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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony is back on an NBA roster.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the former Knick is signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 10-time All-Star last played for the Rockets last season, though he played just 10 games with Houston. Prior to that, he spent the 2017-18 season with the Thunder.

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Former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he '2000%' still wants to play in the NBA and is surprised that he's not on a roster.

Ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony last played for the Houston Rockets in 2018, where after just 10 games he was traded to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 22, 2019 before being waived on Feb. 1.

After the rest of the 2018-2019 season went by, many thought Anthony would have signed with a team over the summer and already be back on an NBA court this season. But strangely enough, the 2013 NBA scoring champion is still a free agent.

On Thursday at the 25th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit by the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, Anthony was in attendance as an honoree and expressed his desire to get back in the NBA when asked by media.

"2000 percent. Make that the headline," Anthony said.

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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A few notes and observations from Knicks training camp on Thursday:

RJ Barrett spent some time talking to Hall of Famer Bernard King on Thursday.

King didn't want to reveal too much about the conversation, but he seems impressed by the Knicks' No. 3 overall pick.

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David Fizdale plans to use Julius Randle all over the floor this season. 

"I'm gonna have him handling pick-and-roll. I'm gonna have him setting pick-and-rolls. He'll post and (isolate) and I'll run pindowns for him, cross-screens and pindowns. For a guy like that with that kind of talent I wanna move him around and utilize the skillset from different parts of the floor," Fizdale said Wednesday. 

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Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Count Lance Thomas among the NBA players who are surprised that Carmelo Anthony isn't on an NBA roster. 

"I think he deserves to end up on a team. A guy of his caliber is someone who has always been a standup guy in the league. He's given amazing basketball memories to the NBA, has affected almost every teammate he's ever had in a positive way, and always has a smile on his face," Thomas said Friday at Nets Media Day. "I think he does deserve to play on a team. I think it's unfortunate what's happening. But you're not going to take the smile off his face even if you tried."

Thomas signed with the Nets on Friday. His addition puts Brooklyn's roster entering training camp at 20 players - the maximum allowed under NBA guidelines. So the Nets would need to waive someone to add Anthony, which seems unlikely at this point. 

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Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Carmelo Anthony (7) plays the ball against New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Count Lance Thomas among the NBA players who are surprised that Carmelo Anthony isn't on an NBA roster. 

"I think he deserves to end up on a team. A guy of his caliber is someone who has always been a standup guy in the league. He's given amazing basketball memories to the NBA, has affected almost every teammate he's ever had in a positive way, and always has a smile on his face," Thomas said Friday at Nets Media Day. "I think he does deserve to play on a team. I think it's unfortunate what's happening. But you're not going to take the smile off his face even if you tried."

Thomas signed with the Nets on Friday. His addition puts Brooklyn's roster entering training camp at 20 players - the maximum allowed under NBA guidelines. So the Nets would need to waive someone to add Anthony, which seems unlikely at this point. 

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Ian Begley talked to Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Houston Rockets on Carmelo Anthony's tenure and Knicks owner James Dolan.

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Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta spoke to SNY on Friday to promote his new book, 'Shut up and Listen', which provides advice for business entrepreneurs. He answered questions about the book, ex-Knick Carmelo Anthony's Rockets tenure, Knicks and Nets ownership and other topics. 

Below is a Q&A with Fertitta, condensed and edited for clarity.

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Ian Begley talked to Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Houston Rockets on Carmelo Anthony's tenure and Knicks owner James Dolan.

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Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta spoke to SNY on Friday to promote his new book, 'Shut up and Listen', which provides advice for business entrepreneurs. He answered questions about the book, ex-Knick Carmelo Anthony's Rockets tenure, Knicks and Nets ownership and other topics. 

Below is a Q&A with Fertitta, condensed and edited for clarity.

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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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.

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.

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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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.

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.

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New York Knicks' Courtney Lee, left, and Derrick Rose stand on the court during a free throw attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 106-98. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) (Darren Abate/AP)
New York Knicks' Courtney Lee, left, and Derrick Rose stand on the court during a free throw attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 106-98. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) (Darren Abate/AP)

Derrick Rose spent one tumultuous season with the Knicks after being traded to New York before the 2016-17 season, performing relatively well when on the court while literally going AWOL off the court.

In a new book, the 30-year-old Rose -- now with the Pistons -- writes about his Knicks tenure, including thoughts on Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony, and Steve Mills.

