Chauncey Billups believes he is aware of why Carmelo Anthony stays unsigned.
Anthony was a star with the Knicks and Nuggets however has not performed within the NBA since he parted methods with the Rockets in mid-November.
“The reason he’s not in the league – because he’s still worthy – he hasn’t mentally taken that step back to say ‘Okay, I’ll come in and play against backups. I’ll try to help the team out. I know I might not be able to close, but I just want to help the team out,'” Billups stated throughout a current interview with SiriusXM radio. “He’s not there yet.”
Anthony averaged 13.four factors and 5.four rebounds in his 10 video games with the Rockets, who finally traded him to the Bulls in January. Chicago instantly launched him, and he has been a free agent since.
Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, and Billups had been teammates with Denver and New York from 2008-11.
“I feel bad for Melo and here’s why,” Billups stated. “Melo was like a good teammate, man. Melo practiced every day. He didn’t miss any games. Now, the one thing I will say – and I’ve even told Melo this – scoring 30 meant too much to Melo. … Because, he could have games where he had 20, 22, we win the game, and he’s mad. He might have 36 … we lose the game and he’s in there (the locker room) picking everybody up.”
League executives consider the Lakers are the “most likely destination” for Anthony this summer season, based on an earlier report from SNY. Anthony is nice buddies with Los Angeles star LeBron James and the group reportedly had some stage of curiosity in signing him throughout final season.
The Lakers, nevertheless, have made a number of different strikes to fill out their roster.
“At this point, I just want to be happy,” Anthony stated in January. “I think I’ve put myself in a good, peaceful mind state right now, (being) able to focus in on what I need to focus in on. And whatever’s going to make me happy, then we’re going to make it happen.”
Anthony stated in late April he’d be open to re-signing with the Knicks.