Anthony Puccio and Ian Begley, writing for SNY, report that free agent Carmelo Anthony has been working out and scrimmaging with Nets players in Los Angeles. Anthony, 35, has been seeking a new home after being benched by Houston, then traded to Chicago and waived last season. He played only 10 games with Houston and had his best game, 28 points and four rebounds, vs. Brooklyn on November 11.
Melo, of course, played eight seasons with the Knicks.
The Nets roster is maxed out at 15 but the team could, in theory, add a veteran player on a non-guaranteed training camp contract. Two-way deals are limited to players with four years or less of NBA experience.
Pooch and Begley do not suggest that the Nets are about to sign Anthony just that he’s been working out with Brooklyn players...
The Nets have gathered in Los Angeles for informal workouts recently. Nets guard Caris LeVert said on ESPN’s The Jump earlier this month that new Net Kyrie Irving organized the workouts.
One league source described the workouts as merely “friends working out with friends.”
In addition to LeVert and Irving, several other Nets are believed to be in southern California. Joe Harris is scrimmaging with Team USA, Kevin Durant has been rehabbing at a friend’s home in L.A. and David Nwaba lives in the City of Angels.
Players from other teams are also working out with the group, the Post reported.
Anthony said last week in an interview on First Take that he and his representatives have been in touch with several teams, including the Lakers and Clippers, about potentially signing a contract for the coming season, according to SNY.
It is unknown if the Nets are one of the teams that Anthony and his representatives have talked to about a potential signing, Pooch and Begley report.
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