Report: Carmelo Anthony Has Been Working Out, Scrimmaging with Nets Players

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 14, 2019

Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Members of the Brooklyn Nets reportedly are lending a helping hand to Carmelo Anthony in his quest to return to the NBA.

Per SNY's Ian Begley and Anthony Puccio, Anthony has been taking part in "informal team workouts and scrimmages" in Los Angeles with Nets players.

Anthony's last appearance in an NBA game was for the Houston Rockets on Nov. 8, 2018. General manager Daryl Morey announced one week later the 10-time All-Star wouldn't play for the team. He was traded to the Chicago Bulls in January but was waived on Feb. 1 before appearing in a game. 

In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on First Take, Anthony insisted he still wants to play and will take on a smaller role to make an NBA roster:

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"I felt like the game didn’t love me back at that point. … Now, I love the game too much to be away from it." –Carmelo Anthony on his free agency (via @FirstTake) https://t.co/rCXr0ZBu5z

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Anthony also said his representatives have reached out to multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. He didn't specify if the Nets were on that list.

Begley and Puccio added it's unknown if the Nets, who already have 15 players under contract, have any interest in signing Anthony. 

Brooklyn is building a roster to win now thanks to the signings of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, though Durant isn't expected to play next season while rehabbing his ruptured Achilles suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. 

Anthony averaged a career-low 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets last season.