"With the basketball, the way Phil had talked, and with Jo (Joakim Noah) and Melo, I really thought we were going to do something," Rose wrote in "I'll Show You," coauthored by Sam Smith, according to an excerpt published by the New York Post. "But when it came to the basketball, I knew right away that we were s--t."

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

With newly-acquired Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving reportedly "pushing" the Nets to take a look at Carmelo Anthony, the question remains: What would the 10-time All-Star think about continuing his NBA career in Brooklyn?

Thanks to a video posted by TMZ on Sunday, we may have an answer. 

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Carmelo Anthony will attend the Knicks' informal 5-on-5 scrimmages today in Manhattan, SNY sources confirm.

Anthony, a former Knick and 10-time All-Star, has also worked out with the Nets in an informal setting during the offseason.

Anthony is a free agent and said in a recent interview on ESPN's First Take that his representation has been in touch with several teams about a potential landing spot, including the Clippers and Lakers. He was waived by the Houston Rockets last season after playing 10 games.

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Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ten-time All-Star and free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has been participating in informal team workouts and scrimmages with Brooklyn Nets players in Los Angeles recently, per SNY sources.

Anthony, who played 10 games with the Houston Rockets last season before being released, 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.

It is unknown if the Nets are one of the teams that Anthony and his representatives have talked to about a potential signing. The club's interest level in signing Anthony to a contract is also unknown.

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Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ten-time All-Star and free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has been participating in informal team workouts and scrimmages with Brooklyn Nets players in Los Angeles recently, per SNY sources.

Anthony, who played 10 games with the Houston Rockets last season before being released, 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.

It is unknown if the Nets are one of the teams that Anthony and his representatives have talked to about a potential signing. The club's interest level in signing Anthony to a contract is also unknown.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Still hoping to land with a team for the upcoming season, former Knick Carmelo Anthony went on ESPN First Take on Friday morning to discuss a host of topics, including almost bolting the Knicks for the Bulls in 2014 before eventually re-signing.

"The New York Knicks situation, I was going to Chicago," Anthony said. "Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah. I was there. I was there. And then I started getting whispers behind the scenes -- 'yo, look, this person ain't gonna be there' . ... all of that started to come up in the midst of my decision. I wasn't gonna let anything cloud that. I met with New York last. They was the last time I met with because I knew that I was ready to move on from that situation because of what I was dealing with and going through in New York. After that, I met with New York the last meeting and said 'tell me what you're gonna do for the organization, for us to try to put a team together to go compete and try to win."

After that meeting and a lot of things the Knicks promised, Anthony made his decision to stay.

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Mar 28, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals of the west regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Mar 28, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals of the west regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

The Knicks have worked out several prospects at their facility in Tarrytown in the past few weeks. They'll work out several more - including Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver on Wednesday - ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft. 

Mississippi State's Quindarry Weatherspoon and Aric Holman were in the gym on Monday. They gave SNY a rundown of the workout, which included an on-court message from David Fizdale and a lunch-time conversation with general manager Scott Perry

Here's a look at Monday's workout: 

There were six players in the gym. The day started with some medical testing and on-court testing. From there, the players did some ball-handling work, light conditioning, transition and shooting drills. Some Knicks assistant coaches were on the court for the workout and most of the scouting staff and front office was in the gym to watch. 

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

For all the suffering the Knicks faithful has had to endure over the years, one place where New York has generally exceeded expectations is the NBA Draft.

Last year's second round pick, Mitchell Robinson, looks like the Knicks' best prospect. Taking Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in 2015 was clearly the right move, despite how that relationship played out. 

However, the Knicks have also had their share of busts and blunders, moments the franchise can learn from as the calendar flips to June. New York has the third overall pick, its best shot at a future star since Patrick Ewing and arguably one of the most important selections in team history. Here are some lessons they can draw from past miscues to make the right decision this time around.

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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks fans cheer against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks fans cheer against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Former Knick David Lee believes the key to success in New York is for everyone - the organization, fans and media - to take a patient approach. 

"Everybody, whether it be the fans or the media in New York, want to get everything done overnight," Lee said in an interview on Anthony Donahue's podcast, 33rd and 7th. 

"You saw it the other night (during the NBA Draft Lottery) with the Zion Williamson situation.

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Moments after the original NBA Draft Lottery, back when the basketball gods or conspiracy or whatever you want to believe gifted Patrick Ewing to the Knicks, Dave DeBusschere talked about how antsy he got before it all played out. 

