Carmelo Anthony, who spent seven seasons in New York, will participate in an informal workout with Knicks players on Thursday in New York City, a source confirmed.
Anthony’s presence at the workout doesn’t mean much and isn’t an indication that he is returning to the Knicks, the source said. Anthony spends a lot of time in New York and has been known to work out with numerous players. The Knicks also have 15 players under contract for the upcoming season and don’t have an open roster spot for the free-agent Anthony.
Sports Illustrated was first to report that Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, would participate in the workout.
Anthony, 35, played in 10 games, including two starts, with the Houston Rockets last season, but both sides agreed to part ways in November. The Rockets traded Anthony to the Hawks on Jan. 22, 2019, but he was waived on Feb. 1. Anthony was unable to catch on with another team and sat out the remainder of the season.
Anthony averaged 24.7 points in 412 games – all starts – for the Knicks. The Knicks made the playoffs three times during Anthony’s tenure.
The Knicks traded Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder in September 2017, receiving Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls’ 2018 second-round pick, who turned out to be Mitchell Robinson. Anthony lasted just one season with the Thunder, failing to co-exist with fellow All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Anthony played in 78 regular-season games – all starts – with the Thunder in the 2017-18 season but averaged what was then a career-low 32 minutes per game.
The Thunder traded Anthony to the Hawks on July 25, 2018, but he never played a game in Atlanta. He was waived on July 30 and signed with the Rockets three weeks later.