We've had plenty of rumors about Carmelo Anthony potentially joining the Los Angeles Lakers over the years. If there is an NBA superstar out there, he's been mocked up in Lakers gear by fans of the team numerous times, whether or not he's ever been in consideration by the team.
For Melo, however, it is now a reality. After successfully relaunching his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers as a role player alongside Damian Lillard and company, he'll look to fit a similar role with his good friend LeBron James as well as Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
Melo is one of a number of big-time additions by the Lakers this offseason. The headliner is the trade for Westbrook, but the team has also added a slew of veterans, including Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, Malik Monk, Kendrick Nunn, and most recently Rajon Rondo.
After lengthy tenures with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks, we've seen Carmelo Anthony bounce around to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and Blazers since 2017. Now, he lands with one of the most iconic franchises in all of sports. While it'll be a bit until we see him in a full Lakers uniform, we got a sneak peak at him in purple and gold this week.
After just 10 games with the Rockets in 2018, Anthony flamed out of the league for nearly a year. Finally, in November 2019, he signed with Portland, and quickly proved that he still has something to give in the NBA, especially as a spot-up shooter.
He averaged 15.4 points per game in his first year with the Blazers. His minutes dropped from nearly 33 per game to 24.5 in 2020-21, but he was an even more efficient scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game on .421/.409/.890 shooting. That three-point mark was the best since his 2010-11 season with the Knicks, and he had the best year of his career at the free throw line. The Lakers desperately need shooters to surround playmakers like LeBron and Russ. If Carmelo can keep knocking down threes at a 40-percent clip, he'll see plenty of time on the court in L.A. [
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