"I couldn't listen to the commissioner; I was very nervous," the then-Knicks exec said on the television broadcast. 

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony recently did not rule out a possible reunion with the Knicks, but one of his former teammates wonders if he would ever want to go back. 

Marcus Camby, who played with Anthony in Denver for five seasons and in 2012-13 in New York, believes Anthony was treated unfairly during his time with the Knicks compared to some other players. 

The former center defended his ex-teammate during an appearance on the 33rd and Seventh podcast. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Could Carmelo Anthony re-join the Knicks if Kevin Durant signs with New York this summer?

The former Knicks' star isn't ruling it out.

"I have to see what's going on," he said with a smile when asked by SNY.tv on Sunday at the Nike EYBL stop here.

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The summer of 2010 was going to be the Knicks' summer. 

Finally. 

After years -- make that decades -- of bloated payroll and anemic win totals, things were going to change. The change started in 2008 with the hiring of former Pacers exec Donnie Walsh, who made it his top priority to clear cap space, something the Knicks had never done in the era of free agency. He dealt Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph, the team's two top scorers, in the season's first month, with the focus firmly on the summer of 2010, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amaré Stoudemire would all be free agents. The big-ticket guys always talked about how much they loved playing in Madison Square Garden -- now one, or even two, of them could make the World's Most Famous arena their home for max money.

Well, we all know what happened next.

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Bulls officially waived Carmelo Anthony on Friday, clearing the way for the former Knicks All-Star to become a free agent. 

Among the potential landing spots for Anthony, the Los Angeles Lakers remain a "real possibility," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi. 

Anthony joining forces with LeBron James has been widely speculated for quite some time and it is inching closer to a reality. 

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Former Knicks and current Bulls forward Carmelo Anthony received a standing ovation during a stoppage of play in Sunday's Knicks-Heat game at Madison Square Garden.

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

Current Rockets and former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be traded to the Chicago Bulls and then released, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anthony, who hasn't played since Nov. 8, will not play for the Bulls. The Bulls plan to release him should they not trade him by the league's Feb. 7 trade deadline, according to Wojnarowski. If he is released and clears waivers, he would become a free agent.

Houston signed Anthony to a one-year, $2.4 million league minimum deal after he was waived following a three-team deal involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks.

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets officially waived forward/center Kenneth Faried on Saturday, which may expedite the process for Carmelo Anthony to be traded. 

The Houston Rockets are expected to sign Faried and insert him into the lineup immediately, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but must open up a roster spot by 5 p.m. ET on Monday to do so. 

While Anthony has not played for the Rockets since Nov. 8, he is still under contract and Houston is "aggressively working" to trade the 34-year-old forward by that deadline, according to Wojnarowski, who also added on Saturday that they do not plan to waive Anthony. 

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets officially waived forward/center Kenneth Faried on Saturday, which may expedite the process for Carmelo Anthony to be traded. 

The Houston Rockets are expected to sign Faried and insert him into the lineup immediately, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but must open up a roster spot by 5 p.m. ET on Monday to do so. 

While Anthony has not played for the Rockets since Nov. 8, he is still under contract and Houston is "aggressively working" to trade the 34-year-old forward by that deadline, according to Wojnarowski, who also added on Saturday that they do not plan to waive Anthony. 

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks and current Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reportedly has "multiple options available" and is expected to join a new team by the Feb. 7 trade deadline, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.

Anthony, who last played on Nov. 8, is still on Houston's payroll on a one-year, $2.4 million minimum deal he signed after he and the Atlanta Hawks agreed to a buyout over the summer.

It is unclear, according to Amick, if Anthony would be traded or would be waived and then signed.

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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Ron Baker is Ron Burgundy? 

The former Knicks guard was recently cut by the team in order to add Allonzo Trier on an NBA contract, but the 25-year-old seems to be taking it all in stride. 

On Friday, Baker showed his class by channelling his inner Ron Burgundy -- which is what former teammate Carmelo Anthony used to call him -- by posting a meme of his head photoshopped on the Will Ferrell character's body. 

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It looks like 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony will need to find another new home in the NBA after surprising news that the Rockets are looking to waive him some time soon, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Anthony isn't expected to be with Houston for the third straight game on Tuesday, with the Rockets saying he is out due to an illness. But it looks like the Rockets are done with Anthony after just 10 games this season. 

