Washington Wizards: 3 players the Wizards need to acquire for 6th man role

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1. Carmelo Anthony

I’m going to criticized and ridiculed for this pick, but it wouldn’t hurt for the Wizards to sign one of the best offensive players that has played the game. Carmelo Anthony is itching to prove that he can still play in this league at a high level.

It’s a low risk move that the Wizards would be making. Washington needs a second scoring option besides Beal and Melo could provide that off the bench. He also gives Scott Brooks the flexibility to give opposing teams different looks with Anthony at 3,4, and 5 positions.

It was never going to work out in Houston for Melo. It didn’t work the first time around with Mike D’Antoni in New York, so why would it work the second time? The fact that they start P.J. Tucker over him is a slap in the face anyways. But, having that reality check should have made Anthony realize that he will serve as a bench player the remainder of his career.

With Washington, he would receive starter-like minutes off the bench and could be in for most of the 4th quarter.  Yes, he’s a defensive liability, but that’s a department that the Wizards have been struggling with all season long. The name of the game is scoring now days. Washington needs more firepower off the bench and Melo addresses that.

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Sign him to a deal for the remainder of the season and see where it goes. Worst case scenario he’s done after this year. Best case, he shows us a little vintage Melo and gives the team a boost. He’s from the Baltimore, MD area. I’m sure he would consider signing a place where he’s familiar with.