Storyline: Carmelo Anthony Free Agency

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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.”

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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: 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.”

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.”

The second leg of the pitch Anthony is making to teams could prove to be appealing when it comes to those concerned that Anthony would be a locker-room distraction: He’s a good distraction. “That’s the idea,” the source said. “He’s got a lot of friends in the league, he is liked by other players. He’s got friends in the media. He doesn’t get into trouble off the court, he never has. They’re really disputing this whole idea that he’s a team cancer.”

Nets stars interested in Carmelo Anthony?

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.

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.

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 months 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!”
7 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.

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