Rumor has it that the Houston Rockets are on the verge of waiving Carmelo Anthony. If this happens, the Phoenix Suns should pursue the future Hall of Famer.
The Phoenix Suns have a number of problems, and locker room chemistry is not one of them (that we know of).
If the Houston Rockets do waive Carmelo Anthony, the Suns should reach out to the superstar and future Hall of Famer, and attempt to bring him in for the remainder of this season.
Why? Because he can actually help the Suns win.
According to Owner Robert Sarver, the tank is over and he is expecting this team to be a winner.
Heck, that very reason is supposedly why he fired Ryan McDonough as General Manager after an offseason that many believed was actually successful, even if he did not resolve the starting point guard crisis.
But for a team that is supposedly done with intentionally losing, one would expect that that franchise would actually do everything they can to put together a winner, which includes pursuing, and if possible, signing players off the scrap heap who might actually be an upgrade over the talent currently on the roster.
This is where Carmelo Anthony comes in.
While not waived just yet (and his own current General Manager said that ‘Melo is the product of some very unfortunate rumors), if Anthony is available, than Sarver and the Suns should reach out to him and see if he would be willing to help Phoenix at least somewhat revive their season – while possibly reviving the end of the superstar’s career.
If Carmelo came to Phoenix, if even for the rest of one season, there is no doubt that he would make an impact both right away and in the long-term.
If championship competitive teams (like the Houston Rockets) do not have any interest in him, would he accept an opportunity to at least help make a little bit more interesting a season for a lowly bottom-feeder, making enough of an impact to gain some positive national recognition?
Signing Carmelo wouldn’t necessarily be a move of desperation for the Suns either. It would be a sign that they are willing to try anything and want to add the best players possible.
While this is meaningless in the grand scheme of things, it actually will matter to both the players around the league as they see Phoenix really pushing hard to add pieces around Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton to win, while also showing both Book and Ayton that the plan is to try and win.
In the opinion of this humble writer I believe that the two sides should come together, and these are the reasons why: