NBA Rumors: Top 3 Potential Landing Spots For Carmelo Anthony

After another successful season in his new late-career role of bench scorer, 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony is still on the free agent market as we approach the start of training camp. Two teams, the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics have apparently already ruled out a Melo signing.

But that doesn't mean that there aren't some landing spots that do make a whole lot of sense for the 38-year-old. He's been hitting threes at a pace close to 40% over the past three years. 

Let's have a look at three teams that should be considering signing the 19-year vet.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs just lost their second-leading scorer in Jalen Brunson, and need to make that scoring up somewhere. Anthony has notched between 13 and 15 points per game the last four years, and can offer Dallas some scoring off the bench. This is a team, after all, as noted by Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix and Howard Beck, that finished in the bottom third of the league in bench scoring last season.

Carmelo can hit corner threes, and keeping some extra spacing for Luka Doncic to do his thing is crucial.

Phoenix Suns

With discussions underway to commit to power forward Cam Johnson with an extension, the Suns could be signaling the end of Jae Crowder's time in Phoenix. He was inconsistent with his long-range shooting last season, and is entering the final year of his contract. 

Anthony could provide some depth behind Mikal Bridges, Johnson and Crowder (if he's not dealt). Plus, Melo's buddy Chris Paul would likely be happy to have him on board. 

Los Angeles Lakers

Look, things worked out pretty well last season for Melo in LA. In fact, Carmelo Anthony was one of the few things that didn't go wrong in the Lakers' 2021-22 season. He averaged 13.3 points off the bench, hitting on 37.5% of his threes, and there were no controversies involving him. 

He obviously gets along with LeBron James, and the Lakers could do worse than a plug 'n' play Melo hitting corner threes off the bench.

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