For a guy who can't find an National Basketball Association job or even get a look from a depleted Team USA, Carmelo Anthony has his supporters. Anthony is reportedly joining the Knicks for an informal five-on-five scrimmage as the team considers a potential return for Melo.
Isola reported Thursday that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are "pushing" the Nets to sign the 10-time All-Star.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant apparently are intent on reincarnating Team USA in Brooklyn. If Dwight Howard can get a non-protected contract, Carmelo Anthony is certainly worth that much, at least.
While the Nets appear to be showing an extreme interest in the Brooklyn-born Anthony, they have some competition nearby - that would be because the New York Knicks are now hosting Anthony for workouts and allowing him to participate in 5-on-5 scrimmages with the current roster, as originally reported by Ian Begley of SNY. He was released by the Houston Rockets after just 10 games last season and hasn't been able to find another job since then. Durant will miss most of the season while he nurses a ruptured Achilles. There's no telling if this will lead to a workout with his former team. The veteran spent six-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks.
After the news broke of Wilson Chandler's suspension yesterday, the Brooklyn Nets are in need of some depth in the frontcourt. NY won one playoff series during that time.
He's an aging star who has developed a reputation for caring more about scoring points than playing defense or being a team player willing to concede a starting role or shot attempts.