The Portland Trail Blazers have been mentioned as a possible match for disgruntled Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said he’s “heard” the Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers as potential teams for Melo on the most recent “Ringer NBA Show” podcast:
I heard three teams that I think could be for Melo. And this could change, he’s still with Houston. I heard New Orleans, Portland and LA Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard.
As O’Connor mentions, Melo is still with Houston and not even a free agent yet, even if signs point to that happening sooner rather than later. So any early mentions of potential suitors are to be taken with their justified grains of salt.
O’Connor has revealed insight into the Blazers before. He reported that Portland promised Anfernee Simons this summer prior to the NBA Draft (he was selected by the team No. 24 overall). And he was also first to report that LeBron James would open his Lakers tenure against the Blazers.
Adding to that speculation, Bill Simmons, boss of The Ringer, wondered aloud if Melo would go to Portland to chase a ring on “NBA Desktop” Tuesday.
Anthony is currently on the outs with the Rockets and likely to land elsewhere as tensions have grown about his role. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Melo’s reps are reaching out to other teams about potential landing spots and that the Rockets are likely to waive him in the “near future.”
You can read Eric Griffith here at Blazer’s Edge explain why Portland shouldn’t add Melo.