Αfter much speculation, SNY’s Ian Begley refuted the idea that Carmelo Anthony will be returning to the Knicks any time soon.

Let’s get this out of the way at the top: things can always change, but most executives monitoring Anthony’s free agency see the Lakers as the most likely destination for the 10-time All-Star.

There may have been interest from New York in a reunion with Anthony if they had a roster with multiple stars ready to win immediately. But with Durant injured and the odds against the Knicks building that kind of team this summer, bringing Anthony back is not currently part of the team’s thinking.

Yes, the Lakers, who are filling out their roster with low-cost shooters, are certainly the team with the highest interest of bringing him on. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Anthony would play a minimal role off the bench for them, where his isolation play could prove valuable for them.