Despite having more years to play in college, Melo decided to depart after his second suspension in hopes of playing in the NBA.
Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, he was guaranteed a contract and, as a result, a paycheck.
But he did not show the Celtics enough as they continuously placed him in the NBA's development league (NBDL) to work on his game.
With the NBDL's Maine Red Claws, Melo did have strong moments, but nothing really translated when he was called up by Boston.
Fast forward to now. Summer League is back, and so is Melo.
To start off this year in Orlando, Florida, Melo appeared to have more jump in his step, giving more energy to the game.
He did not look like he was waiting for the game to go his way, but rather going after the game. Melo showed this when he received the ball by the basket, pumped his defender, and got closer for a high-percentage shot, getting fouled and heading to the free throw line.
On the defensive end, Melo grabbed seven boards and blocked a shot as he contested his foes when they came in the lane, just as he did while at Syracuse.
From the charity stripe, Melo did not look bad at all, making three of five as a seven-footer.
Overall, there are moments where he does not try as hard and still needs more to his offensive game to be a factor in the NBA, but he is at least showing progress.