NBA: It’s looking more and more like Carmelo Anthony’s career is over

NBA New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

 It’s looking more and more like Carmelo Anthony’s NBA career is really over

As the 2019-20 NBA season inches closer, Carmelo Anthony is still unemployed despite still holding out hope that another opportunity will arise.

Perhaps the only team that really makes sense for Anthony is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers – in large part due to his relationship with LeBron James – however, the fact that it still hasn’t happened, even after the injury to DeMarcus Cousins, is not an encouraging sign.

The last time Anthony was in an NBA uniform lasted roughly 10 games with the Houston Rockets. It was decided that it would be in the best interest of both parties to move on from each other. Anthony would spend the rest of the 2018-19 season looking for a better opportunity, which never arose.

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And just like that, his professional NBA career was over. It wasn’t something that any NBA fan could see coming. He never got the farewell tour. He wasn’t even prepared for his career in the league to be over.

He tried to get signed by other teams, but for whatever reason, it never worked out for him. Despite his impressive track record, Anthony never got another opportunity.

To this day, it would appear that Anthony still has hopes of returning to the league (considering that he hasn’t formally retired) even though he has said he is a peace with the idea that he might never play in the league again.

The 35-year-old former superstar boasted an average of 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and three assists per game in over 16 NBA seasons. He’s got the skills, but he just needs the team. If he is going to play again, the Lakers seem like the only team that really makes sense. Though, there’s no sense that it will happen or even any time soon.

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There’s no question that Carmelo Anthony deserves another shot in the NBA. However, at this point, there’s a very good chance that we may never see him again. It’s a new sad reality.