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4 Teams That Carmelo Anthony Could Actually Help if He Accepts a Limited Bench Role

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets talks with referee Jonathan Sterling after being called for a foul during the second quarter Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center on October 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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After two unsuccessful seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony finds himself a free agent in early August with limited hope of joining an NBA team.

While Anthony's production and efficiency have declined over the past few years, his ego has not. Anthony could add depth and bench scoring to a contending roster if he had a better understanding of his role at this stage of his career.

Here are four teams Melo could actually help if he were to put his ego aside:

1. Golden State Warriors

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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With Klay Thompson out until at least January, the Warriors will need additional scoring until he returns. Outside of D'Angelo Russell, the Warriors had a quiet offseason and could struggle to score in Thompson's absence. Klay's vacancy in Golden State could offer Melo a chance to earn his way onto a contending team's roster.

2. Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: James Ennis III #11, Ben Simmons #25, Joel Embiid #21, and Mike Scott #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers in action against the Toronto Raptors in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 112-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia is another contending team that lacks depth on the wing, and Anthony fits that mold. Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris could all benefit from Melo's veteran presence and offensive skillset. Philadelphia's shooting took a hit with the losses of Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick, so it's feasible that Anthony could help fill that void.

3. Denver Nuggets

PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Nikola Jokic #15, speaks with Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets during the second half of Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on May 09, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 119-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Is a Melo reunion with the Denver Nuggets a possibility? Sure, if you look at Denver's lack of reliable scoring options. Jamal Murray and Gary Harris still need to improve before the Nuggets can contend with the Western Conference elite, and another scorer and shooter to accompany Jokic would only help the team's chances.

4. Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: (L-R) Head coach Doc Rivers, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and owner Steve Ballmer of the Los Angeles Clippers attend the Paul George and Kawhi Leonard introductory press conference at Green Meadows Recreation Center on July 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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With another roster spot left and top-heavy talent that can contend with any team in the league, why shouldn't the Clippers take a chance on Carmelo Anthony? They just signed Patrick Patterson for whatever reason, and spending an extra slot on a guy who was once considered the best scorer in the league doesn't seem like too much of a gamble.