The news follows reports from late Aug., that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were pushing for the Nets to sign Melo. Anthony even participated in Brooklyn's unofficial workout session that Irving orchestrated in Los Angeles. Those in attendance told The Athletic that Melo was in great shape and one of the better players on the court during the workouts. This apparently left a lasting impression on certain members of the team, who think Melo could be a valuable teammate.
It is unclear if Brooklyn's front office shares the same interest in Anthony. If it does, then the Nets would have to make a few moves to get Melo into its rotation. Currently, all 15 of Brooklyn's guaranteed contracts are filled. The Nets can carry 20 players into training camp, but to have Melo for the season, Brooklyn would have to cut a player. The player that'll probably be on the chopping block is Wilson Chandler. Chandler is suspended for the first 25 games for violating the NBA's PED policy. After the fifth game of the season, the Nets can put Chandler on the inactive. So, the scenario would likely start off with General Manager Sean Marks bringing Melo in for training camp, and he would then get waived before the season, before being swapped out for Chandler once he's declared inactive.