke with Anthony about his hoops future ... and he says there's no doubt in his mind he'll be suiting up for the Blazers next season. FYI -- Melo was an important piece for the Blazers in the playoffs ... and even had a postseason-high 27 points in Game 5 before LeBron James and Co. went on to do their thing en route to the NBA Finals.
Ian Begley: Carmelo was really considering going to the Bulls when Thibodeau was coaching them in his free agency summer with the Knicks. It was Knicks, Bulls, Knicks, Bulls. And I was told at least he kept changing his mind. So I think because of that he likes the idea of playing for Thibodeau. And I would think if his buddy Chris Paul gets traded to the Knicks, and that's not a foregone conclusion or anything, but that certainly increases the odds that Carmelo Anthony ends up here back in New York.
According to sources, Anthony has been on Rose’s radar ever since he took over the presidency in early March. Rose is Anthony’s former top client at Creative Artists Agency. Other connections include Anthony lobbying for Thibodeau to become Knicks coach in 2014 and the newly hired assistant Woodson getting Anthony to play his best two-way ball in the 2012-13 season.
Will Carmelo Anthony still be a Trail Blazer next season? If you ask Melo, he sure hopes so. When he was asked what type of things he will value when thinking about where he will play next year, Melo said he “pray” that he will be with the Trail Blazers. I pray that it can be Portland. Honestly, I think that I found a home in Portland. I got comfortable with the organization. I got comfortable with the guys on the team. They got comfortable with me. At this point in my career, I do think that's the best fit for me... I really hope it can be Portland at the end of the day. -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony
AJ McCord: "I thought he was fantastic. We're thankful to have had him." CJ McCollum on teammate Carmelo Anthony & on his future with #RipCity Downwards arrow "Hopefully he can come back next season but that's above my pay grade. I'd love to play next to him for the rest of his career."
Former Knicks president Steve Mills wanted no part of Anthony after Anthony forced a trade and didn’t open up his wish list. (Anthony had a no-trade clause). It still worked out. The Knicks netted what turned into second-year center Mitchell Robinson, selected with Oklahoma City’s second-round pick in 2018. There is strong belief the Brooklyn-born Anthony would want to finish his career as a Knick and play for Thibodeau, whom he has publicly praised. He showed up to the Orlando restart bubble for Portland in terrific shape, earning the nickname “Skinny Melo.” Anthony is down to the 230-235-pound range and can’t remember the last time he was that light.
Your teammates call you “Skinny Melo” after you came to Orlando in great shape. How do you feel? Carmelo Anthony: I feel amazing. Absolutely. This is your 16th NBA season and you’re 36 years old. Any idea how much longer you want to play? Carmelo Anthony: S—, I don’t know. I just gotta get through this s— first.
If the Knicks decide to look for a forward via free agency who can shoot, Danilo Gallinari, Carmelo Anthony and Christian Wood are potential options. Some members of the Knicks front office were enamored with Wood over the course of the season. Regarding Anthony, prior to free agency last summer, the Knicks strongly considered signing the ex-Knick if they were able to land two other stars. They missed out on the stars in free agency, which took Anthony out of their plans. Rose, the current team president, was Anthony's agent. The two remain close. Worth pointing out: the Knicks being open to looking for a big who can shoot doesn't necessarily reflect a desire to move on from Randle.
With that said, here's what we know: Before free agency last summer, high-ranking members of the organization had interest in signing Carmelo Anthony in free agency. The Anthony signing was contingent on the Knicks completing their other free-agency plan in 2019: signing two max stars. When New York missed on those stars, the idea of signing Anthony lost significant momentum.
With that said, here's what we know: Before free agency last summer, high-ranking members of the organization had interest in signing Carmelo Anthony in free agency. The Anthony signing was contingent on the Knicks completing their other free-agency plan in 2019: signing two max stars. When New York missed on those stars, the idea of signing Anthony lost significant momentum.
With Rose taking over, there have been rumblings about Anthony ending his career with the Knicks. Anthony, who said he wants to play next season, wouldn’t rule out a return to New York, and said the Knicks and Madison Square Garden will always be special to him. “It’s hard to say because I don’t know what that situation is going to be,” Anthony said. “The easiest thing to say is, ‘His agent is there, he’s coming back.’ Until I sit down and see the whole plan, I don’t know. “Me and him, we talk multiple times a week. That’s not something we even discuss. I still think it’s still a shock for everybody. When the offseason comes, I got to be careful [what I say] now because it’s tampering.”
Anthony, who signed in November with the Trail Blazers after an involuntary yearlong sabbatical, did not rule it out when asked Thursday. The Brooklyn product, who will be 36 next training camp, has played well, averaging 15.5 points. It’s likely he won’t be looking for a big contract, especially to come back home to potentially retire as a Knick.
So much so that, when asked if he'd like to re-sign with the Blazers after the season, Anthony's response was immediate. "I would love to stay," he said. "I feel like this is the place for me to end my career. It could have happened earlier, but it didn't. Now, where I'm at in my life and my career — this is where I want to retire."
"The conversation was different than it had been (with other teams). I felt welcomed and wanted as opposed to me pitching myself to somebody. When you feel that, it's hard to turn that down." The opportunity to play with Lillard and McCollum appealed to him, too. "Me and 'Dame' have always talked," Anthony said. "CJ and I worked out together in the summers (in L.A.). I always stayed connected and in tune with what was going on in Portland."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland had until early January to fully guarantee the deal for the season. Anthony had signed a non-guaranteed contract last month.
Portland makes it official on the signing of Carmelo Anthony. For salary purposes, Anthony will have a base comp of $2,159,029 ($14,490 per day) and the Trail Blazers will have a cap hit of $1,364,204. The contract will become fully guaranteed if Anthony is not waived by 5PM EST on January 7th.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed veteran forward Carmelo Anthony, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers new forward Carmelo Anthony will be activated for tonight’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Shams Charania: Sources: After passing his physical exam, Carmelo Anthony signed his one-year, non-guaranteed deal with Portland today. It will be worth $2.15M should he remain on roster past guarantee date in January.
Ten-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony seems to be looking forward to his next NBA opportunity. In a new video posted late Monday night on Anthony’s YouTube channel, the 35-year-old forward spoke about joining the Blazers for the first time. “You know I always kept my eye on Portland,” Anthony said. “It just didn’t work out at other times, but now it seems like it’s a perfect opportunity.”
Carmelo Anthony is off to Portland! On Sunday, the NBA player’s ex, La La Anthony, posted an Instagram photo of their son Kiyan, 12, sharing a sweet goodbye with his father, who is moving to a new state after signing with the Portland Trailblazers last week. In the photo, Kiyan stood beside Carmelo, 35, as the preteen held a basketball in his hand. “He is his dad’s #1 fan & super excited for this new opportunity…but when it’s all said and done, he’s still a 12yr old that is going to miss his dad 😢🙏🏽🏀,” La La, 38, wrote. “Portland you got a great one 🏀🙏🏽#portlandtrailblazers #stayme7o.”
Lillard and McCollum both reached out to Carmelo Anthony after he agreed to sign with the Trail Blazers. Anthony has not played since Nov. 8, 2018, with the Houston Rockets, but he spent the past summer working out with McCollum and others. "He looks like he's changed his body a little bit," McCollum said. "Started lifting more on his legs, his lower half. He was dunking this summer. He doesn't usually dunk, so that's how I knew he was feeling good. I don't know if it was because of the work or because he's been off or a combination, but he looked like he had new life, more bounce in his step."
Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey had tried to get Carmelo Anthony in trades with the New York Knicks, tried to get him as a free agent post-Oklahoma City. Now, they were together on a call Thursday morning. Time had passed, circumstances had changed. "You need us," sources said Olshey told Anthony. "And we need you."
After six straight trips to the Western Conference playoffs -- including two conference semifinals runs and a West finals a season ago -- Olshey knew this: The Blazers needed a player capable of commanding the respect of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. They needed a presence to roust the spirit of an unnerved locker room. The Blazers wouldn't find that in the NBA's G-League, nor with a journeyman veteran out of a job.
Joe Freeman: Coach Terry Stotts confirmed that Carmelo Anthony is undergoing a physical this weekend in New York and the Blazers are hopeful he'll join them Monday night in New Orleans.
