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Several members of the Brooklyn Nets are in favor of the team signing veteran free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.
Whether the Nets general manager Sean Marks is interested, however, remains to be seen. Right now, the Nets have 15 players under guaranteed contract — though Wilson Chandler is suspended for the first 25 games. That would create a brief opening for the Nets to add another player.
Chandler was just one offseason addition for the Nets, who made a bigger splash by landing both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in July.
Durant and Irving have been “pushing” for the Nets to sign Anthony, as Frank Isola of The Athletic relayed in August.
Anthony, 35, is a 10-time All-Star. He has been working out and playing pickup games with members of the Nets for much of the offseason. He is said to have interest in playing for the Nets or returning to the New York Knicks. He has also been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Anthony is 6-foot-8 and averaged 13.4 points in a 10-game stint with the Houston Rockets last season. But his run with the Rockets ended in November when the team determined he was not a fit. Anthony was traded from the Rockets to the Chicago Bulls later in the season and immediately waived.
He averaged 16.2 points in 78 games with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017-18.
“Teams can have up to 20 players in training camp, so Anthony can be added on a training camp deal, waived prior to the regular season, and then re-signed when Chandler is moved to the inactive list,” Begley wrote.