Carmelo Anthony might be on the move once again this offseason.
After spending almost a full year away from basketball and staring down the barrel of retirement, Carmelo Anthony was given new life by the Portland Trail Blazers, as he instantly assumed a starting role and put up 15.4 points per game on a Blazers team that made it into the postseason.
Now that Anthony has proven to the NBA world that he’s still capable of getting buckets in his advanced age, he could leverage that breakout season into a role as either a secondary scorer or veteran role player on a title team. These five teams need to be all over him this offseason.
These five teams could use an experienced scorer like Carmelo Anthony
The Dallas Mavericks are trying to swing for the fences this offseason, as they want to add one more star player on the perimeter. Teams like the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs starting rebuilds in their division means that Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and “shooter to be named later” are just inches away from running the Southwest and becoming a perennial playoff team.
While the Mavericks might have their eyes set on someone with a bit of a higher ceiling than a 36-year-old who will dominate the ball when he’s on the floor, Anthony is a perfect failsafe for them, as it gives the veteran a chance to win and score without making him the focal point of the offense.
Dorian Finney-Smith is much younger and a much better defender, but he can, and should, be moved to the bench if the Mavericks are in a position to sign Anthony.
With one of the game’s premier young stars in Doncic and one of Melo’s former teammates in Porzingis ready to dominate and spread the floor as a stretch-5, Dallas might not just be a playoff team, but they could compete for a Western Conference title. Anthony isn’t going to give them 20 points a game every night, but he can get a bucket or two if Doncic and/or Porzingis are off one night in the postseason.