Carmelo Anthony isn't expected to make his Portland Trail Blazers debut until Tuesday's game at New Orleans at the earliest, league sources told ESPN on Friday, meaning Anthony won't be available to face his former team, the Houston Rockets, on Monday. Anthony, 35, has to complete a physical with the Blazers before the one-year, non-guaranteed contract is finalized. That could come as soon as Saturday, league sources said.
That’s why team star Damian Lillard says signing the 35-year-old is “worth a shot.” “We added a good player,” Lillard said in a text. “Another scoring threat, experience, rebounder.”
Here’s the reality check, though: The other alternatives probably would have failed too. There’s a reason we call players like this “replacement level” and not “improvement level.” The Blazers might only have a 15 percent chance of this working, but that’s better than the zero percent chance they had with the status quo. Of course, it’s unlikely to pay off; in-season street free agents don’t make the All-Star team. Most of the time, they’re available for a reason.
However, they had to do something. For now, they’ll try Melo, but his non-guaranteed contract gives Portland the flexibility to try something else at the snap of a finger. If he doesn’t work they’ll try calling somebody up from the G League (some plausible names: Jarrod Uthoff, Marcus Derrickson, and Dedric Lawson), or turn to another veteran chilling on his couch (Dante Cunningham and Lance Thomas are waiting by their phones, among others), or work the angles for a low-stakes trade.
Anthony, 35, will join the Blazers on their upcoming six-game road trip, which starts Saturday against San Antonio, sources said. Power forward was the position where the Blazers were most vulnerable, and a shoulder injury to Zach Collins only amplified the void there. Anthony returns to fill that need.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Anthony will join the Blazers on upcoming road trip, per source. Power forward was the position that Blazers were most vulnerable and injury to Zach Collins only amplified void there. ‘Melo comes for a specific role and need.
Bobby Marks: Carmelo Anthony will earn $14,490 per day while on the roster in Portland. The contract becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by Jan. 7.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Deal is non-guaranteed, per source.
Chris Mannix: Portland has been among the teams most interested in Carmelo in recent years. Had interest in trading for him when 'Melo was in New York. If nothing else, they know what they are getting.
After the rest of the 2018-2019 season went by, many thought Anthony would have signed with a team over the summer and already be back on an NBA court this season. But strangely enough, the 2013 NBA scoring champion is still a free agent. On Thursday at the 25th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit, Anthony was in attendance as an honoree and expressed his desire to get back in the NBA when asked by media. "2000 percent. Make that the headline," Anthony said.
Regarding his free agent status, the 10-time All-Star and former Knick said, “I don’t really want to get into all that. I’m surprised, of course. But it is what it is at this point, though. I’m sitting back waiting to see what happens, spending time with the family right now, and that’s all I can focus on, and other things I have going on.”
You’ve been fortunate to still get calls from teams at this point in your career. Why do you think Carmelo Anthony hasn’t gotten the same chance? Vince Carter: Situations are different. I think it’s just timing at this point. I definitely think he deserves to be in the NBA. He’s one of the most prolific scorers this league has seen at many levels. Pure scorer. I think in time a team will grab him, a playoff team who needs a scorer with his ability. If he’s willing to come off the bench, I think he’ll help a team with his starters mentality.
Former NBA forward Stephen Jackson firmly believes NBA execs are blackballing Carmelo Anthony. In a recent edition of Jackson’s video podcast with Matt Barnes called “All the Smoke,” Jackson claims a mass text has been sent through NBA execs saying, “Don’t f--- with Carmelo Anthony.” “It’s the same situation they did to a lot of players,” Jackson said. “They put him in a situation they know he’s not going to succeed, make it look like he can’t play no more, make it look like he’s a cancer and just push him out. And once they get you to that point where you’re a cancer or you can’t play no more, it’s a text that’s sent out to every team — it’s a mass text that sent out to every team, every team’s CC’d, ‘Don’t f--- with him.’ “
Those in Anthony's innermost circle are deeply wary of any information or narratives that might affect his ability to play in the league again. And while Anthony believes -- or so he said on ESPN -- that he'd be "at peace" if he never plays in the league again, he knows that this ending will haunt him, a former teammate over multiple seasons says: "He doesn't want to go out like this." Wade and Kobe Bryant received a farewell tour, both of them Anthony's close friends. LeBron James, another longtime friend, will likely receive one too. "[Anthony] wants to go out like that," his former teammate says.
