Where Will Melo Play? Carmelo Anthony Expected To Be “Released Or Traded” By Bulls
Carmelo Anthony was officially traded to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, sparking debate on where Melo will play next. It’s been reported that the Bulls have no plans on playing Melo Instead, it’s been reported that the Bulls will look to trade him by the February 7th NBA trade deadline, or waive him if no trade partner is found , making him a free agent.
Melo is 34, but was able to average 16.2 points in 78 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year. He does not offer much on defense, but has the ability to contribute in the right system. With that being said, let's take a look at the top three teams that could use the services of 10 time All Star Carmelo Anthony.
Although it is not likely, the Utah Jazz would make sense for Carmelo Anthony. The Jazz are a defensively sound team that looks to be well on their way to competing an another postseason this year. Utah is scoring the 3rd least points in the western conference, and may be looking to inject a new offensive threat.
Melo could take the minutes that are currently being played by forward Royce O’Neal. O’Neil is averaging 18.0 minutes per game, and offers little on the offensive end for Utah. If it was offense that they are after, Utah should make a move for Melo.
Miami already have their long term starter at small forward in Justise Winslow, but Carmelo Anthony offers great veteran coverage for Miami in that position. Miami is fighting for a spot in the postseason, and could use the scoring. 36 year old Dwyane Wade is the third highest scorer on the team averaging 13.8 points a game. Melo has the potential, even at 34 years of age, to come in and average 17+ points, improving this Miami team. Look for the Heat to be in the running for Melo.
The Lakers seem to be the front runners to acquire Carmelo. LeBron James has built a reputation as a “player recruiter” in this league, and it appears as if Melo will be another one of LeBron’s additions.
Concerning the rumor of Melo being linked to LA, LeBron had this to say. "I think it would be great to have Carmelo Anthony be on the Lakers. I believe Melo can still play the game. I believe I can help Melo,..
I know Melo better than Melo knows himself at times, and vice versa. So if the opportunity presents itself I would welcome it."
LeBron has made it clear that he would favor a Melo move to LA, and sees Antony as a useful piece to add. LA has struggled on the offensive side, lacking shooters.
Melo would likely earn 15-20 minutes in the rotation, and used mostly as a knockdown shooter, adding width, stretching out defenses to create space or passing options for dribble drives.
The links between Melo and LA seem legit, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently tweeting,
“The Lakers maintain interest in Anthony, but do not want to waive a guaranteed player to create a roster spot for him, league sources tell ESPN. If a roster spot eventually opens with LA, yes, the Lakers are a possible destination for Anthony.”