Carmelo Anthony at Warriors would ‘make sense,’ NBA GM believes

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Why NBA GM Believes Melo Joining Dubs Would ‘Make Sense’, Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

As free agent Carmelo Anthony looks for a home for his 20th NBA season, an unnamed NBA general manager believes the 10-time All-Star joining the defending champion Warriors would make sense for both sides.

“It would be a great story if he could win a ring there to end his career,” the anonymous executive told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney earlier this week. “Golden State has the space for him. He can make shots and they can hide his defense, which is one of the big problems with adding him.

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“He would take the minimum. They have a lot of young guys on that roster, they could use another veteran – and those guys all know Carmelo from Team USA. I don’t know if they would really take that leap on him, but it has makes any sense.”

At 38, Anthony is far from the superstar he was for the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks in the first ten years of his career. But by refusing to take on a lesser role as he got older, Anthony dropped out of the league for all but 10 games of the 2018-19 season.

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Anthony learned that lesson the hard way and has resumed his role-playing career, mainly coming off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers over the past two seasons. He averaged 13.4 points and 3.6 rebounds on 39.1 percent outside shot during that period.

In 19 seasons, Anthony has never made it past the conference final. He joined LeBron James and the Lakers last season in pursuit of a ring only for that team to finish 11th in the Western Conference and miss the play-in tournament.

The Warriors do have a spot on the list open and it is conceivable to attract a veteran if Andre Iguodala chooses to retire. It would be a fun storyline to have Anthony fit alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to chase the one missing piece from his Hall of Fame resume.

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However, the Warriors are candid about their plan to give youngsters like Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman a bigger role in their pursuit of consecutive titles next season. Anthony contributing 20 minutes per game from the bench would cut their playing time significantly.

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