Carmelo Anthony keeps trying to find his way back to the NBA this summer, and every day he gets another person to make the case for him and his return to the league. This time it was former NBA forward and current ESPN analyst Richard Jefferson, who claimed Melo is likely to have another shot at the league if he stays humble.
Melo told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith a few weeks ago that he’s willing to accept any role on a team after being cut by the Houston Rockets last November, the last time we saw him on an NBA court.
“If a guy of that caliber wants to [play] and stays committed, I believe he will be given another opportunity,” Jefferson said on ESPN’s Get Up. “You never know the injuries that can happen or the trade deadline, playoffs…I think he will get an opportunity if he keeps this humble mentality”
Anthony played only 10 games for the Rockets last season before he got exiled and traded to the Chicago Bulls in January. The 10-time All-Star posted 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 Bulls waived him in February after not having played a single game. This summer he’s been looking for a new team, but nobody has made any offer so far. Things don’t look so good for Melo this offseason, and some fans have started to criticize the NBA franchises for offering spots to other players before Anthony.
We are still in August and anything can happen while Melo is still on the open market. If Richard Jefferson ends up being right, Anthony will get one more shot to play in the NBA.