NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony returns to the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland took the veteran star after his break from the league in the 2019-20 season, giving him a chance to resurrect his stagnant career. Anthony averaged 15.4 points per game for them in 58 appearances in the regular season. He is now making a deal to return him to the team in 2020-21.
Shams Charania of The Athletic announced the news.
Anthony wanted to show loyalty to the Trail Blazers, who gave him the opportunity to return to the NBA last season. He understands what to expect in Portland, where he will play a key role as a potential contender. https://t.co/3AiNteh9GN
̵1; Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
So far this season, the Blazers have either traded or signed Robert Covington, Derrick Jones Jr., Rodney Hood and Enes Canter. Three of these four players will take minutes in Anthony’s preferred positions: power forward and small striker. Along with current Zach Collins – who spent much of last season injured – Anthony’s teammates will leave him much less room to play. Signing with Blazers is supposed to mean accepting a smaller role, probably off the bench.
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Charania now reports that Anthony is signing a one-year deal.
Adrian Voynarovski of ESPN cited the deal as a minimum.