Carmelo Anthony is still without an NBA team. Team USA turned him down for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this summer, and Anthony seems like a long shot to return to an NBA floor in 2019-20
Teams have reportedly been staying away from Anthony, and even franchises like the Los Angeles Lakers don’t appear to have interest in the former star. But that hasn’t stopped the 35-year-old former scoring champion from working out with other NBA players and trying to get his name back out there.
In a report that surfaced this week, Anthony had apparently taken part in one of the many workouts that happen in L.A. among various NBA players. This one just happened to be including several Brooklyn Nets, sending fans of New York’s other team wondering whether Anthony could be on their team’s radar.
Ten-time All-Star and free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has been participating in informal team workouts and scrimmages with Brooklyn Nets players in Los Angeles recently, per SNY sources.
Would Carmelo fit with what the Nets are trying to build the season? They don’t have Kevin Durant, so this is probably going to be the Kyrie Irving show for the coming year. Would Anthony really hurt the development of other players on this team? That is for the Brooklyn brass to ponder.
Then again, it seems like players across all teams are friends these days, and it doesn’t matter who they play for. Everyone is hanging out in Los Angeles and working out together. The fact that Anthony was working out with Nets players could simply be a function of who he is friends with.
I’m still doubtful Anthony ends up permanently on an NBA team this year. If LeBron James doesn’t want him on the Lakers, it seems like nobody might want him.
Report: No second bubble, scrimmages or practices for other eight NBA teams
There is growing belief among the NBA’s eight franchises not in Orlando that a second bubble site being built for minicamps and intrasquad scrimmages will not happen, sources tell The Athletic. There is pessimism about in-market minicamps for group workouts happening as well.
“There’s nothing happening,” one GM told The Athletic after a Tuesday call between the eight GMs and league officials. “It’s a shame. It’s a huge detriment to these eight franchises that were left behind.”
I’m so sick of some of these eight teams whining. They’re not playing because they weren’t good enough to qualify for the resumption. Deal with it. Every year, some teams get eliminated before others. This is different in degree, not kind.
That wouldn’t necessarily be the case for the other eight teams. Maybe there’s value in fulfilling local TV contracts, but the remaining games are a poor product. Scrimmages and practices would be even less marketable. Impending free agents especially have little reason to care about continuing.
I understand why many of the eight teams want to do something. But it’s probably just not worth it.
Memphis’ Jaren Jackson Jr. out for season with torn left meniscus
Even with the short offseason, Jackson should be ready to play at the start of next season.
This is a serious blow to the Grizzlies, who are 0-3 in the bubble and now just lost their best player through those three games. He has been the best source of offense for the Grizzlies in the bubble, feasting on defenders who cannot match his speed.
Jackson, a 6’11” big out of Michigan State, averaged 17.4 points and 4.6 rebounds a game this season, shooting 39.4% from three. He’s still developing, but he looks like a classic modern big — can protect the rim, can post up or make plays from the elbow, and can shoot the three — who is developing a strong chemistry with Ja Morant. They could be the cornerstones of the Grizzlies’ future.
First, Jackson has to get healthy.
Watch Devin Booker drain turnaround game-winner to beat Clippers
Ivica Zubac opened the door for Booker to win it. The Suns had the ball with 31 seconds to go and the Clippers — Kawhi Leonard in particular — defended it well, forcing Ricky Rubio into a difficult, high-arcing shot he missed. Zubac did a good job grabbing the rebound, but then he hurried the outlet pass and Mikal Bridges tipped it, Deandre Ayton grabbed it, and the Suns got to reset and take one more shot.
Devin Booker took the final shot, a game-winner. That man is a problem.
Obviously, Milwaukee is way better than Brooklyn overall. But the Bucks didn’t have much incentive to chase a victory. They’ve already all but clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Starters Brook Lopez and Wesley Matthews didn’t play. Stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton didn’t play in the second half.
That created an opening for the Nets, who blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead then rallied to win.
What they lacked in talent, both teams made up for in effort – and feistiness.
Antetokounmpo was restrained from Brooklyn big Donta Hall after getting knocked down during a second-quarter tussle for a rebound: