Lakers rumours: Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard named targets for nets

Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony


Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony

Two Los Angeles Lakers stars have been named as targets for an Eastern Conference contender.

Heavy’s Sean Deveney spoke to an Eastern Conference executive who said Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony would be a good fit for the Brooklyn Nets.

“They need another big guy, but they don’t feel a lot of pressure to fill that spot,” the manager told Deveney. “There are veterans they can sign this month or even early next month. Dwight Howard would be the obvious one, maybe Hassan Whiteside. Cody Zeller is out there too. They want to see what they have with Nic Claxton, but they also want insurance there.

“And they’re going to play[Ben]Simmons in small-ball lineups quite a lot there. I would expect them to keep 14 guys, keep one spot open. There has been talk of signing Carmelo Anthony, perhaps as a nod to Kevin Durant, but obviously that hasn’t caught on, at least not yet.”

Howard averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds while last season he shot 61.2% from the field and 65.8% from the free throw line. The Lakers signed centers Damian Jones and Thomas Bryant in free agency this offseason, so Howard may not have a place in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Anthony appeared in 69 games for the Lakers in 2021-22. The experienced swingman averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists when shooting 44.1% from the ground, 37.5% from beyond the arc and 83.0% from the free throw line. He is close friends with LeBron James, who signed a two-year extension with Los Angeles on August 18.

Howard would like to play for nets

Howard, who appeared in 60 games for the Lakers last season, recounted Bally Sports’ Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson on July 26 that he would “love to” play for the Nets. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent.

However, it’s worth noting that Howard told reporters during his exit interview in April that he would like to re-sign with the Lakers, who won just 33 games in 2021-22.

“Do I want to come back? Why would I want to go? I want to be cemented somewhere. I love being here. I love the fans” said Howard. “I just would like an opportunity where I can really go out and go out with a bang. I only have a few years left. So I want an opportunity where I can go out there and show my skills and my talent and do it the right way but also win. I feel like I deserve it.”

Howard, who will be 37 in the 2022/23 season, averaged just 16.2 minutes per game last season, the lowest of his illustrious career. However, his stats per 36 minutes were pretty good. The two-time block champion averaged 13.8 points and 13.2 rebounds per 36 minutes.

Anthony on Lakers: “It was another chapter for me”

On April 11, Anthony spoke ESPN’s Dave McMenamin about his experience with the Lakers, the missed the playoffs last season. The one-time champion scorer scored 20+ points 11 times for Los Angeles, proving he’s still a talented scorer off the bench.

“That was another chapter for me,” Anthony told McMenamin. “I can say I’ve experienced it. … I can finally tick the box – played with Bron. Played with AD. On paper we had – on paper we were phenomenal. I personally had a good year, personally. As for the luck and opportunity to go out and compete and be able to do my part to do my part on this team. There were good days, there were bad days, but we got through it and I got through it.”

The Nets are currently dealing with Kevin Durant’s trade request. They are not expected to take any free action until this situation is resolved. Lakers rumours: Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard named targets for nets

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