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​Carmelo has visits planned; which NBA team fits best?



BY SAM SPIEGELMAN
XN Sports

The Carmelo Anthony free-agent tour is set to get underway this week, with meetings planned with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Anthony said he hopes to pick a team by the second week of July, and that he has not ruled out returning to the New York Knicks.

Of the five potential landing spots, where does 'Melo fit in best? Here's the scoop:

Chicago Bulls

Should we read into the tea leaves that he'll be visiting Chicago first? Maybe.

The Bulls seem like the perfect fit: a team lacking an elite scorer. But at the same time, this is a team based on defense, something over the course of his career Anthony has failed to show on a consistent basis.

The biggest pitfall here is what Chicago's roster would look like if it signed Anthony. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, and Taj Gibson may be kicked to the door, then you have to wonder if losing those weapons is worth it.

Not to mention Derrick Rose hasn't been overwhelmingly warm about the prospect of playing alongside 'Melo.

Houston Rockets

Wow, a trio of Anthony, Dwight Howard, and James Harden. That's major.

The Rockets already sent Omer Asik packing and reportedly have deals to do the same to Jeremy Lin in order to make salary cap space for Anthony. The offense - it would be unstoppable. Two elite wing scorers plus Howard dominating in the paint.

But again, 'Melo's drawback - defense - comes into play. Harden is also a terrible defender, so who is going to be the Rockets' stopper in crunch time? That's what cost Houston its opening-round playoff series against Portland, and it'll bite them on the backside again in 2014-15, even with Anthony.

Dallas Mavericks

Anthony can reunite with Tyson Chandler in Big D, and play alongside another full of Hall of Famer in Dirk Nowitzki.

How much more does Nowitzki have in the tank, though? He's already on the downslope of his career, so a championship window with Dirk is probably smaller than you'd think.

Dirk and Anthony have a similar skill-set, and although Nowitzki has stated he'd be fine with a lesser role to make room for Anthony, you have to wonder what the value of joining the really Mavs is.

Los Angeles Lakers

By going to Los Angeles, Anthony would be entering a unique - and sort of risky - situation. On one hand, he can try to compete alongside Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and potentially Pau Gasolin Year 1. And eventually, he can become the cornerstone of the historic organization.

But when Nash and Kobe hang up their cleats, Anthony will have to trust Lakers management to reassemble a roster catered around him. That may include a year or two of being stuck on a non-competitive team like Kobe went through.

There have been indications Anthony is interested in joining up with Gasol, who is also rumored to want to reunite with Phil Jackson in New York.

New York Knicks

No team can pay Anthony more than the Knicks, and money is the second-most important factor to Anthony other than a chance to win titles.

It has been suggested Anthony was a fan of the recent trade to acquire Jose Calderon, which gives the Knicks a true perimeter threat and pass-first point guard. Reports have also indicated Anthony loved playing at Madison Square Garden.

So far, Jackson has made some nice moves to revamp the roster, and returning Anthony is a major piece of the puzzle.

Financial Fit For Carmelo


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slaytonc June 30 2014 at 5:56 PM

The ego tour continues. He already knows exactly what he is going to do. Just wanting hos ego pumped up.

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bailey.willie June 30 2014 at 6:43 PM

WHO CARES. GREED, GREED. TYPICAL NBA PLAYER. NO BRAINS SOME TALENT. GET A REAL JOB

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tbbucs56 June 30 2014 at 9:23 PM

Kobe and Nash play in cleats?Thats not fair

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dmesse1 tbbucs56 July 01 2014 at 3:42 PM

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Yobrave July 01 2014 at 8:12 AM

Carmelo does not fit on any team! His ego is so big that the guy is worthless!

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vernsmaria Yobrave July 01 2014 at 1:32 PM

That's why teams are lining up and dumping players because he's worthless and doesn't fit.

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Lee July 01 2014 at 11:48 AM

I think he should go to Philly. Philly has the money to pay. They showed no commitment to winning in the draft. Melo is horrible on defense and Philly cannot score or defend. So Melo can sink 30 a game, lose and get paid. No one will ride him because he is a scorer and cannot further lower anyones expectations on a non existant defense. The only better thing is that Phlly does sign him and then the team moves to either Camden or Alaska. The signing might even make Allen Iverson look like a basketball god.

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NUNYA July 01 2014 at 11:50 AM

Just keep this over rated windbag out of Boston...we don't need his brand of defense or LaLa!

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theomegaman72 July 01 2014 at 12:34 PM

Lakers don't want him and neither do their fans, son't know why they are even bothering

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jnjackman July 01 2014 at 1:44 PM

why would anybody want this turd who shoots 45% and plays NO defense. 27 points a game isn't worth it. Especially after seeing the spurs dominate with folks who are the antithesis of Anthony.

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