Despite being deep into summer, and well into the NBA offseason, several big names still dot the free-agent landscape. As of now, 10x All-Star Carmelo Anthony is among them.
After his 10-game tryout with the Rockets ended back in November, the 2013 scoring champion has yet to find a place in the league. Might the Warriors be his next home?
In a piece by D.J. Foster of The Ringer, he suggests that the Warriors could address some of the problems in their second unit by signing Anthony to a veteran minimum.
“If there’s anyone capable of covering two frontcourt assignments instead of one, it’s Draymond Green; and offensively, Anthony could theoretically absorb some of the isolation possessions that left with Kevin Durant. The Warriors would need to shift some pieces around to make Anthony’s veteran’s minimum salary fit under the hard cap, but the juice might be worth the squeeze, especially as the younger back half of the roster gets acclimated and Klay Thompson gets healthy.”
The Warriors only have two players in their second unit (Alec Burks and Willie Cauley-Stein) who have scored more than 1,000 career points. Despite having, arguably, one of the best starting-5s in basketball, their bench needs some serious help.
Acquiring a 35-year-old Carmelo Anthony would certainly change things in that regard, even if his game is not nearly what it used to be.
You can expect them to look his way as they hunt for quality role-players this summer.