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In what would be a huge coup for the NBL, 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is rumoured to have signed to play with the New Zealand Breakers, according to a report.

Breakers owner Matt Walsh recently said the club has a major "global" announcement looming, according to stuff.co.nz.Anthony was taken at pick three by the Denver Nuggets in the 2003 NBA Draft. He has spent 17 seasons in the NBA (eight with Denver, seven with New York, one with Oklahoma City and one with Houston), where he averages 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and three assists across his 1064 game-career.He was the NBA scoring champion in 2013 and won three Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2006) for Team USA.

After 10 games with the Rockets this season, 'Melo', 34, was traded to Chicago on January 22, before being waived by Houston on February 1.

Led by former Breaker Kevin Braswell, New Zealand missed the playoffs in 2018/19 after finishing sixth with a 12-16 record.

They have since lost superstar import Kevin Long, who has announced he won't be re-signing, and brilliant forward Tai Wesley, who has joined the newly-formed South East Melbourne Phoenix.

There has been speculation during the off-season that the Breakers are in trouble, but Walsh insisted that's not the case.

"The Breakers have always been a team that's punched above our weight, and we feel we're ready to take the next step," Walsh told stuff.co.nz.

"We view ourselves as a big club just like Melbourne and Sydney, and we're prepared to spend like that.

"We have an ownership group who wants to invest in the team, we have our feet under us after our first year, and we're going to back that up.

"It's going to be an exciting year. A lot of work is going into the basketball and business side and our fans should keep an eye out for some big news the next seven days."

Shawn Marion, who enjoyed a glittering NBA career, winning the 2010/11 NBA Championship alongside Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki at the Dallas Mavericks, as well as being a four-time NBA All-Star, is a member of Breakers Basketball Ltd, which became the new majority shareholders of New Zealand last year.

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This has already been shut down hasn't it? Man the media loves regurgitating unsubstantiated info that all starts from 1 tweet

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It's only rumour and innuendo.

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The guy that started the rumour admitted to making it up.

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Olgun already said the news isn't Carmelo or Lamelo.

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Melo wouldn't stoop to anything lower than the NBA. He would rather retire than tarnish his reputation

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Can't believe SEN ran with this.

At least when the Baron Davis to the Kings rumour did the rounds, Davis actually responded to the rumour and implied he'd play 20 mins a game.

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Playing for the Knicks at MSG to playing for New Zealand

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Yet another bullshit rumour doing the rounds.

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Very irresponsible and lazy clickbait reporting

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Wasting your time posting.

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Obviously not likely to happen as per comments above.
BUT if it did, it would be amazing. Melo would shred the NBL. In his games for Houston this year he averaged 13 ppg. Has anyone left the NBL and even gotten close to those sorts of numbers in the NBA? (since say 2010, when imports started to move to the NBA e.g. Ennis)

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Ur correct on the Anthony part but it's Anthony Bennett:(

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Not suggesting there is anything to this rumour, evidence would suggest otherwise, but it does raise an interesting idea.
I have no idea what the attraction is, but Shawn Marion Is (was?) part of the ownership group, and we Bogut was getting a slice of the Kings.
If being involved in ownership of an NBL team is something that attracts ex NBA types, is the Bogut deal something we could see more of?
Especially considering the way Bogut was recalled to the NBA...
Guys without a current contract come down and play a season or two, with a slice of ownership and guaranteed MVP award as the signing bonus?

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Fake news at its finest. RIP journalism.

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new coach Jeff van gundy?

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Geez that Kevin Long sounds like a good player!

Imagine having Dwayne Russell trying to differentiate between Melo Trimble, Carmelo Anthony and Lamelo Ball, his head may explode... oooh that sounds like a fun way to get rid of him on commentary.

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"They have since lost superstar import Kevin Long..."

hahaha Kevin Long, the Irish football player. Almost SEN, almost.

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"Imagine having Dwayne Russell trying to differentiate between Melo Trimble, Carmelo Anthony and Lamelo Ball, his head may explode... oooh that sounds like a fun way to get rid of him on commentary."


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Jahmelo Trampoline signed

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Brandon Jennings

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