As we approach mid-September and the end of summer gets closer, Carmelo Anthony still remains a free agent.
He played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, and although he played well at times, he showed his age at other moments on both ends of the floor.
The Lakers don’t seem all that interested in bringing him back, as they have gotten much younger this offseason, and the 38-year-old former scoring champ has gotten only lukewarm interest from other teams.
One of the teams rumored to show interest in him was the Boston Celtics.
Danilo Gallinari, a veteran 3-point specialist they recently signed, suffered a knee injury during international play, and although it was first thought to be a mild injury, he was ultimately diagnosed with a torn ACL, which will presumably force him to miss all of this upcoming season.
In the wake of that injury, Boston reportedly was thinking of signing Anthony.
But now, it appears it will pass on the Future Hall of Famer.
“I think they feel they want to find out what they’ve got. They’re not in a hurry,” Celtics beat reporter Mark Murphy said on Chris Forsberg’s Celtics Talk Podcast. “If there’s a trade out there, why not? But I don’t think they’re at all interested in Carmelo, for example.”
Murphy also added that perhaps the reason for the lack of interest is the fact that Anthony is a bad defender, and that the Celtics don’t want to “sacrifice their defensive principles.”
The Celtics Badly Need More Offensive Depth
One of the reasons Boston lost the NBA championship to the Golden State Warriors in June was its lack of offensive punch off the bench.
Only one Celtics reserve averaged more than five points a game in the championship series and only one who got any meaningful playing time shot better than 30 percent from 3-point range.
That one bench player was Derrick White, who shot just 40.9 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from downtown in 26 regular season games for the Celtics.
In the entire postseason, his overall shooting percentage was even worse: 36.4 percent.
Boston has a dearth of other others off the bench.
Forward Grant Williams is a good 3-point shooter, but he put up only 7.8 points in 24.4 minutes a game last season, and fellow frontcourt player Sam Hauser, who was a rookie last year, didn’t produce anything of note.
In Tatum, Brown, and newcomer Malcolm Brogdon, Boston has a very solid offensive core, and its defense should continue to be stellar behind Marcus Smart, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and center Robert Williams III.
But it looks like the team is a pair short of a full house.
Are There Any Options Left For Carmelo Anthony?
If the Celtics won’t sign Anthony, and if the Lakers won’t bring him back, where can he go?
The only team that could make even a little sense for him is one of his former teams, the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony at the Garden .. was special he embraced it 🗽 pic.twitter.com/rJBUhWwfKg
— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) September 9, 2022
Anthony played for them for six-and-a-half seasons, and he lived in the borough of Brooklyn until he was eight years old.
Interestingly, he was in the New York City area watching the New York Jets play the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Carmelo Anthony, Deuce McBride & Immanuel Quickley watch the Jets-Ravens NFL opener at MetLife pic.twitter.com/9EpPdlhOAG
— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) September 11, 2022
But it is unclear if the Knicks even have any interest in bringing Anthony back.