Since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony has found himself outside the NBA, waiting for another chance to perform in the league.
However, that didn’t stop Anthony from catching an unwarranted mention in a recent press conference where Memphis Grizzlies star Dillion Brooks name-checked him as an unwanted veteran who isn’t trying to help a team win but rather just wants back in the league.
“Who do you want us to sign? Carmelo Anthony? Dwight Howard? Who you wanna sign? Those guys are trying to get back in the league; they’re not trying to hone in on a guy and be a vet…A real vet is Udonis Haslem,” Brooks said.
Following Brooks’ comments, Anthony took to Instagram to clap back at Brooks, telling him to ‘keep me out of it.’
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“Please keep me out of it RESPECTFULLY,” Anthony wrote in the comments section.
Anthony last played for the Lakers during the 2021-22 season, averaging 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1 assist per game while shooting 44.1% from the field and 37.5% from deep.
Lakers Recently Urged to Reunite With Carmelo Anthony
On February 18, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Stinar wrote an article on why the Lakers should reunite with Anthony and allow him to fill their open 15th roster spot for the remainder of the season.
Carmelo Anthony (17.0 PPG, 50.5 FG%) has been getting BUCKETS for the @Lakers this season!
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— NBA (@NBA) November 6, 2021
“With Russell and Beasley, they will be a much better shooting team, but adding Anthony would still help them off the bench. Since the former Syracuse star spent last season with the Lakers, joining the team in the middle of the season would likely be a seamless transition…The instant scoring that Anthony can provide would make him an excellent fit, and he would only be signing a minimum contract which means there would be no long-term risk,” Stinar wrote.
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