Carmelo Anthony has been understanding with members of the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles.
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t performed NBA basketball since November 8, 2018, in a sport in opposition to his former workforce, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
In keeping with a report by SNY’s Ian Begley and Anthony Puccio, Anthony and the Nets have participated in casual exercises.
A 10-time NBA All-Star, Anthony signed with the Houston Rockets this summer time after clearing waivers in a commerce that shipped him from the Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks.
Per Puccio and Begley: It’s unknown if the Nets are one of many groups that Anthony and his representatives have talked to a few potential signing. The membership’s curiosity degree in signing Anthony to a contract can also be unknown.
Melo to Brooklyn from a basketball standpoint is smart.
The Nets have a potent roster with names like Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie complimenting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
The Nets will probably be with out Kevin Durant this season as he recovers from a torn Achilles.
“He may very well be a bench participant asset to play and could also be a great low-cost substitute in a way for KD this season,” Josh Hicks of Chicago’s Regal Radio advised to me this afternoon.
Nonetheless, the Nets have an enormous season forward.
“I’m wanting ahead to it,” Allen informed AM New York’s Derrel Jazz Johnson.
“I really feel like I had a fairly good season final 12 months. I’ve rather a lot to indicate them. I’ve loads of data in my thoughts that I can share with them.”
Shaquille O’Neal likes the new-look Nets as a result of it provides New York one thing to speak about in hoops aside from the New York Knicks.
“Jay-Z gave them slightly steam when he mentioned he was the proprietor,” Shaq informed Scoop B Radio.
“He’s going to be there with KD so they need to make loads of noise. Solely unlucky half for the primary time in New York historical past the Knicks aren’t the necessary workforce. That’s type of humorous to me.”
The Lakers and Carmelo Anthony had mutual pursuits towards the tip of final season — till a mound of LA losses occurred.
The Lakers had fairly a busy offseason. Six gamers returned from final season.
That checklist contains: LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso.
Lakers newcomers embrace: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Inexperienced, Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Quinn Prepare dinner, Troy Daniels and rookie Talen Horton-Tucker.
The Lakers even have a brand new head coach in Frank Vogel and assistant coach in Jason Kidd.
May Carmelo Anthony be the lacking piece? “I feel subsequent season a workforce will presumably deliver him in,” NBA Corridor of Famer, Grant Hill informed me.
The Lakers do have one remaining roster spot and plenty of imagine that Carmelo Anthony nonetheless has some sport left within the tank to compete in opposition to lots of the NBA’s elite.
“His first 12 months within the league, he took a 17-win Nuggets workforce to the Playoffs within the West as a rookie,” mentioned Fox Sports activities’ Chris Broussard.
“He is likely one of the finest 300 gamers on the earth that’s not taking part in,” TNT’s Kenny Smith informed me in April.
“You’ll be able to’t say he’s not top-of-the-line 300 gamers.”
“I don’t know in the event that they bear in mind how good of a participant he was and nonetheless is,” Blake Griffin informed Landon Buford final season.
“Generally it’s the state of affairs. It sucks to see as a basketball participant to see folks act [as if] he’s one thing [that] he’s not.”
Whereas he’s been away from the sport, he’s been spending a ton of time going to his son, Kiyan’s basketball video games.
“He’s an important participant,” New York Knick, Lance Thomas informed me in December.
“He’s an important teammate, most significantly he’s an important human being and he’s all the time been an important advocate for the NBA as a model. So I simply need him to get again on a workforce and play the game he loves that’s paved a manner for him and his household, and he simply likes to play basketball, so I really need him again on a workforce.”