Chris Paul & Carmelo Anthony Have Early Morning Offseason Workout With LeBron James

Friday, August 9, 2019 7:16 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 7:16 PM UTC

LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, three of the four banana boat crew members may not play together next season but that doesn't stop them from getting in offseason workouts together.

<div><p>James is still one of the best players in the <a href="">NBA</a> but Paul and Anthony are in very different situations right. Once superstars like their friend, CP3 was recently traded to the Thunder and Melo is still a free agent.</p><p>It is nearly impossible for the Lakers to land <a href="" target="_blank">Chris Paul</a> given his contract situation but they could use their additional roster spot on <a href="" target="_blank">Carmelo Anthony</a>.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;\"We got half hoodie CP, full hoodie Melo, and 3/4 hoodie Bron.” 💪😂&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(via &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@KingJames&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@CP3&lt;/a&gt;) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 9, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>The Thunder have tried to trade Paul but he could be on their roster when the new NBA season begins in October.</p><p>Moving CP3 seemed like the next logical step once OKC acquired him in the trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Rockets but the potential market for him has dried up.</p><p>The Thunder worked with Paul and his representatives to find a deal that benefits both sides but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the team and the star point guard believe there are benefits to having him spend the season with them.</p><p>The Westbrook-Paul trade happened far into free agency and not many contenders have the flexibility to take on Paul, who will make $124 million over the next three years. OKC may re-examine their options once most of the newly signed free agents become eligible to be traded on December 15, or after next season ends.</p><p>CP3 averaged career-lows with 15.6 points on 41.9 percent shooting in 32.0 minutes over 58 games with the Rockets last season but he added 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals and shot 35.8 from 3-point range.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Chris Paul’s Best Plays With Rockets! &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— (@Ballislife) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 12, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Carmelo Anthony, on the other hand, is still a free agent and his future in the NBA is up in the air.</p><p>While Anthony has averaged 24.0 points in 1064 career games (1056 starts) with the Nuggets, Knicks, Thunder and Rockets, he hasn't played in an NBA game since November 11, 2018 against the Thunder when he had just two points on 1-for-11 from the field (9.1 percent) and five rebounds over 20 minutes.</p><p>Melo signed a $2.4 million veteran's minimum deal with the Rockets last year but he played just 10 games for them before being traded to the Bulls for the draft rights of Tadija Dragićević. He never played a game in Chicago and was released in January.</p><p>The 10-time All-Star averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game with the Rockets and he looked great at Chris Brickley's Black Ops Basketball Run but teams seem to have given up on him.</p><p>Anthony appeared on ESPN's First Take last Friday and said:</p><p><em>"It strikes me that I'm not on a roster due to my talent, due to my skill. You're telling me </em><em>there's</em><em> 30 teams in the NBA, and I can't make a 15-man roster ... 1,000 percent [I can accept a lesser role]. I can do that.</em></p><p><em>I had to do that, I wasn't willing to do that in Houston because that wasn't what was relayed to me. It was, you are the piece that we need."</em></p><p>As a Carmelo Anthony fan, I hope someone gives him a chance because he can still contribute as a scorer off the bench.</p><p><u><strong>Odds To Win The 2019-20 NBA Championship<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Los Angeles Clippers +435</p><p>Los Angeles Lakers +440</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks +575</p><p>Houston Rockets +675</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers +700</p><p>Golden State Warriors +950</p><p>Utah Jazz +1400</p><p>Denver Nuggets +2000</p><p>Boston Celtics +2800</p><p>Portland Trail Blazers +3300</p><p>Indiana Pacers +5000</p><p>Brooklyn Nets +5000</p><p>Toronto Raptors +6500</p><p>Dallas Mavericks +8500</p><p>San Antonio Spurs +9500</p><p>Miami Heat +10000</p><p>New Orleans Pelicans +10000</p><p>Sacramento Kings +20000</p><p>Orlando Magic +21500</p><p>Atlanta Hawks +27500</p><p>Detroit Pistons +28500</p><p>Minnesota Timberwolves +30000</p><p>Oklahoma City Thunder +35000</p><p>Memphis Grizzlies +50000</p><p>Chicago Bulls +50000</p><p>Phoenix Suns +55000</p><p>New York Knicks +60000</p><p>Washington Wizards +70000</p><p>Cleveland Cavaliers +100000</p><p>Charlotte Hornets +150000</p></div>
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