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Knicks guard calls for Carmelo Anthony to be signed

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony is still without an NBA team, and one player on his former club would like to see that change.

On Sunday, New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier called for the exiled 10-time All-Star to be signed with a tweet that read “Free Melo” and tagged Anthony.

Trier, who just had a strong rookie season with the Knicks as an undrafted free agent, was never teammates with Anthony in New York. Having been born in 1996, it’s a good bet that Melo was one of the players he grew up idolizing as well.

One particular destination may be lurking for Anthony if any, but with his apparent unwillingness to reinvent his style of play as he ages, it’s very possible that we have seen the last of the 35-year-old at the NBA level.

Lakers reportedly worked out Allonzo Trier a second time

Allonzo Trier

The Los Angeles Lakers acquiring another second-round pick in Thursday’s draft has many wondering what they’re up to. The thinking is that they like a lot of players in this year’s draft and would rather have an extra pick from this year’s pool of players than next year’s, especially with a big free agency period looming. One player they could have their eye on is Arizona’s Allonzo Trier.

ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk reported on Wednesday that the Lakers brought in Trier this week for a second predraft workout.

Youngmisuk also speculated that Michigan’s Mo Wagner is another player they could like.

Trier spent three seasons at Arizona and was a top scorer. He averaged 16.8 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting. He also made nearly 38 percent of his threes. Trier missed time as a sophomore and junior due to banned substances being found in his system.

The Lakers hold the Nos. 25, 39 and 47 picks in the draft.

Arizona appealing Allonzo Trier’s positive test

Allonzo Trier

Arizona announced on Thursday that star guard Allonzo Trier has been ruled ineligible after traces of a banned substance were found in his system during a January drug test. They also said that they are appealing the decision in hopes that Trier will be made eligible again.

Here is the statement from the Wildcats:

“Earlier today, the University of Arizona was notified that the NCAA has declared Allonzo Trier ineligible. In late January 2018, Allonzo participated in an NCAA student-athlete drug screening. The results of that test, confirmed today, revealed the reappearance of a trace amount of a banned substance. The amount detected was minuscule by scientific standards and appears to be a remnant of a substance, which the NCAA agreed, Allonzo had unknowingly ingested in 2016. The University is appealing the decision and is hopeful that Allonzo will regain his eligibility soon.”

The whole thing sounds somewhat bizarre. Trier missed the first 19 games of last season after testing positive for a banned substance and did not return to the court until he passed a drug test showing the substance was out of his system. It seems a little odd that a banned substance from a year ago would still be in his system without him having ingested anything new. That will be something the NCAA needs to decide.

The junior is averaging 19.6 points per game this season and has improved on his shooting percentages across the board.

5 players who need to step it up in the Sweet Sixteen

Malik Monk

A one-and-done tournament like the NCAA Tournament can be so difficult because one bad night ends your season. Pressure is on star players to bring their best every night if they don’t want to go home far earlier than they would have hoped. Teams who want to get to the Final Four need big performances from their star players, and a few of them have failed to deliver that as of yet. The Sweet Sixteen, as the competition gets tougher, would be the perfect place to do that.

Here are five players who are capable of stepping it up for the Sweet Sixteen, and whose teams badly need them to.

5) Allonzo Trier, Arizona

Trier didn’t score a point in the first half of Arizona’s second-round game against St. Mary’s, a game the Wildcats were losing by one at halftime. Arizona ended up winning by nine, and Trier put up 14 in the second half. He woke up, and so did Arizona, and those two things are not coincidental.

Arizona has a lot of good players — Lauri Markkanen is of enormous importance to them as well — but Trier is something of an engine for Arizona. The good news is he stayed aggressive even when he wasn’t shooting the ball well, and he was rewarded for his efforts.

The second weekend will pose new challenges for Trier and his teammates, and if he can shoot the ball well, Arizona is in good shape. If he has another half like he did against St. Mary’s, Arizona will probably find themselves in trouble.

4) Dillon Brooks, Oregon