Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Agrees to Deal With Trail Blazers


Carmelo Anthony is back.

The 10-time All-Star who was without a team to start the 2019-20 season has reportedly agreed to a non-guaranteed deal to join the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi.

Anthony, 35, had expressed in recent days that he was confident he would find a team to sign him soon, telling TMZ he was “2000 percent” sure he would sign somewhere.

Anthony has not played since Nov. 8, 2018, but has reportedly stayed in shape and worked out with several Brooklyn Nets players over the summer.

He played in just 10 games with the Houston Rockets last year before he was traded the Chicago Bulls, who waived him two weeks later.

The year prior, he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder and playecd in 78 games, but began to see a significant drop in his All-Star numbers he put up as a member of the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks the previous 13 years. He shot a career-low 40.5 percent from the field and averaged 16.2 points per game.

While Anthony’s numbers have declined, he figures to still be productive in a smaller role, which he will likely take have with the Trail Blazers.

Portland has struggled out of the gate — starting the season at 4-8 — after reaching the Western Conference semifinals last season.

The Trail Blazers are without power forward Zach Collins until at least March as he rehabs a shoulder injury and entered Thursday ranked 27th in points off the bench.

Anthony is expected to join the team on its upcoming road trip and is clearly expected to provide some sort of offensive boost to the club.

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