By Rafael Bandayrel
Houston Rockets general Manager Daryl Morey stated earlier today that the team is “parting ways” with Carmelo Anthony.
It did not take long until an interested party came knocking on Anthony’s door as the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation – and Dallas Mavericks guard JJ Barea – are reportedly trying to recruit the 10-time All-Star for the national team.
“We tried a bunch to get him in the past, but of course nobody blamed him for playing for Team USA,” Barea told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “But if he ever wants a chance to represent us, it would be awesome to have him.”
Anthony was born in New York to parents of Puerto Rican descent. He played four times for the United States in the Olympics and once in the FIBA World Championship.
With 31 games, Anthony has the most games played in the Olympics for the USA basketball squad. However, Team USA would need to grant Anthony a waiver to play for another country.