Who Wants to Melo?
Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City Thunder seem to have learned from their mistakes and want to switch paths before is too late. The Thunder last year season can be summarize in simply saying that it was a disappointment. They never lived up past the hype of being a super team, by the end of the season they barely played liked a team. Now that summer is here and teams have to dance around free agency, salary caps and summer madness. So who wants to Melo?
Anthony said it himself that he didn’t fit into the role that was set for him over in OKC and nobody disagrees. OKC was sad to watch, seriously, Westbrook average a triple double (again) and nobody was impressed. PG more times than other seem like he was day dreaming about LA during games. Moving Anthony, could be a step towards the right direction for OKC.
Who wants to Melo?
This may sound like some nonsense, why would the Carmelo Anthony want to go to a struggling team like the Hornets? Because **drumroll** it would be the team that would give him the most freedom to be himself and adjust to his play area to used up whatever he has in the tank. Anthony would return to the East Conference and with Kemba Walker still in the books for the Hornets, bringing in Anthony will help off load his scoring load. Signing Anthony may not guaranteed a championship but it could get them back in to the playoffs while still developing their young players.
Dwayne Casey recently won coach of the year and then got fired. Anthony is coming off one of his worse seasons in the NBA. Both need a bounce back season, the Pistons could be the answer for both. Jackson, Kennard, Anthony, Griffin and Drummond doesn’t sound like a bad starting 5. Jackson and Drummond can start off the pick and roll, while Kennard, Anthony and Griffin work from the 3.
San Antonio Spurs
Nobody knows really knows what is going to happen with Leonard just yet. The Spurs should look to have a back-up plan, Anthony could be it. Rudy Gay is coming back and LaMarcus Aldrige proved to be serviceable team number 1 option. Tony Parker departure could be their commitment to the young guys at the guard positions. Small forward is a position that they would have to fill assuming they don’t get their asking price of both Ingram and Kuzma from the Lakers.
Utah may not appeal to the lifestyle that Anthony prefers but this team would give him the best shot at championship ring (without going straight to a super team). The Jazz eliminated Anthony and the Thunder, but that should be easily forgotten (along with his whole last season). Rubio, Mitchell, Anthony, Favors and Gobert as the starting five, am sure Quinn Snyder will make a lot work. Anthony defensive issues would be much of a concern when you have the former Defensive player of the year Rudy Goblock on the team. Anthony and Mitchell will handle the scoring while Rubio makes impressive passes to Favors and Gobert. Snyder, in my opinion, is a far better coach than Billy Donovan and will be able to find more fitting ways to use Anthony.
Houston Rockets or any Super Team
If anything we should have learned from Anthony and super teams is that they don’t work. Perhaps due to injuries (possible excuse for the Knicks) or maybe coaching (Billy Donovan is not a good coach). The point is that Anthony still has some good years left in the NBA before he has to fully commit to just ring chasing (look up David West). Am not a believer that Anthony should look to join any of the Banana Boat Crew (just yet). Signing with Houston would just mean that he be filling the Ariza role, the only shoot 3s (mostly from the corner) role. That may sound appealing but it won’t really be fun to watch.
Lastly, Los Angeles Lakers
Playing next to LAbron and the Lakers doesn’t just sounds fun but could be his best bet overall. Luke Walton is a great coach, also maybe just me for a while there he seem to have had the Lakers rolling really good last year. Walton and the Lakers also seem to have a way of beating the Warriors even without any stars. Anthony might be past his All Star days but is still able to contribute offensively and also is a great competitor.
So Who Wants To Melo? What are your thoughts and opinions?