By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Portland Trail Blazers officially signed forward Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday. It is a non-guaranteed one-year deal.
Melo returns to the league after missing the past year. He is expected to wear No. 00 with the team.
“Carmelo is an established star in this league that will provide a respected presence in our locker room and a skill set at a position of need on the floor,” Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said.
In his last stint in the Association, he was a disgruntled player, because of his role with the Houston Rockets. He refused to accept a bench role with the team.
He must have been hit by reality because if he is the same player, as last year, he would not have accepted this offer. It is a gamble, but if it doesn’t work out, the Trail Blazers will just move on.
Anthony last played in the NBA in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 8, 2018. He scored just two points in 20:23 minutes.
In his final two games with the Rockets, he scored 10 points over 43 minutes. Only four times in 10 games did he score more than double-digits.
He had a season-high 28 points in a win over the Brooklyn Nets on November 2, 2018.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Trail Blazers have been intrigued by Anthony for quite some time. The story says they have tried to acquire him since he was a member of the New York Knicks.
The Blazers hope that his addition will help give the team a boost. The Trail Blazers will have Anthony on the court tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Louisiana.
At this time, Portland has a 5-9 record. The team is on a one-game losing streak.
Anthony is slated to play power forward for the Blazers. The team recently lost Zach Collins for several months after he suffered an injury.
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