Carmelo Anthony's next stop remains a mystery although there are murmurs that he could be donning a Los Angeles Lakers uniform if LeBron James can pull some strings together. But of course, other teams could enter the picture and sign the 34-year-old scoring forward - including his former team which is the New York Knicks.

From hindsight, seeing Anthony return to Gotham may not make sense. In fact, some even think that it would be crazy if not shocking, reported. A lot of this has to do with him asking to be traded due to conflicts with then-President Phil Jackson. The third overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft would eventually be traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in September 2017 in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

From there, there is plenty to digest. One is that Jackson is no longer around so the reason behind his first exit is no longer there. It, however, remains to be seen if team owner James Dolan would be open to reuniting with Anthony. Also worth noting is if Melo can blend in with head coach David Fizdale's system.

Another point worth noting is are the Knicks open to adding veteran players. If the 2018-19 NBA season is to be revisited, most may recall how New York put more focus on younger players. This was part of their rebuilding phase and most of the veteran stars either got shipped or benched last NBA season.

For his part, there will also be questions on Anthony's conditioning. He has been idle for a couple of months now, even before the Chicago Bulls waived him back in February. When asked on the possibility of suiting up again with the Knicks, Melo did not exactly say yes. He said that he wanted to look at "what's going on", meaning it is more or less 50-50 (if not less), reported.

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Carmelo Anthony hopes to see himself play at Madison Square Garden again if an NBA team signs him. Former New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony attends the game between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2019 in New York City. Getty Images/Elsa

So while the thought is there, the fact that Anthony is turning a year older next NBA season is another point to take. It goes against the game plan of the Knicks to invest in younger players. Should he be taken in, he may end up coming off the bench and behind younger players. With less playing time, most know this could spark another round of conflicts. And if his past stints are any indication, Anthony could be more of a problem than an asset to the Knicks next season.