After reviving his basketball career and playing a full year for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, 38-year-old Carmelo Anthony is once again unfortunately out of the NBA. The unemployed future Hall-of-Famer is on the cusp of ending his basketball career, and he might have to do that overseas, specifically in Taiwan, where he's reportedly garnered interest from a professional basketball team.
Melo in Taiwan?
According to Tainan TSG GhostHawks head coach Liu Meng-chu (劉孟竹), a deal is in the works to bring the 10-time NBA All-Star to Southeast Asia to conclude his decorative basketball career. While Anthony has yet to accept the opportunity, the negotiation process between his camp and the TSG GhostHawks' has been progressing.
"Tainan TSG GhostHawks head coach Liu Meng-chu said Sunday that Taiwan Steel Group had greenlit the signing of a marquee overseas player, with a deal for NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony already in the works. At a pregame press conference ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Taoyuan Leopards, Liu said the GhostHawks had opened talks with former Los Angeles Laker Anthony's representatives," Huang Chiao-wen and James Lo reported for Focus Taiwan.
The GhostHawks' search for a high-profile addition comes following the Leopards signing of Anthony's ex-Lakers teammate Dwight Howard.
A meaningful or sad exit?
Anthony, who averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and shot 37.5% from the 3-point line last season, has proved over the past couple of years that he's still capable of contributing meaningful minutes. He was one of the few bright offensive spots for the Lakers last season (granted, the barrier was low), as he can still be a reliable scorer on the post and perimeter, a floor spacer, and to an extent, a playmaker.
The NBA's level of play is certainly higher than the T1 league (Taiwanese men's professional basketball league), so this is a good chance for Anthony to thrive and possibly finish his fruitful career on a strong note — similar to what Dwight Howard is doing right now.
Of course, it would be nice to see Howard and Anthony get their flowers one last time in the NBA, but this is the reality they're facing, and at the end of the day, it's still remarkable to witness these two former superstars make an effort to end their careers in a good note.
If no NBA team wants Melo's services, then at least he can shine one last time in Taiwan if he accepts the opportunity to play with the Tainan TSG GhostHawks.