Carmelo Anthony is ready to recruit.
Already boasting Derrick Rose, a former NBA MVP (but oft injured) point guard, New York is expected to be a big player in July’s free agent marketplace.
For a big city like New York, why set sights any lower than the biggest name on the free agent market — Kevin Durant?
“We’ve been together. We’ve been talking,” Anthony told ESPN Monday.
The Rio Olympic team announced its official roster, and the two biggest names on the squad are Durant and Anthony.
Durant is in New York in advance of the official unveiling of the squadand Anthony is his companion.
”You know, for me, it’s more just about just laying it all out for him,” Anthony said, “giving him the real.”
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The New York Post detailed the chances of Durant, one of the four or five best players on the planet of coming to the Big Apple.
Durant also spoke to ESPN about his impending free agency, telling the network he is ready.
“I’m ready for it all,” Durant said. “Since I was a kid, I’ve been ready for everything that comes with being an NBA player. So [I] try to take that approach and take it a day at a time.I want to have fun playing ball. That’s just my main concern, and that’s always been my main concern. But I’m locked in on Team USA, man. Just trying to shift my focus back and forth, from that [free agency] stuff to being on the USA team. I just wanna have fun playing ball.”
Also chosen Monday for the team were Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes; Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan; Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving; Indiana’s Paul George; Chicago’s Jimmy Butler; Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins; and the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan.