Nets Change Course in Carmelo Anthony Chase: Report

Anthony Davis (right) of the Lakers


Anthony Davis (right) of the Lakers

After an offseason of uncertainty, the Brooklyn Nets can put all the drama and headlines behind them as they prepare to head into training camp on September 27th. At one point, it looked like the Nets were headed for a complete rebuild with Kyrie The future of Irving and Kevin Durant at Brooklyn is uncertain. Despite everything that has happened within the franchise over the past few months, the Nets are in an ideal position.

Brooklyn will finally debut their all-star trifecta of Irving, Durant and Ben Simmons and is now looking to complete their roster as they near their season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 19.

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Networks stop pursuit of Carmelo Anthony

Bally Sports’ Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson in early September reported that the Nets were at the top of the list of contenders pursuing 10-time All-Star veteran Carmelo Anthony. The insider also noted that the free agent forward had mutual interest over his desire to be close to his son.

“Carmelo Anthony had a desire to be in NYC to be close to his son Kiyan Anthony’s progress.” Robinson tweeted on Sept. 2. “The youngest Anthony is beginning his sophomore year at Christ The King High School in Queens, NY. Carmelo Anthony maintains a residence in Manhattan”

However, in a dramatic turn of events, the insider now reports that the Nets have slowed their pursuit of the former Lakers forward, citing Brooklyn’s front office as trying to round out their list with “a vocal leader” this season.

“Carmelo Anthony’s name hasn’t been mentioned in Nets country lately, I’m told.” Scoop B tweeted on Sept. 22. “I was put this way, ‘Nets are looking for a vocal leader in the locker room.'”

Warriors named as a potential target for Carmelo

An All-NBA forward, 10-time All-Star and leading scorer, Carmelo has had a successful NBA career. But one thing that has eluded him is winning his first NBA title. Out of the star-studded 2003 NBA draft class, highlighted by himself, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, he is the only one of the four who never reached an NBA Finals, let alone won a championship.

And at 38, the window for him to win his first ring is closing fast. Reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors could be a potential landing spot for Anthony that would undoubtedly give him his best shot at a title.

“It would be a nice story if he could win a ring there to end his career,” an NBA GM told Heavy Sports in July.

“Golden State has the room for him. He can take shots and they can hide his defenses, which is one of the big issues with adding him. He would take the minimum. They have a lot of young guys in their roster, they could use another veteran and those guys all know Carmelo from Team USA. I don’t know if they would really take that leap on him, but it makes sense.”

The Nets will have many young players in their roster this season, including Cam Thomas, Day’Ron Sharpe and Nicolas Claxton. Anthony has played in the New York market, and as a 20-year veteran, he could bode well for being a mentor to Brooklyn’s younger players. Nets Change Course in Carmelo Anthony Chase: Report

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