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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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Carmelo Anthony has finalized buyout with the Atlanta Hawks, giving back $2.4M of his $27.9M salary, league sources tell ESPN. That’s veteran’s minimum he’ll get back with new team. Anthony will wait to clear waivers in 48 hours to officially tell Rockets of intentions to sign.
Shams Charania: The Atlanta Hawks are expected to waive Carmelo Anthony today, with player physicals completed over the weekend from 3-team trade, league sources tell Yahoo. Clears way for Anthony to become free agent, potentially join Houston.
Anthony may be Brickley’s most prominent client. The two go back to their time together in the Knicks organization. Anthony has had a difficult run of things over the past year, accepting a trade to Oklahoma City last September, then to Atlanta this month after his lone season with the Thunder saw him turn into an inefficient third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Anthony is reportedly headed to the Rockets later this summer after the Hawks waive him. After that much movement and uncertainty for Anthony, Brickley thinks the star is in a good place. “I think he’s relieved,” Brickley said. “In the sense of he liked OKC, he loved his teammates, loved the organization. For whatever reason it didn’t work out. Now he’s just looking forward to what’s next. I think the Rockets would be great. Him and Chris Paul have been friends forever…They’re very close. I think it’s going to be good. He’s very positive right now.”
Kelly Iko: Regarding Carmelo Anthony, Brown says the team is always looking to upgrade, and hopefully this deal can be completed soon. pic.twitter.com/4h6HZ4qiMy
Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm Carmelo Anthony plans to sign with the #Rockets once he becomes a free agent. Carmelo expected to get a one-year deal from the Rockets at the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million. @Marc Stein first reported the story.
Marc Stein: Carmelo Anthony intends to sign with the Houston Rockets upon becoming a free agent, league sources say, though it could be several more days before Melo is formally traded and clears waivers.
The Thunder, Hawks and Sixers agreed on a deal that involves sending Anthony to the Hawks, and the Hawks plan to buy out Anthony, per USA TODAY Sports. It’s reported that the Rockets are the favorites to sign Anthony once that happens. Morey was asked, “So are we for sure getting Carmelo Anthony?” He responded, “In the mix.” Morey also said, “Yes,” as a reply to, “Does Daryl still have something up his sleeve?”
“It would be a great acquisition for us,” said Harden, who did run into Anthony at Paris Fashion Week last month when Harden was making the rounds with teammate P.J. Tucker. “Melo’s a proven vet. He just wants to win at this point, so it would be great for him to be on our team. The current roster we have now, we’ve got good guys back and we keep making forward progress.”
The Miami Heat is expecting 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to be waived and become a free agent after being traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, to sign with the Houston Rockets, a league source said Friday. The Heat had some interest in Anthony, 34, and met with him in Las Vegas at Anthony’s request during NBA Summer League action more than a week ago. But the source said the role and the kind of money Anthony was looking for wasn’t a fit with the Heat.
Alykhan Bijani: “I think he goes to the #Rockets” Dwight Howard on Carmelo Anthony (on SportsNation)
Adam Wexler: #Rockets James Harden on potentially adding Carmelo Anthony: “Would be a great acquisition for us. He wants to win at this point (of his career).” Harden was at @Academy in conjunction w/ @ProCamps surprising kids from the Boys & Girls club with a shopping spree. @KPRC2
David Aldridge: It should surprise no one that @Carmelo Anthony has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets, per league source.
The Hawks plan to waive Anthony, who will then become a free agent after he clears waivers. Atlanta has the ability to absorb Anthony’s contract, but the price for taking him off Oklahoma City’s roster was a first-round draft pick – a good move for Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk who is rebuilding the roster.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Oklahoma City has agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to Atlanta for point guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, league sources tell ESPN. Anthony will be waived, and he will join team of his choice. Rockets are frontrunner.
Chris Vivlamore: It’s a three team trade. Muscala will got to Philly. Justin Anderson will come to Hawks. Carmelo will be bought out. Won’t be a Hawk. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot will got to OKC.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Anthony will get his entire $27.9M in the buyout and waiver with Hawks. It could take a few days to work thru logistics on trade. ‘Melo met with Rockets and Heat in Las Vegas. Again, Rockets are the frontrunner.
A precise timetable for how quickly Anthony can secure his exit from Oklahoma City, most likely via buyout, is not yet clear. But, at this point, it would be a full-fledged surprise if he doesn’t wind up with the Rockets.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been widely mentioned as a chief rival to the Rockets once Anthony actually becomes a free agent, largely because the Lakers’ new face of the franchise is Melo’s close friend LeBron James. But it’s been suggested to me — strongly — that the Lakers’ interest is overstated. The Miami Heat have been mentioned, too, which is understandable given that the Heat patriarch Pat Riley has been known to happily gamble on a big name in need of some image rehab. As of Tuesday morning, though, Houston was the unquestioned frontrunner for the former New York Knick.
In advance of an inevitable – if not imminent – parting, the Oklahoma City Thunder granted Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN. Anthony and his representatives met with Rockets and Heat officials at the site of the NBA Summer League in recent days, league sources told ESPN.
The Rockets meeting included coach Mike D’Antoni, who had a turbulent relationship with Anthony as New York Knicks coach. D’Antoni made it clear to Anthony that he thinks the circumstances together would be far different in Houston, and welcomed the idea of coaching Anthony again, league sources said.
The Thunder are working on trade scenarios where Anthony, 34, would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $27.9 million 2017-18 salary clears waivers. Oklahoma City needs Anthony’s permission to waive his no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, league sources said.
The Rockets lost forward Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, clearing the way for a greater opportunity to impact the Rockets. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been a strong advocate of signing Anthony, who could play a major role for the Heat at power forward.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Story filed to ESPN: In advance of an inevitable – if not imminent – parting, the Oklahoma City Thunder granted Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including Houston and Miami. Meetings took place in Vegas in recent days.
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The Clippers, it seems, closely watch every Raptors and Warriors game this season. Even though they are having a terrific season of their own — experiencing the rare joy of expectation-free success in the NBA — the Clippers are rather transparently obsessed with chasing Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant in free agency next summer.
But even by these modern standards, the Clippers’ pursuit is still a little revolutionary. Raptors officials have noticed a Clippers employee at roughly 75 percent of the team’s games thus far this season. That has included president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, which is rare. Presidents and general managers are almost never seen attending a game that doesn’t involve their teams.
Tobias Harris, the centerpiece of the Griffin trade, might be headed to his first All-Star Game and has been so valuable that some executives think they should use one of their max slots on him. The reviews for rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who the Clippers semi-hid by promising him they’d draft him in the lottery, and he at least partially shut down workouts, have been excellent.
On Saturday Dinwiddie became eligible for a four-year contract extension worth a maximum of $47.5 million. But despite being the poster child for the Nets’ much-hyped player development (he was a finalist for last season’s NBA Most Improved Player Award), Dinwiddie still does not have an extension. “No news. Nothing to report,” Dinwiddie’s agent, Raymond Brothers, said. “Dec. 8, it came, it’s gone. I don’t have an extension,” said Dinwiddie, 25. “Just let Raymond and [Nets general manager] Sean [Marks] talk about it. I already said what I needed to say.”
One NBA source proclaimed surprise the Nets didn’t offer Dinwiddie an extension, and at least three others suggested he would be worth more in the unrestricted free-agent market next summer, when a number of teams should be flush with cash. So, by all accounts, he is offering the Nets a hometown discount.
Dinwiddie also has been linked with the point guard-needy Suns. Phoenix now reportedly is looking at a three-way deal that would send Trevor Ariza to the Lakers and ship Los Angeles’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a third team in order to get them their guard.