Carmelo Anthony Frontrunner Emerges After NBA Trade Deadline

Carmelo Anthony Frontrunner Emerges After NBA Trade Deadline

Carmelo Anthony has not suited up for a single game in the 2022-23 NBA season, but that may soon change.

Anthony, 38, played last year for the Los Angeles Lakers and was one of their more reliable offensive presences. Despite that, the team did not invite him back this season and he has remained shelved ever since.

This week, a new report emerged about Anthony’s future.

As it turns out, a title contender may prove to be the ideal landing spot for the future Hall of Famer.

According to NBA insider Landon Buford, Chris Paul apparently wants his organization to sign Anthony ahead of the team’s playoff run.

This isn’t the first time Paul has offered his blunt thoughts on Anthony’s current situation.

In 2021-22, Anthony averaged 13.3 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In a season where most Lakers players couldn’t find the basket, he consistently bailed them out offensively.

It is easy to see how he would be similarly beneficial to the Suns.

Obviously acquiring Kevin Durant has turned Phoenix into the favorite to win a title.

That said, the team still needs depth. You can’t win in the Western Conference anymore with three stars and nothing else – the Lakers learned that lesson the hard way with Russell Westbrook.

Anthony could be a steady veteran presence off the bench who can help Phoenix score when it matters most.

Time will tell whether the Suns actually make this move, but clearly Paul is in favor of it.

Will Anthony land in Phoenix at some point this year and finally win that ever-elusive championship? One way or the other, an answer should emerge soon enough.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.
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