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Carmelo Anthony Rumors: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving 'Pushing' for Nets Deal

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2019

United States’ Carmelo Anthony (15) celebrates with teammate Kevin Durant (5) during a men's semifinal round basketball game against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Brooklyn Nets superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are reportedly "pushing" for the team to sign free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony.

Frank Isola of The Athletic reported the update Thursday as Anthony joins New York Knicks players for informal five-on-five scrimmages in New York City, per Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

The 10-time All-Star's camp "remains optimistic" he'll land an NBA contract, and a Nets source said his recent workouts in Los Angeles, which also featured Irving, "certainly helped his cause" because his "body looked great," according to Isola.

Anthony has been a free agent since the Chicago Bulls waived him in February following a trade from the Houston Rockets. He hasn't played an NBA game since November as the Rockets opted not to play him over his final few months with the franchise.

The 35-year-old Brooklyn native told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith in early August that he hoped to continue his NBA career after taking time to consider his future following his departure from Houston.

"I know I can still play," Anthony said.

Along with the Nets, Anthony also been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers, per Isola.

With Kevin Durant likely to miss the entire 2019-20 season as he recovers from a torn Achilles, Anthony could potentially carve out a meaningful reserve role in Brooklyn.

Anthony has averaged 24.0 points throughout his 16-year career, which ranks 19th in NBA history, but he's yet to prove he can make a positive impact as a secondary contributor rather than a team's top scoring option.