Storyline: Carmelo Anthony Free Agency

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Gilbert Arenas: I remember the reports named Houston as a possible destination for him to land. I said ‘Hell no’ don’t go there it is going a disaster and it is not going to work. You just for the first time in your career played with two ball-dominant players and it made you the third option. So, to go right back to a team that is going to make you again the third option is a disaster. Go to the Lakers where you might come off the bench, but you are going to be the first option in the fourth quarter because that is what they are going to need from Melo. They need a 6’9 guy that can open up the floor, play your iso basketball, and that helps the rest of the Lakers. LeBron passes to everyone else, and you play iso basketball it all works. He goes to Houston and after ten games he is gone. Melo needs to me in a position where the last five minutes of the game he is the go-to guy. If you are not the go-to guy what are you on the court for because don’t have any other skill to be used. You are a fourth-quarter last five-minute iso guy that is your skill.

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But All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both spurned the Knicks for Brooklyn. The latter has organized a number of Nets for workouts in Los Angeles, including Caris LeVert and Taurean Prince, and Anthony has joined in. But neither the Nets nor Knicks have shown any interest in bringing Anthony in for next season, with Brooklyn’s roster at 15. “Nothing to it,” a source close to Anthony told The Post. “There’s several guys (playing) that aren’t Nets, but friends and other NBA players.”

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.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN

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: “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.”

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.

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.”

“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.

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!”
6 months ago via ESPN

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.

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.

LeBron wants 'Melo in Los Angeles?

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.

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

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.
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