Carmelo Anthony still remains a free agent.
We’re roughly a month away from the start of NBA training camp and even Dwight Howard has somehow reunited with the Los Angeles Lakers before the start of the 2019-20 season. While some things continue to change, one thing remains the same — the 10-time All-Star and former scoring champion still remains without a job.
Although Anthony remains jobless, his name remains a talking point among media circles. Anthony’s name especially became a hot topic last week when former NBA player Royce White went in front of a camera and vouched for the 35-year-old veteran, criticizing the Lakers for signing Jared Dudley over Anthony, and even blaming LeBron James for not getting his good friend signed.
You can now add Stephen A. Smith to the list of people who hold it against LeBron for not getting Anthony signed by the Lakers. The ESPN analyst went all-in on the fact that Anthony is still not signed — and he took aim at LeBron for not at least trying to convince the Lakers to sign the veteran forward.
“Why not give him a shot, LeBron? Los Angeles Lakers? And by the way, Royce White, you saw how he wasn’t hesitant to call out LeBron, his Banana Boat buddy. Let me be very clear with what I’m saying. LeBron doesn’t owe Carmelo this. He doesn’t owe Carmelo, fighting for Carmelo to be a Laker. But it would be nice if he did.”
Anthony last played in an NBA game on Nov. 8, 2018. He played in just 10 games with the Houston Rockets before he was abruptly told by general manager Daryl Morey that the Rockets would no longer be using him. He spent months on the inactive list before the Rockets traded him to the Chicago Bulls — where he was then waived without playing in a single game for the franchise.