He will likely hurt the Suns’ draft position
All that being said, he will probably help the Suns win a few extra games (at least, theoretically) so signing Carmelo would hurt the Suns’ draft position on some level heading into another supposedly stacked college draft class highlighted by Charles Barkley-lookalike, Zion Williamson.
While Carmelo doesn’t make the Suns a playoff contender, even if they win 25-28 games with him (they are on pace for 14), that could knock Phoenix’s odds beyond the top-three range where they will need to be to have a shot at drafting first overall again and snagging a player like Zion.
That said, odds are odds and ping pong balls can always bounce the right or wrong way regardless of the number of them a team has, so while adding Carmelo might hurt those odds, there is no guarantee that Phoenix wins the lottery or even stays in the top-three without Carmelo, while also not actually being a competitive team this season.
Adding Carmelo Anthony does not make the Phoenix Suns a much better team, but he does make them a little bit more interesting and with another season of obviously poor basketball play ahead of us, any bright spots and reasons to feel optimism help.
Carmelo would immediately become the team’s best power forward, he would become a starter again as he would prefer, he would come on the cheap, and he would give Suns fans a little bit more to root for in an otherwise dreary and awful season ahead.
While there are plenty of negatives, giving Carmelo Anthony a shot wouldn’t be all that bad.