Former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony could be on the hunt for a new NBA home this offseason and he could land with one of the favorites to win the title next season. According to NBA Analysis Network’s Evan Massey, if Anthony were to leave the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers could be his next home.
“The Lakers appear to be the most likely landing point for Carmelo Anthony if he leaves Portland in free agency,” a source told Massey. “Both parties have a high level of interest in each other.”
This makes sense for a number of reasons. First, Portland fell again in the first round of the playoffs last season. Superstar Damian Lillard is clearly frustrated with not competing for the championships. This offseason could be one of the big changes for the Trail Blazers, especially if they deal with Lillard. With Carmelo in the twilight of his career, would he stick around for that? Or would he be more interested in chasing an NBA title before hanging up his studs for good?
A move to the Lakers would give him the one thing missing from his NBA resume.
For the Blazers in a reserve role, Anthony scored 13.4 points per game while shooting 40.9 percent from three points. That kind of punch and bench-shooting ability is exactly what the Lakers lacked in the 2020-21 campaign. A healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis, combined with Melo on the bench, would make the Lakers one of the favorites in the West. It would also allow Melo to pursue that elusive title.
It has been well documented that James and Carmelo are good friends. Teaming up, as they have done in the past for gold medals at the Olympics, would also be a great story.