When you see that Carmelo Anthony averaged 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game on 39.9 percent shooting from deep throughout the past two seasons with the Trail Blazers, you probably find it hard to imagine that he had so much trouble finding a home in the first place. But that was the case prior to his bounce-back stint in Portland, and he's reaping the benefits of his hard work and his consistent production now.
The 10-time All-Star joined Chris Haynes on the "Posted Up" podcast and discussed how there were several teams showing interest in him — a completely different story than was the case a couple years back — including two that would have brought him to back to the Northeast (h/t Jason Dumas).
"New York was always there. Coming back to New York was always a story," Melo said. "I always told my son, when he goes to high school, I'll be right there with [him], so the New York thing made sense.
"Philly, I was looking at Philly. I didn't get a chance to really converse with Philly, but there was interest there. I didn't get a chance to talk to the guys on the team, you know — Joel (Embiid) and Tobias (Harris). They reached out to me but I didn't get a chance to get back to them because everything was just happening, so crazy... New Orleans had interest.
"...The interest was there. It felt good to see that again and be a part of, you know, teams interested in me as opposed to being in the opposite situation from where I was 18-20 months ago, where it was like, no team was reaching out and calling for whatever reason it was."
Anthony would have been a boost to all three of the teams mentioned above. The 76ers enjoyed Mike Scott's three-point shooting services in 2018-19, when he knocked down 41.2 percent of his long-range attempts, but he has since seen a drop off in his accuracy and, in turn, his role. Meanwhile, the Knicks revamped their lineup with Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier in the backcourt, and a sharpshooter like Anthony behind Julius Randle would have propelled them into the Eastern Conference title hunt even further. And the Pelicans could use help all over the roster, though they may not be as competitive a team as Anthony may be looking for at this stage in his career.
At this point, though, all of this is in the rearview mirror, and Anthony has an exciting outlook with the Lakers alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and plenty others in his pursuit of that elusive NBA Finals ring.