So, if the 34-year-old hits the market, where could he land? Vegas has the Sixers as the favorite to land Anthony at +125, and the Lakers came in second at +350. But a return to New York was also among the highest possible teams -- and it wasn't the Knicks.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Carmelo Anthony's time as a Knick wasn't the best of experiences. At first, the marriage looked to be a match made in heaven.

But the divorce was as ugly as it gets. 

Anthony demanded former Knicks president Phil Jackson find him a new home in the NBA before the start of last season, and it eventually happened in a deal with the Thunder under new president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry's watch. Anthony's tenure in Oklahoma City, though, lasted just one season as he finds himself down in Houston with the Rockets. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Chris Paul has a message for the haters: Leave Melo alone. 

The Rockets point guard defended his new teammate and friend on Friday during a segment on ESPN's The Jump, in which Paul expressed disbelief over the criticism Carmelo Anthony receives. 

"Obviously I'm a little biased because that's one of my closest friends," Paul said. "But you know, the disrespect that comes at him at times is unbelievable, you know what I mean? So for us, having one of the best players to ever play the game on our team is a no-brainer."

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The Loud Mouths wonder whether the Knicks will win 35 games in 2019 and whether Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench for the Rockets.

Former Knick Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Rockets on Monday. And though he may be a 10-time All-Star, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said to expect Melo to come off the bench for his new squad. 

But that wasn't the biggest Knicks news around. On Sunday, Knicks first-rounder Kevin Knox commented on Vegas setting his team's win total at over/under 29 for the season. He wasn't too happy with the number.

"I saw that," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "People are sleeping on us with the 29 wins. I think we definitely can win at least 35 and get in that playoff talk. That's my personal opinion. Everyone has their own opinion. But the whole team, I'm pretty confident we're really good this year, that we have a chance to make the playoffs."

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks F Carmelo Anthony has traveled to Houston, and is expected to officially sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets on Monday, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It has been an ongoing story all offseason as to where Anthony would land. The Hawks initially traded the Thunder for him, but was never going to keep him on the roster. Instead, they would buyout his contract, and allow the 34-year-old veteran to choose where he wanted to play next season. 

The Rockets always seemed like the destination, and it is expected to be official after the completion of Anthony's physical today. Wojnarowski is also reporting that Houston intends to bring Melo off the bench. It will likely be PJ Tucker or Gerald Green who gets the start at small forward. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, reports Yahoo Sports.

Anthony told the Rockets of his decision upon his return from a trip to South Africa, according to the report. 

Melo was previously traded from the Oklahoma City to Atlanta in a three team deal that involved Philadelphia as well. The plan was always for Atlanta to waive Carmelo while taking on his final year of his contract. Carmelo is set to join Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston as they look to avenge their seven game Western Conference Finals loss to the Warriors. 

He is coming off of his worst season of his career in Oklahoma City and looks to bounce back from his astounding 16.8 points per game in the regular season. The Syracuse product dipped from his regular season total and scored 11.8 points per game throughout the postseason. 

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Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Thunder have traded Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to the Hawks for point guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

According to Wojnarowski, the Hawks will waive Anthony, who will be free to join the team of his choice -- with the Rockets the favorites to land him. 

As part of the trade, Muscala will go to Philadelphia, the 76ers' Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot will be traded to the Thunder, and the 76ers' Justin Anderson will be traded to Atlanta, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony might be headed back to New York; however, not with the Knicks. According to SirusXMNBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence, the Thunder are hoping to trade Melo to the Nets for some sort of return rather than buying his contract out.

The package would include Jeremy Lin for Carmelo and a package of draft picks. The only problem with this idea is that the salaries of Lin and Anthony do not match up. 

The Nets would have to add another contract to balance the astounding $27.9 million deal that Carmelo signed with the Knicks in 2012. The two contracts that could be packaged with Lin would be either SF Demarre Carroll who makes $15.4 million next year or SF Allen Crabbe who is slated to make $18.5 million. Both contracts are expiring. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony might be headed back to New York; however, not with the Knicks. According to SirusXMNBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence, the Thunder are hoping to trade Melo to the Nets for some sort of return rather than buying his contract out.

The package would include Jeremy Lin for Carmelo and a package of draft picks. The only problem with this idea is that the salaries of Lin and Anthony do not match up. 

The Nets would have to add another contract to balance the astounding $27.9 million deal that Carmelo signed with the Knicks in 2012. The two contracts that could be packaged with Lin would be either SF Demarre Carroll who makes $15.4 million next year or SF Allen Crabbe who is slated to make $18.5 million. Both contracts are expiring. 

