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Carmelo Anthony’s Top 5 Future Career Scenarios

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Carmelo Anthony's Career Crossroads: 5 Potential Paths

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony is at a crossroads in his career. Sure, he's already changed teams once, but that was via a trade. The summer of 2014 is obviously going to be different, because he can opt to be an unrestricted free agent. His options are wide open and the choice he makes will surely define the back end of his career. Here are his top five future career scenarios:

Sign With the Dallas Mavericks

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Sign With the Dallas Mavericks

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The Mavs are the dark horse team in the Melo sweepstakes. There hasn't been a ton of chatter about him landing with Mark Cuban's team, but don't count them out. They've got the funds to sign Melo and potentially another high-level player this summer. With Dirk in the stretch run of his career, it's time for Cuban to make another move to put his team back in title contention.

Sign With the Chicago Bulls

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Sign With the Chicago Bulls

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Melo and Derrick Rose would make quite the duo. But there are a lot of 'what ifs' involved with Anthony and the Bulls. Sure, there's a lot of potential if he signs in the Windy City, but I'm not convinced all the right pieces would fall in place. If Rose doesn't come back at 100 percent, Melo really wouldn't be in that much better of a situation in Chicago.

Continue On Current Path With New York Knicks

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Continue On Current Path With New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony

This is always an option in life -- continue on your current path. What is Melo's current path? He's going to continue scoring tons of points, all while continually getting bounced from the playoffs early on. Anthony's current path is really the road to nowhere. Well, minus the truckload of money he'll receive along the way.

Sign With the Houston Rockets

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Sign With the Houston Rockets

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If Anthony decides to leave New York, Houston is the best possible spot for him to win a ring. He could join forces with Dwight Howard and James Harden to form another 'big three', which would give him a decent shot at a title. If he's willing to score less and play better defense, Houston could be a real option.

Embrace Change With Phil Jackson, Stay With New York Knicks

Phil Jackson

Embrace Change With Phil Jackson, Stay With New York Knicks

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Best case scenario for Melo is staying in New York and embracing change under Phil Jackson. If anyone can alter his current basketball mindset, it's the Zen Master. What Melo has been doing, isn't working. He needs to tweak his game. If he can do so and help right the Knicks' ship, his legacy will greatly benefit. His chances of winning in New York aren't as good as in Houston, but his legacy ceiling is much higher in the Big Apple.