Carmelo Anthony
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Former New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony did not rule out a return to the Mecca if Kevin Durant was on the team.

Carmelo Anthony has not played in a basketball game since Nov. 8 of last year but may have a return in sight.

The 10-time All-Star was at an AAU event in New York on Sunday and known NBA insider Adam Zagoria asked him a simple question: would he return to the New York Knicks if they landed Kevin Durant in free agency?

Anthony, of course, did not give a straight answer.

Surely, some Knicks fans are still recovering from Anthony’s Big Apple tenure. He did well with the Knicks, winning the 2013 scoring title and making the NBA All-Star team each year with them. As a Knick, he averaged 24.6 points per game in six full seasons.

Things went south once Phil Jackson was in the picture and running the front office. Carmelo Anthony then became a max player on an awful roster and just couldn’t gel with former rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis. His full no-trade clause made him tough to move, so it became a battle of wills between him and Jackson.

Anthony eventually won that battle after Jackson was fired in 2017, but was also traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder before the 2017-18 season began.

Anthony last played for the Houston Rockets this past season and lasted ten games before being waived. No disrespect to the man, but he just isn’t that strong a fit in today’s fast-paced NBA. He’s also a month out from turning 35, another mark against him.

The idea of Melo and KD playing together sounds like fun but given his -1.4 VORP the past two years, better for that to remain a fantasy as opposed to coming true.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.