Carmelo Anthony, who has been out of the NBA for more than a year, signs an unsecured deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, a source told ESPN.
The Blazers have tried at different times in the past to add Anthony and try to acquire him when he was with the Knicks.
Portland lags to the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a 4-8 record, losing its last two games.
The power forward was the position where the Blazers were most vulnerable and the injury to Zach Collins' shoulder only increased the gap there. Anthony returns to fulfill this need.
He could fit in well with the Trail Blazers, who have struggled to get production from their forward this season. They rank 27th in points per game (36.3), tied for 28th in assists per game (5.5) and last in field goal percentage (39%).
Trail Blazers Isolation-Serious Breach Can Also Benefit Anthony On Board, Portland is second in the NBA in points by chance in isolation.
Portland star Damien Lillard said in September that the team had their points of view in the NBA title, and that is something Anthony has not yet achieved. He is one of 1
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There was a time after his release from the Houston Rocket when Anthony said he was wondering if he wanted to play again, but in August he told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that he was ready to return.
"I'm in the gym every day," Anthony said. He also noted that "silence is not my surrender" and that he has been quiet so far since he felt he needed to move away from the game to to "re-evaluate myself, re-evaluate my career, re-evaluate my life."
Anthony, 10-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA player, most recently eligible for the Rockets, for 10 games that ended in the beginning for the 2018 season.
In addition to the Rockets, Anthony played for the Thunder, Oklahoma, Knicks and Nogets, with his biggest success coming with New York and Denver.  Anthony won the league title in 2012-13, averaging 28.7 points a game, this season being the last time the Knicks made the playoffs and started a five-season absence from the postseason for Anthony, who made the playoffs 10 straight seasons in his time in Denver and New York.