It's been a while since Carmelo Anthony got the respect he's due. His game may not be perfectly suited for modern basketball but he's one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history and still has enough left in the tank.
Anthony's not likely going to be that kind of player who's comfortable coming off the bench for years, so, after struggling to find a team this season, it's unlikely that he'll take his next step lightly.
Melo is going to take everything into account knowing that next year may be his last one. But where could he thrive the most on his potentially final season? Let's break it down:
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have put together one of the strongest teams in the NBA right now. And with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard under contract for another couple of years, there's no reason to think they won't be Championship contenders next season.
Anthony would have to come off the bench and give up some shots but hey, he's averaging 15.3 points per game on 13.6 field goal attempts per game this season which is his second-lowest mark ever, so you know he'd be fine with taking a step back in the offense.
On that same note, Anthony could join the Milwaukee Bucks for two reasons. First, it would help the team's front office to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo and convince him to sign a contract extension. Second, they'll be Championship contenders as long as the Greek Freak's around.
Anthony would also have to come off the bench for the Bucks but he'd have plenty of playing time and shots, as they don't have a true scorer on the team that could create his shot other than Giannis and Middleton. He may be the offensive spark they need to finally turn the corner.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors aren't going to be bad for long. They'll have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson back at full strength plus Andrew Wiggins and a potential top-5 pick. Add Carmelo Anthony into the mix and they'd be just fine.
The Warriors are always looking for veterans to come off the bench on a discount and help their winning cause. Anthony would be perfectly suited for Steve Kerr's system and he'd have a shot at winning a ring before retiring.
Los Angeles Lakers
Carmelo Anthony's friendship with LeBron James has been long discussed and documented. They've been incredibly close since before making it to the league and the King even advocated for him to get a deal with the Lakers this season.
Next year will likely be their last chance to team up before retirement and the Lakers are likely going to move some of their role players for salary cap purposes. Thus, Anthony could find its way to the Staples Center to try and win a chip with his closest friend in the league.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have struggled to compete for decades, but they were as close as they could when Carmelo Anthony was running the show. They did him wrong and his career took a major downfall after they got rid of him, but that' s all in the past now that Phil Jackson's no longer around.
The Knicks are reportedly going to make a run at several stars in the offseason. But even if they're not in a position to compete, there would be no better place for Melo to retire than the Madison Square Garden, right in front of his people.