Eastern Conference Contender Interested in Snatching Lakers Star
An Eastern Conference contender may soon steal a Los Angeles Lakers veteran. Brandon Scoop B Robinson of Bally Sports was the first to report this. According to his report, the Boston Celtics showed great interest in signing Carmelo Anthony.
Carmelo Anthony has been considered a potential signee by the Boston Celtics in recent days following Danilo Gallinari's suffered torn meniscus in his left knee on Saturday, I'm told.— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson (@ScoopB) August 31, 2022
Knicks are still believed to have interest in the former Laker, Thunder, Blazer, Rocket. pic.twitter.com/nGePtMj7YI
LeBron James wanted Melo to join his team, but the Lakers took their time to make this move. It was a great opportunity for the veteran and now he may try his chances with the Celtics. Melo is an unrestricted free agent and this could be a good decision for him, unless the Lakers get him back. In the 2021-22 NBA season, Melo averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game while going 44.1% from the field, 37.5% from beyond the arc, and 83.0% from the free-throw line.
Eastern Conference Contender to motivate the Lakers to keep Melo on their roster?
How does Melo feel about his experience in LA? ESPN’s Dave McMenamin talked to the veteran a few months ago.
“This was another chapter for me,” Anthony told McMenamin. “I can say I’ve experienced it. … I can finally check the box — played with Bron. Played with AD. We had, on paper — we were phenomenal on paper. Me, personally, I had a good year, personally. Just as far as happiness and being able to go out there and compete and being able to do my part, play my part on this team. There were good days, there were bad days, but we got through it, and I got through it.”
If you ask Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report, he will say that Rob Pelinka should bring Melo back for another season. He could be an excellent contributor and Darvin Ham should use him off the bench.
“The Lakers have upped their youth and athleticism on the perimeter this offseason, but they could stand to add more shot-making,” Buckley wrote. “Or rather, retain the shot-making they already had. Carmelo Anthony showed there’s more in the tank (at least on the offensive end) for the now-38-year-old. Last season, he was fifth on the Lakers in scoring (13.3 points per game), third in three-point makes (2.2) and fourth in win shares (3.6).”