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Thunder coach Billy Donovan thinks Carmelo Anthony can still contribute to an NBA team

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Carmelo Anthony’s one year with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season was a disaster, but Thunder head coach Billy Donovan still believes Melo can contribute to an NBA team this year.

Carmelo Anthony is still on the Houston Rockets’ roster, but he will be either traded or waived before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Anthony hasn’t played in a game since Nov. 8, ironically against Billy Donovan and the Thunder. Reports came out on Friday stating that Anthony’s NBA career may not be over yet.

“I think he can contribute. I think it’s based on what role teams need to fill and how can he help the team in that role,” Donovan said, via the New York Daily News. “Every team may need something different.”

“I don’t think you can necessarily put him in a role that’s going to be the same for every team. But he’s a smart enough guy, he’s a bright enough guy. I think winning is important enough to him.”

Anthony played in just 10 games with the Rockets before the franchise decided the Melo experiment wasn’t going to work. The 10-time All-Star averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest with Houston while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.

It’s nice of Donovan to say positive things about Anthony. A lot of coaches could have used that opportunity to bash a player who was a negative for them last season, but that’s not the type of person or coach Donovan is.