Carmelo Anthony is one of the greatest scorers to ever do it. He was blackballed by the league and couldn’t even get a job for over a year but once he got the chance to do what he does best, he proved that he was still a walking bucket.
Melo’s stint with the Blazers was one for the ages. He helped them get that final playoff spot and gave both LeBron James and Anthony Davis buckets with the season on the line. It didn’t pay off but he demonstrated that he’s still got a lot left in the tank.
Anthony has shown no intentions of retiring whatsoever and he acknowledged his desire to come back to Portland next season. However, he would have to choose another destination if he were to pursue an NBA Championship on his potentially final year. We’ll break it down here:
5. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are stacked at the wings, we get it. Then again, there has been a lot of buzz regarding a potential Gordon Hayward trade. If that’s the case, there’s no reason to think Carmelo Anthony couldn’t come off the bench for Boston.
Brad Stevens is a master at hiding his bad defenders in his rotations. The Celtics have plenty of scorers right now with Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown but they tend to go on and off from beyond the arc and that’s when Melo can come in handily.
4. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have been open about their desire to add at least one more star to their team next summer. And while Carmelo Anthony is no longer the perennial All-Star he used to be, he’d still be an incredible pickup for a team that could use another go-to-guy.
Don’t get me wrong, the Heat can definitely trust Jimmy Butler to get the job done when the game is on the line and they have multiple threats from beyond the arc. However, none of them is as good of a scorer as Carmelo Anthony, and they can also hide him in the defensive end.
3. Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are stacked at every position except the small forward spot. That’s pretty obvious given they already have Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, so there’s no need for a top-tier backup. However, even good things can be better.
Anthony’s presence could guarantee that the Clippers would have at least 2 25+ PPG scorer on the floor at all times. Lou Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, there are so many ways Doc Rivers can combine his rotation.
2. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have been the preferred destination for most veterans chasing a ring towards the sunset of his career over the past 5 years or so. They’d gladly welcome a top-notch scorer of the likes of Melo to come off the bench or even start over Andrew Wiggins.
Melo’s ball-stopping may not exactly suit the Warriors’ free-motion offense. Nonetheless, he’d be yet another threat from beyond the arc and would be a great fit when they’re going small. They’re going to be one of the teams to beat again next season so it would be wise of him to join them.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
And last but not least, we find the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were reportedly interested in signing Carmelo Anthony last year but he was wary of his chances of making the playoffs, so he respectfully declined their approach, according to reports.
Now, he’ll have the final chance to play side by side with his lifelong friend LeBron James and accomplish what he’s never done: winning an NBA Championship. LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Carmelo in the purple-and-gold would be a treat to the eyes for hoops fans, especially considering how much they’ve craved a third scoring option and a legit shooter from three-point range this season.