Rumors: Hornets have no interest in Carmelo Anthony
Contrary to recent speculation, the Charlotte Hornets are not interested in signing free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, some wondered if the Hornets would give Carmelo Anthony a shot due to his association with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand. However, that is simply not the case as the team has shown no interest in bringing in the disgraced All-Star.
Anthony played in 10 games with the Houston Rockets this season before being released. During that time, he averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds over 29.4 minutes a night while shooting 40.5 percent from the floor, 32.8 percent from 3-point range and 68.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The fall from grace of Anthony has been a rapid one.
Just two years removed from an All-Star appearance, Anthony spent the 2017-18 campaign with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 boards per game. However, due to his inefficient shooting and his inability to play any kind of consistent defense, Anthony had a hard time fitting in with the Thunder.
It reached a point in last year’s playoffs that Anthony was benched during a critical Oklahoma City run during Game 5 of its first-round series against the Utah Jazz.
In a league that values ball movement and defensive versatility, Anthony does not have much of a defined role anymore.
The 34-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Syracuse University, was originally selected by the Denver Nuggets with the third overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. He spent seven-and-a-half seasons with the Mile High team, making three All-Star teams before being traded to the New York Knicks midway through the 2010-11 campaign.
In New York, Anthony made seven All-Star games and won the scoring title in 2013.