Anthony declined to participate for this story, and his representatives directed comment to previous interviews. But many people close to him and inside and around the organizations where he has played were willing to discuss his swift demise. "His name is a blessing and a curse," says one source close to Anthony. "And it's more of a curse right now."
Anthony's headlong dive into basketball exile is partly the story of the game's dramatic evolution that placed him on the wrong side of history. But it's also partly the story about the pratfalls of greatness -- and how stars often decline as steeply as they rise to dominance. "When you're one of the top 10 players in our league for 10 years, you think it's going to be there forever," says one of Anthony's former NBA coaches. "They're always the last ones to know."
In 2018-19, Anthony had an offensive rating of 102.3 and a net rating of minus-9.9 -- both the worst of his career. "He just can't play NBA defense anymore," one Rockets source says, but the offensive woes ultimately calcified the Rockets' thought that they had gambled and lost. Still, there remains a measure of guilt among some in and near the organization and within Anthony's circle. "I feel awful that it ended the way it did," says another Rockets source. "He would have been better off either going to Miami or just not playing. But those 10 games ... basically ruined him."
Free agent Nick 'Swaggy P" Young was among the veterans to play in the Knicks' informal scrimmages in the weeks leading up to training camp. "He can still play," Fizdale said. "He's Swaggy P." New Net Lance Thomas and Carmelo Anthony also attended the workouts. When asked how Anthony looked in the scrimmages, RJ Barrett said, "He was good, he was good. I mean it's Carmelo Anthony, come on."
Stefan Bondy: Steve Mills says he let Carmelo work out at the facility in the summer and wishes him well. Doesn’t sound like Melo is an option for New York.
Anthony Puccio: On Melo: “We’ll do our due diligence on everybody. We’ve brought in several players... For us, we’ll use our exhibit 10s and training camp [to evaluate].” Mentioned how it was documented that guys were playing pickup in L.A.
Meanwhile, the free agency of Carmelo Anthony continues, with NBA teams and even USA Basketball passing on bringing in the 10-time All-Star this summer. The Athletic’s NBA Inside Pass did a breakdown of Anthony’s situation in late July, and not much has changed beyond external hope and speculation.
After losing Wilson Chandler to a 25-game suspension, Anthony and players such as Dante Cunningham, Lance Thomas and Luol Deng emerged as viable options to sign. There’s been a sense around the Nets that players are hopeful to bring in Anthony, but the trust belongs with the front office. However, the Nets are very unlikely to sign Anthony as of now, league sources told The Athletic.
SNY: Do you believe Anthony can contribute to a team this season? Fertitta: One hundred percent. Let me tell you: there's a bunch of teams and I guarantee you if there's 150 starters for the 30 teams that Carmelo Anthony is still one of the top 150 players in the National Basketball Association.
SNY: Why do you think it didn't work out with the Rockets and Carmelo last season? Fertitta: "You know, it's really unusual because I never really got a chance to meet Melo but all I heard is what a gentleman he was and that he was going to play whatever part or role on the team that the coaches wanted him to play. And basketball ops decided to make a decision and, you know, it kinda surprised me too, as a fan of the Houston Rockets. But I know what I know and I know what I don't know. And if my basketball ops thought that we should move on, then I sure wasn't going to tell them not to, even though I thought that Melo's one the greatest players to ever play the game."
He was beloved by many as a Knick. Many of the public want to know: Will Melo latch on with a team this season? Well, we’ve got the voice of the Knicks on Line 1, literally! Insert MSG Networks’ hoops color commentator, Walt “Clyde” Frazier. “I hope so man,” Frazier, the NBA Hall of Famer, Knicks legend told me in a one-on-one interview on Monday. “I don’t like what’s happening to him. He should have a swan song. I’m confident that somebody will give him a chance.”
The Nets open training camp in ten days and several Brooklyn players remain fully in favor of the club signing free agent Carmelo Anthony, per SNY sources. The Nets enter camp with 15 players on guaranteed contracts, which is the maximum regular-season allotment. But there is an avenue for the club to sign Anthony to a traditional NBA deal during the regular season.
Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson: Carmelo Anthony should land on an NBA team says NBA Hall of Famer Steve Nash - "He is one of the truly great scorers the league's had. He's still got something to offer." Per @fanaticsview 's @LandonBuford . My story via @HeavySan .
With injured Kevin Durant expected to miss most, if not all, of the season, Wilson Chandler suspended for 25 games for PEDs and Rodions Kurucs facing a possible suspension after being charged in an alleged domestic assault, the Nets have dire needs at forward. That makes Anthony more of a position fit. Sources had told the Post that several veterans were lobbying the front office on Anthony’s behalf. The Athletic reported that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were among them and that GM Sean Marks had taken a look at the former Knicks star recently.
So I asked a whole bunch of people around the league if there was a team, or teams, that made sense with regard to Anthony, and if he can still play. For the sake of argument, I told each to assume that a) ‘Melo was in viable NBA shape, and b) wouldn’t ask for something prohibitive contract-wise, so that any team, including those close to the luxury tax line, could fit him in. Here’s what they said. Current NBA head coach: “Yes, with the right team. A vet team. Also, a team that is not looking at analytics. He is still a talent.” Current NBA head coach: “Hall of Fame player.” Western Conference executive: “Miami, if he is willing to work with (Pat) Riley hard on conditioning. He can replace D-Wade’s scoring. Or, Portland. They play a lot of isolation basketball and they need another scorer. Carmelo is a dinosaur in today’s NBA. Everyone wants ball movement and three-point shooting; not Melo’s forte.”
"I tried, two years ago I tried to get 'Melo to come to Portland, and he went to Oklahoma City," Lilard said. "Then after that, I tried to get him to come to Portland again, and he went to Houston. So at this point…" "You're not putting your hand out again," Budden asked. "The team or me," Lillard replied. "I'm like, 'he ain't coming here,' you know what I'm saying? He deserves to be in the league, but he ain't coming here."
Anthony is said to be in good shape and his resume as a scorer is sterling. But some feel Anthony won’t play in the NBA again, despite his latest push to find a contract. His representatives are fighting the perception that Anthony can no longer be a functional team player, that his scorer’s mentality and past complaints about his roles make him a net negative for any team with high aspirations.
The case is two-fold, the sources said. First, there is the idea that Anthony was used as a scapegoat, which began in New York after the 2016-17 season, then for the Oklahoma City Thunder the following year. Last season, it was Anthony who took the fall for the 4-6 start in Houston. He was let go after 13 games and no other team re-signed him. But Anthony’s camp has been pushing the line that he got more blame than he deserves in each case.
Carmelo Anthony is all in on joining forces with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn ... telling TMZ Sports he considers the 2 NBA superstars "family" ... and teaming up would be "bigger than basketball." The 10-time All-Star has been jobless since November ... but has publicly made it clear he's NOT ready to ride off into the sunset just yet.
KD and Uncle Drew don't want that to happen either, with the new Nets ballers reportedly "pushing" for the team to sign the 35-year-old free agent. We spoke with Melo out in NYC on Saturday night about being recruited by the pair of NBA champs ... and he seems more than ready to team up. "That's family," Melo said. "So, that's bigger than basketball. If something happens, something's gonna happen."
Carmelo Anthony is scheduled to work out on Thursday with a group of New York Knicks in Manhattan but it’s the other team in town that continues to closely monitor the 10-time All-Star.The Brooklyn Nets remain interested in potentially signing Anthony, who recently trained with a group of their players in Los Angeles, including Kyrie Irving. In fact, one source told The Athletic that Irving and Kevin Durant, who both joined the Nets in July, are “pushing” the club to sign Anthony.
Nets General Manager Sean Marks will have the final say, and it’s unclear if Marks is willing to take a chance on Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn and remains a popular player among New York basketball fans. Anthony has not played in an NBA game since being banished by the Houston Rockets last November. Marks, according to a source, did watch Anthony train recently in what was described as an informal workout. Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson has also watched Anthony play this summer.
Anthony’s camp remains optimistic that the veteran forward will find an NBA job. A Nets source said Anthony’s recent workouts in L.A. “certainly helped his cause. His body looked great.”
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