After Team USA's shocking refusal, nobody really expected to see Carmelo Anthony on the pro-court again. Following 16 years, and a long resume of success, many are ready to call it a career for the 10x All-Star.
Are those thoughts pre-mature?
Despite the rumors swirling about the "end" for Anthony, a recent event may be a hint that he is closer to a return than we think.
According to a report by Ian Begley, the scoring specialist has been seen on multiple occasions hooping with Nets players.
It could mean nothing -- informal practices from player-to-player are nothing new, after all.
But at the very least, it means he has formed a connection with the guys, and that could be huge in eventually making his way to the roster. His on-court fit with Brooklyn also makes sense.
With Kevin Durant nursing that Achilles, Carmelo could make up for some of that fire-power from the bench this upcoming season.
Question is, are Sean Marks and the team willing to give him another chance? Part of the reason he was ousted from Houston and OKC is that he was unwilling to change and adapt his game. Despite Father Time showing in the 35-year-old forward, he has not been willing to accept a bench role do far.
That mentality will have to change if he is to return to the NBA -- and so will his playstyle. A catch-and-shoot player is what teams are looking for, and Melo could find a few teams step up if he shows that he is capable is taking on that identity this campaign.
Maybe that's what these "workouts" are for.