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Oct 3, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) speaks to Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni in a break in action during the second quarter at the BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 3, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) speaks to Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni in a break in action during the second quarter at the BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

There was no secret that former Knicks star F Carmelo Anthony and former head coach Mike D'Antoni didn't see eye to eye in New York. D'Antoni even said Anthony was the reason he quit his head coaching post with the Knicks before the 2012 season began. 

But that was then, and right now, D'Antoni's Houston Rockets look like the favorite to land the 10-time All-Star. 

Six years ago, D'Antoni indulged in his relationship with Anthony, and how the star forward gave the Knicks an ultimatum. It was either get rid of D'Antoni or Anthony wanted to be traded. 

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to get rid of Carmelo Anthony after just one season. Anthony and the Thunder will part ways some time this summer according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes after Anthony opted into his $27.9 million player option. 

The Thunder are expected to trade Anthony, use their stretch provision, or orchestrate a buyout. 

The small forward was traded on September 25th, 2017 from the Knicks to the Thunder in exchange for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter, and a 2018 second round pick that was used to select Mitchell Robinson.

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Thunder F Carmelo Anthony couldn't believe what happened to his former Knicks teammate Kristaps Porzingis on Tuesday. 

Porzingis tore his ACL following a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo after landing awkwardly on the court. The news swept across the NBA, and many expressed their support for the Knicks' new franchise player, including their former one. 

"It's sad, man. It's sad," Anthony said to a group of reporters in Oklahoma City. "It's just sad to know that injury, the type of year he's been having, the growth that he has had over this past couple years and even this season."

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Knicks F Michael Beasley may have had a team-high 23 points on Monday night, but his overall play wasn't anything to brag about. 

Beasley also led the Knicks with a minus-16 when on the floor, while committing four turnovers which included a mental lapse after catching a pass and taking a few steps without dribbling for a travel call. His overall defensive play was passive as well. 

However, after the game, Beasley didn't want to dwell on his performance. He was only worried about the team loss...

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On GEICO SportsNite, Carmelo Anthony reflects on the video tribute he received upon returning to Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game.

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Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day.  (AP)
Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day. (AP)

Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony finished with 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting, including zero points in the second half, in his return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening. Anthony added five rebounds, but the Thunder lost to the Knicks 111-96 despite New York playing without Kristaps Porzingis (knee).

While Anthony wasn't able to help the Thunder earn a victory against his former team, Anthony was honored pregame with a video tribute by the Knicks organization. He received cheers (mostly) and a standing ovation, but was also booed when the game started and he first touched the ball. 

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Nov 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with center Enes Kanter (00), forward Michael Beasley (8), guard Jarrett Jack (55) and guard Courtney Lee (5) (Kim Klement)
Nov 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with center Enes Kanter (00), forward Michael Beasley (8), guard Jarrett Jack (55) and guard Courtney Lee (5) (Kim Klement)

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game.

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Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day.  (AP)
Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day. (AP)

After waiving his no-trade-clause and accepting a deal that sent him to Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony is preparing to return to Madison Square Garden as a visiting player once again. 

Anthony spoke at length to Royce Young of ESPN about New York, the Knicks and his impending visit to the Garden. 

"How could I not miss New York?" Anthony said...

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

In wake of Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time, Kristaps Porzingis thinks the fans need to show him the respect and "love" he deserves. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to MSG on Saturday night, and the biggest storyline will be the former Knick in Anthony returning for the first time since he was traded this offseason. The Knicks are planning to a tribute for Anthony, who spent the past seven seasons in New York. 

Porzingis, who is questionable with a sore knee for the game, can't see any fans booing his former teammate...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he is excited to return to Madison Square Garden for Saturday's game between the Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, but added he is taking a "business" approach to it.

"At the end of the day, it's business to me. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not ecstatic to be going back and playing there," Anthony said, according to Yahoo! Sports' Michael Lee. "Like I said, I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It's a little bit special for me."

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

SG analyst and former Knick great Walt "Clyde" Frazier told WFAN's Mike Francesa he believes the Knicks are capable of maintaining their early-season success.

New York enters tonight's game at Madison Square Garden against the Toronto Raptors with a 9-7 record, including an 8-3 mark at home.

"You know, last year we were 14-10. And then. And then," Frazier said. "So this year, I'm believing in this team, though. I think they're going to get better. … What they can't afford to have is an injury, a key injury to one of their players."

 

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