Despite murmurs of a potential union, the Brooklyn Nets are reportedly unlikely to sign New York-native Carmelo Anthony.
Once upon a time, Carmelo Anthony dominated a full week of news within the Brooklyn Nets‘ community. Well, pour one out for the former New York Knicks superstar. The Melo-to-Brooklyn storyline appears to be on its last legs.
In his recent NBA wrapup column, Shams Charania of The Athletic dropped Thor’s hammer on Melo’s homecoming in Brooklyn.
“The Nets are very unlikely to sign Anthony as of now, league sources told The Athletic,” wrote Charania.
Charania mentioned that multiple Nets players were still hoping to bring Melo aboard, but they ultimately trusted Brooklyn’s front office with the final decision.
With Wilson Chandler suspended 25 games due to a PED red flag, Brooklyn has the option to add a 16th player to the roster during the duration of Chalder’s absence (as previously indicated by ESPN’s Bobby Marks). It is more than likely that the Nets will fill this spot with a big-bodied free-agent forward, given the Chandler and Rodions Kurucs-sized hole at the four.
Shams mentioned that former Net Dante Cunningham, Lance Thomas, and Luol Deng were options that the front office may or may not be mulling over. More importantly, sources told Charania that the Nets had worked out Thomas and former Clippers’ forward CJ Williams in recent weeks. All signs point to Sean Marks signing one of those recently evaluated players, per Shams.
For those of you whose Brooklyn Nets interests cross over with Carmelo Anthony fantasies, I offer my condolences. But given all of the media attention that Melo garnered (all without a peep from Brooklyn’s front office), it’s easy to see why the Nets never really moved forward. Even before the talks could pick up steam, Carmelo Anthony became a huge distraction for a team that likes to lie low in the midst of media scrutiny.
It just wasn’t a match made in heaven. Hopefully, Carmelo Anthony’s time will soon come. After all, he does deserve a second chance.