Carmelo Anthony eyeing NBA return? Former Knicks, Lakers star reveals surprise NBA team tried signing superstar 

Carmelo Anthony retired from the Lakers in 2023

Carmelo Anthony eyeing NBA return? Former Knicks, Lakers star reveals surprise NBA team tried signing superstar 

On May 22, 2023, Carmelo Anthony, a ten-time NBA All-Star, announced his retirement after playing 19 seasons in the NBA. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest scorers in NBA history.

Carmelo has engaged in new ventures post-retirement. He will collaborate with Joel Martinez (The Kid Mero) to co-host the soon-to-be-launched “7pm in Brooklyn.” The show is premiering its first episode on Thursday. It has captivated audiences by providing a teaser clip that hinted at what to anticipate on launch day.


During the discussion, the topic turned to his contemplation of returning to basketball post-retirement. Kid Mero asked if Melo had received any calls from teams. This is what he said:

China. The Pelicans also called. That jersey would’ve been, hide that jersey, hide that.
Carmelo Anthony via 7pm in Brooklyn podcast

Given his popularity, opting for China could have resulted in a lucrative salary, but envisioning Melo in a New Orleans shirt also remains intriguing. Across 1,260 games played, he maintained an average of 22.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.

Carmelo Stats in perspective

Anthony showcased versatility by playing the small forward position and displaying proficiency as a power forward. Notably, he shares the NBA record for the second-highest points scored in a single quarter, amassing an impressive 33 points. Furthermore, he holds the New York Knicks‘ single-game franchise scoring record with 62 points.


During his tenure with the Denver Nuggets, he consistently guided them to the playoffs from 2004 to 2010. It even culminated in their first conference finals appearance since 1985 in the 2009 season. Additionally, Anthony boasts an Olympic record, having represented the USA national team four times, securing three gold medals and one bronze medal.

Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony (via X)

Anthony has played for six teams, including the Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He is poised to be eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame 2026.

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