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Carmelo Anthony To The Warriors Would Make Sense

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Anthony clearly has solid numbers in his career, averaging 24.0 points in 1064 games (1056 starts) with the Nuggets, Knicks, Thunder and Rockets but he hasn’t played in an NBA game since scoring just two points on 1-for-11 from the field (9.1 percent) with five rebounds over 20 minutes on November 11, 2018 against the Thunder.

Melo signed a $2.4 million veteran’s minimum deal with the Rockets last year but he played just 10 games for them before being traded to the Bulls for the draft rights of Tadija Dragievi. He never played a game with the Bulls and they released him in January. Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds over 29.4 minutes in those 10 games with the Rockets.

“Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him,” Houston general manager Daryl Morey said in a statement following Anthony’s release. “The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized; therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”

The 35-year-old has been sidelined for a long time but he can still contribute in the NBA. His trainer, Chris Brickley appeared on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club recently and told DJ Envy and Angela Yee that Melo is still better than current NBA players right now.

“He’s easily better than 60 percent, 70 percent of the NBA players walking around,” Brickley said.

“It’s just that teams are afraid of ‘I want to be a starter.’ It’s not the case. Melo just wants to have a farewell season, do what D-Wade did. Have a jersey swap. He had a great career, he’s a Hall of Famer. So hopefully that could happen.”

While the 10-time NBA All-Star looked great at Brickley’s Black Ops Basketball Run, teams seem to have given up on him. Anthony thrived with the Nuggets and Knicks because he was the first option on offense but right now he is more suited to be a sixth man or rotation player off the bench.

As a Carmelo Anthony fan, I hope someone gives him a chance but he has to accept a reduced role. He appeared on ESPN’s First Take last Friday and said:

“It strikes me that I’m not on a roster due to my talent, due to my skill. You’re telling me there’s 30 teams in the NBA, and I can’t make a 15-man roster … 1,000 percent [I can accept a lesser role]. I can do that.

I had to do that, I wasn’t willing to do that in Houston because that wasn’t what was relayed to me. It was, you are the piece that we need.”

D.J. Foster of The Ringer wrote an article mentioning that the Warriors could improve their second unit by signing Carmelo Anthony to a veteran’s minimum contract.

“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.”

Alec Burks and Willie Cauley-Stein are Golden State’s only second unit players with more than 1,000 career points scored. The Warriors can have a formidable starting lineup but their bench needs help and Carmelo Anthony would improve that unit.

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