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!”
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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.
“At this point, I just want to be happy,” Anthony said when discussing his next move. “I think I’ve put myself in a good, peaceful mind state right now, [being] able to focus in on what I need to focus in on. And whatever’s going to make me happy, then we’re going to make it happen.”
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: “One interesting team to watch leading up to the Feb. 7 trade deadline, the Lakers. They’d like to add more shooting to that roster. They have right now, 15 guaranteed contracts, which means, they don’t have an available slot for Carmelo Anthony. LeBron James would love to bring Anthony in to finish out the season with him.”
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.
KC Johnson: Carmelo Anthony is unlikely to remain member of Bulls, per source.
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 Lakers, who have a full roster and would have to waive someone to sign him if he was waived, continue to be tied to Anthony more than any other team. But according to a Lakers source, the fact that the roster is full is not a small obstacle. Not only is it unclear how they would clear the roster spot to add Anthony, or if there’s a possible trade to be made there with the Rockets, but a source close to James said Anthony’s conditioning and the overall state of his game are considered key factors here in terms of convincing the Lakers to add the player who had the worst season of his career with the Thunder and wasn’t any better with the Rockets.
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.
“We’ll see,” James said Tuesday night. “I’m not … I don’t run the team and obviously there are some things that need to be worked out on both sides, but I’ve always wanted to play along with Melo, and if the opportunity presents itself, it would be great. So we’ll see what happens.”
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.
But James and his camp still believe Anthony can play, that there could be a place for him as a contributor on a Lakers’ team that is young and continues to battle injuries. Brandon Ingram is the latest casualty. His sprained left ankle will keep him for at least the next two games.
In the coming days, it will become clear if any market still exists for Anthony, whether it’s L.A. or elsewhere. Multiple league executives questioned it to The Athletic. “Not really, no,” said one rival exec, granted anonymity to discuss the Lakers’ situation. “If LeBron really wants him, it might not matter. Magic should fight him on it. I know I would.”
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.”
James was asked “Carmelo and Lakers. Thoughts?”, and he, well, gave his thoughts (via Spectrum Sportsnet): “I have no idea to be honest. That’s not a question to ask me. 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
The Rockets bid farewell to Anthony on Thursday by announcing he would not be returning to the team. A source said the Rockets will likely waive the 10-time All-Star soon if his agent, Leon Rose, can’t locate a team that is interested in Anthony.
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.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets releasing a statement tonight to acknowledge parting ways with Carmelo Anthony, though he will remain on the roster for now, source said. @Adrian Wojnarowski first reported tonight’s development.
Jonathan Feigen: Statement to come will again acknowledge Anthony’s cooperation with the roles he was asked to play, source said. Role had changed.
Bobby Marks: Carmelo Anthony like most free agents signed this summer have a Dec. 15 trade restriction. Still a month away for Anthony to be moved in a deal.
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.”
With no ongoing discussions about Carmelo Anthony rejoining the Houston Rockets, his representatives spent Monday gathering information from NBA front offices about a potential landing spot for the 10-time All-Star forward, league sources told ESPN.
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.
Dwyane Wade: Trying to make my guy @Carmelo Anthony the fall guy huh!? Man y’all need to stop. That’s the easy way out instead of addressing what the real problem.
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.
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.
According to league sources, the Rockets and Anthony had discussions this week about his role, which could be reduced even more if he remains on the roster.
“We’ve been extremely happy with his approach,” Morey said. “Every reason we’ve brought him here, he’s followed. Again, that’s why he’s here. It’s unfair that there’s all this speculation on just one player. I understand it, because he’s obviously a Hall of Famer, but it’s unfair.”
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni did suggest minutes for Melo would be more difficult to come by and that Morey has looked at that. “I know, like Daryl said, they’re exploring all options. With everybody coming back, it squeezes some things, and then we’ll see how it goes.”
Tim MacMahon: In middle of Melodrama discussion, Daryl Morey was asked what he thought of Jimmy Butler trade. “Oh, you’re switching topics? Thank you,” he said with a laugh. “Others don’t want you to.”
Tim MacMahon: Does Melo still want to be on the Rockets? “I mean, you’re asking the wrong guy,” Daryl Morey said. “Everything I can tell is yes.”
Alykhan Bijani: “There’s a lot of unfair rumors and everything going around about him.” – Daryl Morey on Carmelo #Rockets
Jenny Dial Creech: D’Antoni says it’s unfair that Melo has been blamed for the #Rockets issues.
