Ten-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA striker, 2012-13 NBA scorer and member of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, Carmelo Anthony is still an unrestricted free agent as of August.
Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Anthony has played in at least one game for four different franchises and is struggling to find a home.
He may not be the same All-Star talent he once was when he was with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks earlier in his career, but Carmelo Anthony has proven in recent years that he can still be a scoring threat outside the — Bank.
Melo played well in the second unit of the Portland Trail Blazers and last season when he played with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo continued to show that he is more than capable of being a ‘Sixth Man-esque’ talent.
He played in 69 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and shooting 44.1% from the floor, 37.5% from three-point distance.
There aren’t many teams that want to add players this late in the off-season, but there are quite a few teams that still have a spot on the list. Would one of them be interested in signing Carmelo Anthony?
Here are three teams that could seriously consider signing Anthony now for the start of training camps in September.
New York Knicks
Going back and playing for the New York Knicks is certainly an opportunity to believe in, but the Knicks currently only have 13 players on guaranteed contracts for the 2022-23 season.
With Immanuel Quickley, Derrick Rose, Quentin Grimes and Jalen Brunson in the backcourt, this team doesn’t need any more guards and it’s hard to believe they’ll be trying to bring in another big man with Mitchell Robinson, Isaiah Hartenstein and Jericho Sims all. get new contracts in the low season.
On the wing, the Knicks need a little more help scoring, which is why signing Carmelo Anthony to a minimum contract sounds like a reasonable idea for New York.
He would be sure to get off the couch behind the likes of Evan Fournier and RJ Barrett, and who wouldn’t want to see Melo play at Madison Square Garden again?
Defensively, he would be a liability to this team and he doesn’t necessarily fit into Tom Thibodeau’s style of play, but fans would probably embrace Anthony when he returns to New York and this franchise desperately needs something to cheer about.
I’ll put it this way: Bringing back Carmelo Anthony can’t hurt the Knicks as they missed the playoffs last year, so they really don’t have much to lose if they go down this road towards the end of the season.
Returning to New York could certainly be in the cards for Carmelo Anthony towards the end of his career, but maybe not for the Knicks. The Brooklyn Nets have only 12 players on guaranteed contracts for the 2022-23 season and with the recent news that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will remain with the Nets, this franchise will be looking to fill out the rest of their roster pretty soon.
Perhaps LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin are two forwards the team wants to bring back and Dwight Howard is also a name associated with the Nets, but it’s hard to overlook the fact that Carmelo Anthony is still available now.
Anthony is good friends with both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and the Nets truly believe they can be a title contender if they are completely healthy.
Adding an experienced, proven bank scorer like Melo gives this team more depth alongside Durant and Irving, and the veteran striker has helped his teams in terms of rebounding off-the-bank in recent years.
Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Carmelo has averaged 4.4 rebounds per game. This isn’t fantastic, but he is another strong presence who can play both forward positions, giving the Nets exactly what they are currently missing in their second unit.
Don’t be alarmed if the Nets make a move for Carmelo Anthony, especially because they need another striker and they’ve got it all covered with their superstar talents.
Los Angeles Lakers
At the end of the day, the most likely of the three paths is for Carmelo Anthony to stick with the Los Angeles Lakers and sign another one-year, minimal deal simply because they still have a vacant spot on the roster and because of his connection with LeBron James.
It’s no secret in the league that LeBron usually gets what he wants from a front office perspective and that was one of the main reasons the Lakers signed Melo for last season in the first place.
Looking at his performance over the course of the 2021-2022 season, the Lakers really have no reason not to bring Carmelo back, other than that he is 38 years old and still has a year or two to go. in him.
However, there are younger players in this league who are still not putting up the numbers that Anthony is coming off the bench, which is why the Lakers should try to keep the former All-Star.
He seemed happy in Los Angeles last season, even if the team was unsuccessful and with many more younger talents than before, Carmelo Anthony could be another veteran mentor for the Lakers.
Perhaps the Lakers won’t try to fill this 15th spot on their roster for the start of the 2022-23 season, but if they do, it would be shocking if they gave it to anyone other than Carmelo Anthony.