The Golden State Warriors have built their dynasty through both the draft (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) and free agency (Kevin Durant, now DeMarcus Cousins.) At the moment, they have an All-Star starting five - at least when Cousins returns from his Achilles injury. With a 10-time All-Star now available in Carmelo Anthony, could the Warriors make it a sixth?
One columnist - Ray Ratto of NBC Sports BayArea - thinks that while the Warriors have absolutely no use for Anthony on the court, they could still find a way to sign him. The reason? Essentially just to tick off every other team in the league. It'd mostly affect the Rockets, who reportedly already have interest in Anthony.
Not because they need him, because they don’t. Not because they can use him, because they realistically can’t. Not because he fits anything they do, because he absolutely does not.
But they should do it anyway, and only for one reason -- because it will make all the medias, social, antisocial and all medias inbetween, gnash their teeth and shake their fists in more convincingly impotent rage.
And at this point, that’s all that’s really left to entertain us before next June.
In short, he's right. Anthony does not fit Golden State's system, so if they were actually to pursue him, it would strictly be a move meant to drive other teams crazy. It would also send the NBA world into a frenzy, as he notes, even if Anthony's value isn't really that high anymore.
Anthony will make $27.9 million this year - from the Thunder - so he's likely to take some kind of veteran minimum contract wherever he goes. According to ESPN, the Lakers, Rockets and Heat are some of the teams interested in his services.
One thing is for sure - Anthony won't be playing for the Thunder this year. He likely won't be playing for the Warriors either - but it would be hilarious.