Carmelo Anthony Would Reportedly be Open to Returning to the Knicks as Career Winds Down

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Carmelo Anthony, one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, remains without a job after last playing for the Rockets in 2018. While he possesses one of the smoothest jumpers in the league, his sizable contract and his inefficiency left no place for him in Houston, and no other team tried to bring him aboard.

Well, with his career clearly on the decline, Melo is still looking to get back into the league, and hasn't ruled about the possibility of reuniting with his former team, the New York Knicks, according to Ian Begley.

Returning to Madison Square Garden would be an interesting move for Melo, as there is no way the Knicks would be willing to pay him big money, with their priorities set on landing star free agents this offseason. A few years ago, one would have considered Melo to fit that mold, but that is no longer the case.

Still, should Anthony be willing to play on a veteran's minimum contract, perhaps a return to the Big Apple would be plausible. He could be beneficial to a young Knicks team, especially if they fail to lure the high-profile free agents they covet.

While Melo infamously laughed off the idea of taking a bench role during his brief stint with the Thunder, it's crazy just how far down the totem pole the 35-year-old has fallen.

He spent seven of his best years in NYC, averaging 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting 44% from the field across 412 games with the team. It would be awesome to see him back in the Garden, and perhaps the Knicks will bring him back, should he agree with their price tag.