Carmelo Anthony's adventure with the Los Angeles Lakers was nothing like he expected, as the Purple and Gold were never able to live up to the expectations regardless of having a terrific roster entering this campaign.
Melo was one of many veterans that landed in Los Angeles to help LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook win a championship that never came to Staples Center/Crypto.com Arena.
Now that chapter of Carmelo's career might be over, and he has a series of suitors that could land him this offseason. Besides the Lakers, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics could try to acquire Melo's services.
Moreover, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy, the Brooklyn Nets could also sign Anthony. Deveney indicates that Melo was born in Brooklyn and homecoming could be appealing for him.
If Anthony wants to get back to his roots, according to executives around the league, the Nets stand out as the big opportunity. Anthony was born in Brooklyn.
“If he wants to go back to the area, the Nets stuff will pop up again,” the GM said. “He’d probably rather be there than back with the Knicks. He won a gold medal with Kevin Durant and Kyrie (Irving) and they wanted to sign him (in 2019) but the front office wanted more defense. Now, he’s kind of shown he can play a role as a 3-point shooter and they need to add more shooting because they’re worried about Joe Harris to start the season. If he leaves the Lakers, there will be interest on both sides with him and the Nets. He could win there.”
Harris had a setback after ankle surgery this season.
Anthony was prepared to sign with the Nets in 2019, after Durant and Irving landed in Brooklyn as free agents, and both stars wanted to bring him aboard. Brooklyn never made a move on him, though, and Anthony wound up starting the season as a free agent before later signing with the Blazers. He would be a fit as a stretch-4 off the bench and could be a useful player at least until Harris returns.
Anthony showed with the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers that he can still be a reliable piece in the NBA. The veteran player is still trying to win that elusive ring, and the Nets could give him a big chance to do so. Still, after going through complex situations in L.A., perhaps he'll think twice before joining another superteam that struggled this season.