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Nets GM Addresses Possibility Of Adding Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony smiling while on the bench for Team USA.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Carmelo Anthony #15 of United States reacts on the bench during the game agaisnt Venezuela in the men's preliminary round group A game 19 on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 1 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The team most often floated as a potential landing spot for Carmelo Anthony won't rule out the possibility of signing him. On Tuesday, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks was asked about the possibility of adding the 10-time All-Star to his bench.

Anthony has some powerful allies on the Nets' roster already. It has been previously reported that the team's two massive off-season additions, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, both support signing Melo.

Durant's injury, which is likely going to cost him the entire 2019-20 season, could help open the door for the veteran forward. If it does happen, the key may ultimately be the 25-game suspension that forward Wilson Chandler faces.

The Nets will be able to add another player after five games of the suspension. When asked, Marks wouldn't rule out Anthony being that guy, though he wouldn't address him specifically either.

From SNY:

"I will say we will do our due diligence on everybody. We've looked at multiple players, we've brought in several players, whether it was throughout the summer for pickup and they've come in on their own accord," Marks said. "It's documented that guys were playing together in L.A. (with Anthony), so for us, I think we'll use our Exhibit 10s, we'll use training camp in which to try and figure it out, whether it's two-way spots and so forth. We'll use that to figure out where we go."

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"We'll be watching the market all over the place. If it's somebody we can bring into camp, great. If not, I think we will definitely do our due diligence," the Nets GM said.

Carmelo Anthony has some interesting connections to the Nets throughout the years. He was born in Brooklyn, and back when he was looking to get out of Denver, the Nets were often discussed as a potential landing spot. Ultimately, he wound up going to the Knicks one borough over, while the Nets, then still in New Jersey, made a trade for Utah Jazz All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

There have been many twists and turns since then, but the Nets, with the backing of their two new stars, may be his best opportunity to get back in the league and finish out his career, after being cast aside early last year by the Houston Rockets.

[SNY]