Analyst Doesn't Expect Carmelo Anthony To Sign With An NBA Team For Now

Analyst Doesn't Expect Carmelo Anthony To Sign With An NBA Team For Now

Anthony is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history and despite looking good in workout videos, returning to the league seems like an uphill climb for him.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium wrote an article explaining why the Nets, the only team linked to Anthony recently, won’t sign him:

“Meanwhile, the free agency of Carmelo Anthony continues, with NBA teams and even USA Basketball passing on bringing in the 10-time All-Star this summer. The Athletic’s NBA Inside Pass did a breakdown of Anthony’s situation in late July, and not much has changed beyond external hope and speculation.

Several of the clear fits, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, have full rosters. Anthony is awaiting the call, and one union that appeared to have legs was with the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn added two stars and champions in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this offseason, so the electricity around the franchise is palpable.

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.”

Carmelo Anthony recently played against two-time NBA champion and new Lakers guard Danny Green and he flashed shot creation ability and was able to make jumpers from all over the court while also dunking, just like in his best days. A potential new team won’t give Anthony so much responsibility but seeing that he is still a skilled offensive performer against a quality NBA defender is encouraging.

The video also evidences that Melo looks slimmer and with an explosive first step for his age. There were conditioning concerns about him in recent years so teams in need of a scorer off the bench should at least consider him for a veteran’s minimum deal.

Melo has averaged 24.0 points in 1064 career games (1056 starts) with the Nuggets, Knicks, Thunder and Rockets but he hasn’t played in the NBA since November 11, 2018 against the Thunder when he scored just two points on 1-for-11 from the field (9.1 percent) and grabbed five rebounds over 20 minutes.

He signed a $2.4 million veteran’s minimum deal with the Rockets last season but he played just 10 games for them before being traded to the Bulls for the draft rights of Tadija Dragievi. Anthony never played a game with the Bulls and was released in January. The 10-time NBA All-Star averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game with the Rockets.

The 35-year-old had an early morning training session with LeBron James and Chris Paul on August 9, has participated in informal scrimmages with Nets players in Los Angeles and unofficially scrimmaged with the Knicks. He also looked great at Chris Brickley’s Black Ops Basketball Run and as mentioned above, faced Danny Green.

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