Shams Charania reports that the Nets are “unlikely” to sign Carmelo Anthony, but are looking at other names, including Lance Thomas, Luol Deng, Dante Cunningham and C.J. Williams. All but Williams are stretch 4’s who could fill in while the Nets wait on Wilson Chandler and Rodions Kurucs.
After losing Wilson Chandler to a 25-game suspension, Anthony and players such as Dante Cunningham, Lance Thomas and Luol Deng emerged as viable options to sign. There’s been a sense around the Nets that players are hopeful to bring in Anthony, but the trust belongs with the front office.
However, the Nets are very unlikely to sign Anthony as of now, league sources told The Athletic.
It appears more likely that the team will decide to sign players it has worked out over the past few weeks, such as Thomas and former Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers forward CJ Williams, sources said. The Nets have two roster spots left.
Charania also reveals that the Nets intend to keep Chandler and while he is suspended give another player a chance to win his spot.
Brooklyn is planning as of now to keep Chandler on the roster through his 25-game suspension, league sources said, which would allow the team to recoup over $580,000 in unpaid salary and sign a player with a 16th roster spot for the final 20 games of his suspension. If the Nets decide to keep said player past those 20 games, they could then release Chandler to open a roster spot.
Of the players Charania mentioned, only Williams can be dropped into a two-way contract since only he has more than four years NBA experience. Williams is 29. The others are all veterans with . Thomas, late of the Knicks, is 31; Cunningham is 32 and Deng 34.
- Charania’s Inside Pass: Carmelo Anthony still on the outside looking in, Chris Paul trade rumblings and more NBA notes - Shams Charania - The Athletic