Carmelo Anthony has been awaiting another opportunity in the NBA since being waived by the Houston Rockets 10 games into the 2018-19 season.
Anthony's trainer Chris Brickley stated that he is "100% NBA ready" and that he wants to have a "final farewell season" just like his friend Dwyane Wade did this past year.
Star point guard Damian Lillard piggy-backed onto Brickley's statement.
#VoteForMeloFareWellSeason #StopPlayinMelo- Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 29, 2019
So now that a conversation has started as to whether or not Anthony will get another chance, we've decided to break down our most interesting destinations for the former scoring champion.
Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant is not walking through that door and Klay Thompson isn't either until sometime next spring. Unlike last year, even the idea of a rejuvenated DeMarcus Cousins isn't in the cards. Outside of Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell, there's just not much scoring right now on Golden State's roster. When one of them is out of the game, ask yourself "who will be the second scorer?"
Draymond Green? He averaged 7.4 PPG and shot 29% from beyond the arc last season. Willie Cauley-Stein or Kevon Looney? Both of them can be rim runners, but expecting much more isn't palatable. Alfonzo McKinnie? Alec Burks? Glenn Robinson III?
Outside of actual fit and need, there's stability and structure within the organization that would be able to take on all that accompanies the presence of Anthony. If there's any team that Anthony would be comfortable finally taking a backseat and playing to his strengths within the confines of a reduced yet somewhat critical role, it's the Warriors. They could theoretically sell him on 15 minutes a night where he gets a big role doing what he does best - scoring - for a contending team.
They're also moving into a new arena and while Curry is certainly the top-billed attraction, you have to figure the idea of selling Carmelo Anthony as part of a new-look Warriors team would add some intrigue and sell some more tickets.
- Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13)
The Wizards are in a tough spot this upcoming season as star point guard John Wall will likely miss the entire year rehabbing his Achilles injury. They still have a top player in the league in Bradley Beal, but the rest of the roster is filled out with young guys who still need developing and veterans who are trying to prove their worth in the league.
This team is expected to be far from competing for a title, so what's the harm in giving another veteran guy a chance?
They aren't particularly deep at the forward position - the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Rui Hachimura should see a good chunk of minutes starting at power forward in his rookie season. 2018 first-round pick and 20-year-old forward Troy Brown Jr. is their assuming starting small forward after showing some upside in his rookie campaign.
They also brought in sharpshooting forward Davis Bertans who had a solid season for the San Antonio Spurs last year, but after those three players, they're looking at names like Jemerrio Jones, Jordan McRae and CJ Miles to eat up minutes.
You're telling me Carmelo Anthony can't make more of an impact in limited playing time?
Beal did everything for this team last year and he'll likely do the same thing this season. Aside from his scoring, they added former All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas, giving him a chance to prove he still has some of what he showcased from 2015 to 2017. Thomas Bryant is another player that flashed the potential to score and Hachimura (averaged 19.7 PPG at Gonzaga last season) will also have a chance to put up numbers.
After that group of expected starters, the Wizards don't have a true bucket-getter. Why not bring in someone like Melo to eat up bench minutes and do what he loves to do - score the rock.
Melo played his high school ball in the DMV area, so it would be a bit of a homecoming for him. He's also a draw for a team that was just outside the bottom-10 in the league in attendance last season.
The fit seems to make some sense. Newly inducted general manager Tommy Sheppard just needs to make the call.
- Kyle Irving (@KyleIrv_)
The Nets have pulled off one of the most impressive offseasons in the NBA. In signing free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn adds two of the most talented scorers to a team that largely returns its supporting cast from a 42-win season.
The problem? Durant's Achilles injury suffered in the 2019 Finals will likely sideline him for the entirety of the upcoming season.
That's where Carmelo comes in.
With a thinner forward rotation that consists of Joe Harris, Taurean Prince, Rodions Kurucs and Wilson Chandler, Melo could find minutes at either the 3 or 4 and wouldn't limit scoring opportunities for others like he potentially would in other situations.
Pick-and-pops between Carmelo and Kyrie or Spencer Dinwiddie could give defences fits; he could also work in the post with spacing provided by Dinwiddie, Harris and Caris LeVert.
As the Nets await KD's return, adding Melo wouldn't hurt; as an added bonus, he scored 28 points the last time he took the floor at Barclays Center, which was less than a year ago.
- Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21)
Los Angeles Lakers
I think there's a better fit for Carmelo Anthony's services - more on that from me tomorrow - but the most interesting fit would certainly be next to LeBron James in Los Angeles.
Ever since going 1st and 3rd in the 2003 NBA Draft, LeBron and Melo have been tied together. James is clearly winning that battle - you know, being the best player in the league since Michael Jordan and all - but at this point in Melo's career, why not try to be Bron's Scottie Pippen?
Melo will make his way to the Hall of Fame, there's no doubt about that, but how about as a champion? The Lakers have a solid roster but could use some bench scoring, why not Melo?
If you believe Melo's trainer Chris Brickley then you know Anthony is ready to be humble and just be a part of a team. He'd be another good locker room voice to keep the Lakers level headed as they prepare for a season in which they'll be under a microscope, and he'll also represent a rallying cry for the Laker members who've already won a championship.
I can already see it, "Win one for Melo" on purple and gold T-shirts.
- Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay)
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