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Jalen Rose says Carmelo Anthony is being blackballed in the NBA

Jalen Rose, Carmelo Anthony

Former NBA guard and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says Carmelo Anthony is being blackballed in the NBA.

Rose was reacting to the comments made by Royce White, who said Carmelo Anthony is being blackballed and that LeBron James should help his brother out by getting him a spot on the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Yes I do (think he’s getting blackballed) because there are 450 people who get paid to play this sport this year. I would say even if you didn’t like his game because it’s mid-range based and felt like he didn’t fit, he could still have a roster spot between 11 and 15,” Rose said on ESPN’s Get Up.

“Blackballed comes from the fact that there are 450 jobs, there are 30 NBA teams, he deserves to be on a roster. He should have a job, but he doesn’t.”

Carmelo Anthony played in 10 games with the Houston Rockets last season. The 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds with the Rockets while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Out of the blue, Rockets GM Daryl Morey told Anthony he wasn’t going to be part of the team anymore. Houston traded Melo to the Bulls in January. Chicago waived Anthony in February.

Carmelo Anthony hasn’t received interest from any team since entering the open market in February and Jalen Rose doesn’t think that’s right. The 2019-20 NBA season starts in two months and Anthony is still looking for a team to give him one more chance.