NBA teams are opening their training camps in a few weeks and there might be a chance that Carmelo Anthony is on a roster.
Last month, Melo made an emotional plea on ESPN’s First Take saying that he still wanted to play basketball.
Melo went on to work out with several Nets players this offseason in L.A but the team was still not interested in signing him.
According to a report from Ian Begley, Nets players are continuing to lobby the team to sigh Melo before the start of the season.
Via SNY TV
The Nets open training camp in 10 days and several Brooklyn players remain fully in favor of the club signing free agent Carmelo Anthony, per SNY sources.
Unfortunately signing Melo could be tricky for the Nets but they do have options.
The Nets enter camp with 15 players on guaranteed contracts, which is the maximum regular-season allotment. But there is an avenue for the club to sign Anthony to a traditional NBA deal during the regular season.
Wilson Chandler is suspended for the first 25 games of the season for violating the league’s PED policy. After the fifth game of Chandler’s suspension, the Nets can move the veteran forward to the inactive list.
This would allow them to add Anthony — or another player — to the roster on a traditional NBA deal. Once Chandler’s suspension ends, the Nets would have to cut one of their players on a traditional NBA deal in order to keep Anthony in this scenario.
The Nets can also add Anthony on a training camp deal at any point in order for him to participate in camp and preseason games. Brooklyn has 17 players under contract at the moment.
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.
Of course, this assumes that Nets GM Sean Marks is in favor of signing Anthony. The Nets’ interest in signing him is unknown, but the idea that several Nets players continue to strongly support the idea is noteworthy.
We’ll have to wait and see if Melo gets signed this season but as of now there doesn’t seem to be much interest from teams around the league.