NBA-free agent Carmelo Anthony returns to the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland picked up the veteran star after his break from the league in the 2019-20 season, giving him the chance to revive his stopped career. Anthony scored 15.4 points per game. Match for them in 58 appearances in the regular season. Now he is signing a deal to return him to the team in 2020-21.
Shams Charania from The Athletic broke the news.
Anthony wanted to show loyalty to the Trail Blazers, which gave him his chance to return to the NBA last season. He understands what to expect in Portland, where he will play a key role for a potential competitor. https://t.co/3AiNteh9GN
̵1; Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
So far this season, the Blazers have either traded for or signed Robert Covington, Derrick Jones, Jr., Rodney Hood and Enes Kanter. Three of these four players will occupy minutes at Anthony’s preferred positions: power forward and small forward. Along with incumbent Zach Collins – who spent much of last season injured – Anthony’s teammates will leave less room for him to play. Presumably, signing with the Blazers means accepting a minor role, probably off the bench.
We will bring contract terms to you when we have them.
Charania now reports that Anthony is signing a one-year deal.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has lost the deal as a minimum.