After winning their third championship in four seasons, the Golden State Warriors have officially turned the league into their own personal playground. At this point, unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine any team actually challenging them for NBA supremacy.
Still, just because the league currently lacks any semblance of parity, that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting storylines still going on. In fact, one of the biggest to date revolves around the following question: Where will Carmelo Anthony be playing in the 2018–19 season?
One thing we know for certain is that Melo will not be back with the Oklahoma City Thunder. And now that he’s been given permission to speak with prospective clubs, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, let the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes begin.
As you can imagine, we’re not the only ones excited about this situation. The oddsmakers in Vegas have made their feelings known. See who they believe have the best odds of landing Carmelo Anthony.
4. Toronto Raptors (+800)
Despite finishing with the best record (59-23) in the Eastern Conference last season, the Toronto Raptors were still unable to advance to the NBA Finals. However, now that LeBron James no longer stands in their way, the Raptors have a golden opportunity to take things to the next level. Adding a scorer like Carmelo to a roster already consisting of All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry might be exactly what the club needs to finally get over the hump.
2. (tie) Miami Heat (+500)
According to reports, Anthony met with officials from the Heat at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. Clearly, the chance to play with one of his best friends in Dwyane Wade might be too appealing for Melo to pass up. Miami is looking like a hot destination in more ways than one.
2. (tie) Los Angeles Lakers (+500)
Playing for the Los Angeles Lakers might not give Anthony his best chance of winning a title, but it will give him the opportunity to play alongside another one of his besties — LeBron James. And while the Dubs are obviously the team to beat in the NBA, the King is arguably the greatest equalizer the game has ever seen. So, who knows, maybe together James and Melo can bring Showtime back to Hollywood.
1. Houston Rockets (-200)
The Houston Rockets might be coming off a 65-win season (the best in the NBA) in 2018, but thanks to the offseason loss of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, the team is looking at a massive wing-sized hole on the roster. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising they’re “determined to sign” Anthony when he becomes available, according to Wojnarowski. Melo also met with the Rockets brass in Vegas, so clearly, there’s mutual interest.
Other teams to watch:
- Boston Celtics (+950)
- Washington Wizards (+1000)
- Atlanta Hawks (+1000)
- Brooklyn Nets (+2000)
- New York Knicks (+5000)
- Field (+800)
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