It’s been nearly a year since Carmelo Anthony has played in the NBA, but he’s not giving up on a potential return to the league. Later today, he’ll actually participate in an informal scrimmage against one of his former teams.
Earlier in the summer, Anthony went on ESPN’s First Take to discuss his career with Stephen A. Smith. The 10-time All-Star made it clear that he’s willing to accept a role off the bench.
Anthony’s time in Houston didn’t last very long. Management decided to stop playing him after just 10 games.
While a return to the NBA isn’t imminent, Anthony is expected to scrimmage against the New York Knicks.
This informal five-on-five scrimmage is supposed to take place at Columbia University. Anthony won’t be the only former player hoping to make a comeback, as he’ll be joined by Hasheem Thabeet.
At this point it seems like nothing more than a scrimmage. Nonetheless, it’s a great opportunity for Anthony to show that he can compete against NBA players at this stage in his career.
In addition to Hasheem Thabeet, Carmelo Anthony is expected to join the New York Knicks’ informal 5-on-5 scrimmages at Columbia University this morning, according to league sources.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) August 29, 2019
Yesterday, Enes Kanter went on FS1’s First Things First to discuss Anthony’s future in the NBA. He believes that the veteran forward can still be a valuable contributor to any team.
Knicks insider Ian Begley confirmed the news.
“Carmelo Anthony will attend the Knicks’ informal 5-on-5 scrimmages today in Manhattan, SNY sources confirm. New York has 15 players on guaranteed deals, so one source said not too read too much into Carmelo’s presence at the workout,” he reports.
With Anthony’s future in the NBA in doubt for now, it’ll be interesting to see if this scrimmage leads to formal workouts with other teams.