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Report: Several veterans are lobbying Nets front office to sign Carmelo Anthony

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Several veterans on the Brooklyn Nets — and not just Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving — are lobbying Brooklyn’s front office to sign Carmelo Anthony, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post.

Anthony worked out with Nets players this summer in Los Angeles. Brooklyn will be without veteran swingman Wilson Chandler for the first 25 games of the season due to a PED suspension, so the Nets could benefit from adding Anthony’s scoring ability.

Sources had told the Post that several veterans were lobbying the front office on Anthony’s behalf. The Athletic reported that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were among them and that GM Sean Marks had taken a look at the former Knicks star recently.

“Guarded him for a month straight. Same Melo only thing diff is the narrative ppl throw on his name,” Taurean Prince tweeted in response to the video of Anthony going by Danny Green, along with emojis indicating his confusion as to why the narrative exists and Anthony is unemployed.

Carmelo Anthony played in just 10 games with the Houston Rockets last season before the franchise exiled and traded him to the Chicago Bulls in January. The 10-time All-Star 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.

The Nets open training camp in October. It will be interesting to see if general manager Sean Marks listens to the players who are sticking up for Melo and gives the future Hall of Famer a chance.