Jenny Dial Creech: D’Antoni- ‘Melo’s been great. He’s done everything we’ve asked.’ #Rockets
Marc Stein: The Rockets have denied they are waiving Carmelo Anthony, but two sources close to the situation say Anthony has been informed that his brief time with the team will soon be ending. Anthony has been listed as “out” for Houston’s game tonight against Indiana due to illness
Jonathan Feigen: Morey said he expects Carmelo Anthony to be back in the rotation when healthy. Said “we’re evaluating everything.” Said that applies to everyone.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Carmelo Anthony.
Chris Paul: Welcome my brother 🚀🤟🏾 pic.twitter.com/RbthOlamn4
Sam Amick: How do you see him fitting in? Mike D’Antoni: “The style that we want to play, and we go through that process, it kind of sorts itself out. It’s like USA Basketball. If you’re committed to doing it, and committed to, ‘OK, this is how we’re playing, and then when it’s your turn it’s your turn, but if it isn’t then we’re still within these guidelines.’ Then the more talent you can have, the better the guys are, the better the team is going to be. Look at Golden State, how they had all those guys and you fit in (Kevin) Durant, I mean if you are committed to a certain style, and everybody is committed to the team, it works itself out. … “It’s like having Chris and James together (last season). It was relatively noneventful …and I think it’ll be the same thing. … We’ve just got to make sure we don’t get too far away from taking threes and layups and foul shots. It’ll be a little bit of a learning process. But again, if everybody is committed, then I have no doubt it can work. Whether we can all get it to work? We’ll see.”
Jonathan Feigen: Chatted a bit with Mike D’Antoni about @Carmelo Anthony joining the Rockets. “His skill set is enormous. He can do a lot of things. His talent and what we have already will make us more formidable. We need to put him in positions where he flourishes. I’m looking forward to that.”
Jonathan Feigen: More D’Antoni: “He wants to win and be a part of what we have. There’s a lot of places he can fit. I understand the naysayers. Some are what they said about Chris coming to us. It’s our job to prove them wrong… to take his talents and fit them in, a little like USA Basketball.”
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni said he does not know whether he will start @Carmelo Anthony or bring him off the bench, but that was discussed in the first meeting and Anthony was open to either role. Said @James Ennis has been overlooked and that he is excited about having him in the mix, too.
Daryl Morey: Welcome to the @HoustonRockets @carmeloanthony – easy to find highlights for him!
Should the Rockets face Golden State in the playoffs once again next season, they intend to have Carmelo Anthony on their side. The Rockets officially will sign Anthony to a one-year, $2.4 million contract Monday, a source close to the Rockets confirmed.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Carmelo Anthony plans to sign his one-year, $2.4M deal with the Houston Rockets today, league sources tell ESPN. He traveled to Houston and he’s completing his physical.
Anthony met with GM Daryl Morey and coach Mike D’Antoni in Las Vegas during summer league. The Thunder granted permission to do, once the sides decided that a parting was imminent. Anthony had also met with the Miami Heat, and considered signing there. Anthony, 34, is a 10-time All-Star forward. Anthony averaged 16.2 points for the Thunder a year ago — below his 24.1 points per game average in the NBA.
Mark Berman: Gerald Green on @Carmelo Anthony: “I think the #Rockets are going to accept him with open arms like they accepted me. If they accepted me and I ain’t did nothing, believe me we’re gonna accept Melo..Houston’s going to embrace him.” pic.twitter.com/OVb6eIyFsa
Sam Amick: Houston’s Carmelo Anthony signing expected to be finalized later this week – possibly tomorrow. In other Rockets rumblings, I’m told they’re not pursuing or interested in Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore, as has been reported.
Shams Charania: Anthony cleared free agency waivers last week and has informed Houston of decision to sign upon return from Africa, league sources said. Anthony also unveiled refurbished basketball court in South Africa last week.
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Sportradar, an authorized data distributor for the NBA, sent a letter Thursday notifying sportsbook operators that the league was forcing it to “cease providing to you NBA Official Data for use in the United States unless and until you are an Authorized Gaming Operator of the NBA.” According to the letter, obtained by ESPN, Sportradar will shut down access of the feed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Game 1 of the Finals is Thursday.
The NBA’s data feed is primarily used by sportsbooks to run their live betting options, updating odds that are offered on different outcomes throughout the game. Live or in-game betting is a growing market in the U.S. but still does not represent significant betting handle for sportsbooks in Las Vegas. The vast majority of money bet on in-game wagering options is on the point spread, money-line and over/under total points, bookmakers say.