New information has arrived regarding the fate of two 2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers veterans who, for now, remain free agents.
sources inform Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson from Bally Sports that the Brooklyn Nets board is potentially eyeing three-time Lakers center Dwight Howard, an unrestricted free agent following his most recent tour of Los Angeles during the 2021-22 NBA season.
Robinson he adds that another 2021-22 Laker and future Hall of Famer who remains a free agent, forward Carmelo Anthony, was not considered for a spot on the team recently. Robinson adds that a source reports that Brooklyn is “looking for a vocal leader in the locker room.” That statement seems to suggest that the Nets don’t see the 10-time All-Star, 38, as the vocal leader.
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This is fascinating given the reputation of both players in the league. Howard has angered a variety of teammates and coaches throughout his 18 seasons in the NBA, while Anthony remains generally well-liked. His former New York Knicks teammate Kristaps Porzingis, now with the Washington Wizards, recently addressed what he considers to be Melo’s continued vitality in the NBA during remarks made to Robinson today:
“He’s a legend,” Porzingis said. “I want him to end his career the way he wants to and play until he wants to. [I’m] sure he can still help [current teams].”
Both Anthony and Howard played solid backup roles for LA last season, performing well in limited minutes on the bench.
Anthony remains a reliable long-range option. In 69 games last year (in 26 minutes), Anthony averaged 13.3 points per game, connecting 44.1% of his field goals last season, which included 37.5% of his 5.8 field goals. three high-volume points per night. He also connected for 83% of his 2.3 free throws per game. He was never a great defender, but his skills continued to erode in his 19th season in the NBA last year. Some club lacking in pitching (like, say, the 2022-23 Lakers) should give him a flyer.
Over 60 games last season, the 36-year-old Howard, 36, an eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year at his peak, remained a solid big man at both ends of the court. He averaged 6.2 points a night on 61.2% shooting, grabbed 5.9 rebounds and blocked 0.6 shots a night over the course of just 16.2 minutes.