The Los Angeles Lakers had quite a busy offseason.
For those tardy to the party, it included a total of six players returned from last season. It’s a list which includes LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso.
The Lakers’ newcomers include Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels and rookie Talen Horton-Tucker. Along with a new-look core, Los Angeles hired a new head coach in Frank Vogel and assistant in Jason Kidd.
The table is set and the Lakers also have one final roster spot, which poses the question lingering in the minds of many fans.
Could Carmelo Anthony Be the Missing Piece?
Anthony hasn’t played NBA basketball since November 8, 2018, in a game against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. A 10-time NBA All-Star, Anthony signed with the Houston Rockets this summer after clearing waivers in a trade that shipped him from the Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks.
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The third overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, it is believed by some that Anthony could end up joining the Lakers.
“I think next season a team will possibly bring him in,” NBA Hall of Famer, Grant Hill told me of Anthony back in the spring.
The Lakers and Anthony had mutual interests toward the end of last season — until a mound of LA losses occurred.
“He is one of the best 300 players in the world that’s not playing,” TNT’s Kenny Smith told me in April. “You can’t say he’s not one of the best 300 players.”
While he’s been away from the game, he’s been spending a ton of time going to his son, Kiyan’s basketball games.
“I don’t know if they remember how good of a player he was and still is,” Blake Griffin told Landon Buford last season. “Sometimes it’s the situation. It sucks to see as a basketball player to see people act [as if] he is something [that] he is not.”
“He’s a great player,” New York Knicks’ Lance Thomas told me in December.
“He’s a great teammate, most importantly he’s a great human being and he’s always been a great advocate for the NBA as a brand. So I just want him to get back on a team and play the sport he loves that’s paved a way for him and his family, and he just loves to play basketball, so I really want him back on a team.”
The Rockets traded Anthony to the Chicago Bulls before the NBA’s trade deadline and he was later waived.
Now, the 35-year-old is waiting for the best deal to come around.
Carmelo Anthony Has Contemplated Retirement
Anthony has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his 16-year career with the Thunder, Knicks, Nuggets and Rockets. He’s a long small forward, and is the epitome of today’s game, as he has the ability to score in a number of ways.
In an interview with Taryn Finley of the Huffington Post, Melo suggested that he is at peace with the fact he may not play much longer. “I’m sure [retirement is] coming soon,” he said.
“I’d be sitting lying to you if I said it’s not coming soon. I think I want it to come soon. I don’t think I want to do this forever, but because you love it so much, it’s hard to give it up. At the end of the day, at anything you do, when it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go. But as long as you feel good with that.”