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Veteran forward Carmelo Anthony and shooting guard Vince Carter could be backup options for the New York Knicks in free agency, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.
Either player would merely be brought in to help mentor the team’s younger players, including No. 3 overall draft pick R.J. Barrett, Begley reported.
Anthony was benched after just 10 games with the Houston Rockets this past season and has not played since November. He was traded to the Chicago Bulls in February and immediately waived.
The 10-time All-Star averaged averaged 13.4 points in his stint with the Rockets. He was traded by the Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to the 2017-18 season, but the Knicks are under new management with Scott Perry as general manager and David Fizdale as head coach.
Carter, 42, appeared in 76 games with the Atlanta Hawks last season and averaged 7.4 points. He garnered high praise for helping to create a strong culture and willingness to work with the Hawks’ young core.
While Begley listed the Los Angeles Lakers as the most likely destination, should Anthony sign anywhere
Plus, the Knicks are aiming to bring in higher profile free agents such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving or Kawhi Leonard. So bringing Anthony back seems to be a long shot — but still, perhaps, a shot.
“Anthony would have interest in signing with the Knicks and finishing his career in New York, despite how his Knicks tenure ended,” Begley wrote. “It’s worth noting that Anthony handled the spotlight of New York incredibly well during the team’s success and failures while he was here.”
Both Anthony and Carter are restricted free agents.