Mayday, Mayday: Carmelo Anthony continues to be a free agent!
I repeat: Carmelo Anthony is STILL an NBA free agent.
Consideration: Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Warmth, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers, should you’re studying this, get on it!
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t performed NBA basketball since November 8, 2018 in a sport in opposition to his former crew, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
A 10-time NBA All-Star, Anthony signed with the Houston Rockets final summer season after clearing waivers in a commerce that shipped him from the Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks. After signing with the Rockets he was later traded to the Chicago Bulls earlier than the NBA’s buying and selling deadline.
Million Greenback Query: The place ought to Melo go?
“The place that desires him,” newly retired NBA legend, Dwyane Wade tells me.
“The place that’s going to permit him to be Melo and perceive that he nonetheless can play the sport of basketball.”
The Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony had mutual pursuits towards the tip of final season — till a mound of LA losses occurred. The crew has had fairly a busy offseason up to now, and 6 gamers returned from final season.
That record consists of: LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso.
Lakers newcomers embody: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, Danny Inexperienced, Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook 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.
Carmelo Anthony has been understanding with members of the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles this summer season.
The Lakers do have one closing roster spot and lots 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 crew to the playoffs within the West as a rookie,” stated Fox Sports activities’ Chris Broussard.
“He is likely one of the finest 300 gamers on this planet that’s not enjoying,” TNT’s Kenny Smith instructed me in April. “You’ll be able to’t say he’s not among the best 300 gamers.”
Melo to Brooklyn from a basketball standpoint additionally does make sense.
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 seemingly be with out Durant this season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
“Positively need to see him get again into the league,” Dwyane Wade tells me of Carmelo Anthony.
“However you additionally need to see him to get again to a spot the place they’ll enable Melo to play the sport he loves the way in which that Melo can.”
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.
“I don’t know in the event that they keep in mind how good of a participant he was and nonetheless is,” Blake Griffin instructed Landon Buford final season. “Typically it’s the state of affairs. It sucks to see as a basketball participant to see individuals act [as if] he’s one thing [that] he’s not.”