What does the future hold for Carmelo Anthony?

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 03: Los Angeles Lakers Forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks on during a NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers on March 3, 2022 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

Carmelo Anthony has long been regarded as one of the best basketball players of the past two decades, but yet he finds himself not on a roster for the second time in four years.

When Carmelo Anthony came into the NBA, he came into the it with LeBron James. The two had been rivals for most of their careers, but they’ve also been best friends. Now, they both have their attention on their sons, who are close to beginning their collegiate and potentially professional journeys, as Bronny James and Bryce James, the two sons of LeBron, faced off against Kiyan Anthony, the son of Carmelo, in one of the nation’s top high school basketball showdowns on Monday night.

While Carmelo was in attendance, he was approached and asked about what his future in the NBA looks like, especially since he did not sign a new contract in free agency this past summer.

“I want to be. You know, I love the game, but I realize that there are a lot of things not in my control,” Anthony said when asked about his aspirations in the NBA right now. “So I just sit back and let it play out and whatever it’s going to be it’s going to be and I accept that, I’m at peace with that. I get to watch my son play, you know, train him, be around him, come to his games, so these are the things for a long time that I’ve never had a chance to do, so now I can be that father and that man that I need to be.”

The 20-year veteran has nothing left to prove. He is a ten-time All-Star, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a six-time All-NBA talent and a member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team, but the one thing missing from his awards closet is a championship ring.

“I’m cool man. I would love to play,” Anthony went on to say. “I’m in the gym every single day. When the opportunity presents itself it presents itself, but it’s not something I’m pressing about.”

Anthony has averaged 22.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from three-point range. Showing a willingness to accept a lesser role and come off the bench in recent years, Carmelo could definitely still be a key contributor for a contending team.

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