Carmelo Anthony should be in the NBA, that’s clear. Players respect Carmelo, he wants to play, and what he has left has fans curious. As the season approaches, Carmelo has no team and is becoming desperate as he appeared on ESPN’s First Take to explain the narratives about him and his extreme interest to come back to the NBA. For today let’s talk about not why Carmelo has no team yet, but what teams could use him.
5. The Denver Nuggets- The Nuggets hold great memories for Carmelo Anthony. The franchise has a new star and a solid supporting cast, but something is missing. Watching Denver in the playoffs was entertaining, but I don’t think anyone felt the team on the floor could make it all the way. I’m in no way saying Carmelo could carry the nuggets to the promised land, but all the Nuggets best players have a ceiling and bringing Melo back could offer the team a “what if” and mix things up overall.
4. The Miami Heat- Pat Riley has refused to go away quietly. Now that Jimmy Butler is officially in South Beach, the Heat have a giant “what now?” problem. It’s clear that Pat Riley doesn’t want to rebuild as long as he’s around. He’ll need a big move to inspire the team and Jimmy. Heat fans like excitement and I don’t think Melo’s past will ruin the mood, just the name will be enough.
3. The Portland Trail Blazers- Portland is like Denver, but to the extreme. The team made it as far as they ever have against Golden State in the Western Finals but made no major changes. All Portland’s money is tied up in Dame and C.J. so Carmelo’s veteran’s minimum and the upside is welcome.
2. The Indians Pacers- The Pacers lost a big part of their team in Bojan Bogdanovich. Indiana may be without Oladipo or at least a fully effective Oladipo to start the year. It’s to the point where Melo can’t noticeably drag the team down and whatever he has left could give Indiana a needed edge.
1. The Brooklyn Nets- Brooklyn and Melo have a mutual love for each other. Last season Carmelo got cheers as he faked a jumper in the crowd during Dwayne Wade’s last game. This year for Brooklyn isn’t championship-driven because of Kevin Durant’s absent. The Net’s can build team chemistry while playing Melo in blowouts to give him his earned goodbye.