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Pass or Pursue: Top 10 NBA Power Forward Free Agents in 2022

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9. Carmelo Anthony

Height: 6-7

Age: 38

One of just two players remaining from the 2003 NBA Draft class, Carmelo Anthony was still a solid role player for the Purple and Gold in his 19th year in the league. In fact, I think it's fair to say he was even the Lakers' best player at times.

Anthony has been able to extend his career through accepting a bench role, and he's filled that role quite well in Los Angeles. While he averaged a career-low 13.3 points per game this year, he had his highest field goal percentage since the 2014-15 season. He's been able to find success through accepting the fact that he's a different player than he used to be.

However, his defense is questionable and he can still tend to be a bit of a shot-chucker. Ideally, the Spurs would be looking for a player to fill the gap at the four who can be a good team defensive player, and Anthony just isn't that at this point in his career. As well as he's played his role for the Lakers, he wouldn't be an option worth pursuing even with his low price tag.

Verdict: Pass

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