Carmelo Anthony may be down, but he's definitely not out.
The former third overall pick is reportedly partaking in informal workouts and scrimmages with the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles as the NBA season approaches.
A Brooklyn native, Anthony certainly has the resume to make an NBA roster. He's got 10 All-Star Game appearances and a scoring title to his name, not to mention he's a career 44.9% shooter from the field.
The obvious holdup with him is his ability to help facilitate offensive chemistry. His recent experiences in Oklahoma City and Houston have opened the eyes of players, coaches and executives around the league to the fact that it's much harder for the 35-year-old to serve as an effective bench player and fluid offensive force.
Though the Nets' interest in bringing in the aging veteran is unknown, he'd certainly help with their depth at small forward. Kevin Durant isn't expected to play during the 2019-20 season, leaving Brooklyn with just Joe Harris.
As is abundantly clear, Anthony has proven to be less than impressive off the bench, but something is better than nothing. It can't hurt that much to have a guy who's averaged a respectable 15.9 points per game over the last two seasons on your team.
He seems ready to make his return to basketball. All he needs is a shot. The only question is whether or not the Nets are willing to be the team that gives him that opportunity.