The Trail Blazers officially announced the signing of Carmelo Anthony in a press release on Tuesday. The 10-time NBA All-Star, who has been out of the league for a year, could appear on the court during tonight’s contest against the Pelicans. Along with the signing, the mystery behind what number Melo will wear was answered. The 35-year-old veteran will wear No. 00.
Here is the press release from the Blazers:
“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,” said Olshey
Anthony, 35, holds career NBA averages of 24.0 points (44.9% FG, 34.7% 3-PT, 81.1% FT), 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.02 steals in 1,064 games (1,056 starts) over 16 seasons with Denver, New York, Oklahoma City and Houston.
A 10-time NBA All-Star, Anthony (6-8, 240), has been named to an All-NBA team six times and was the 2012-13 NBA scoring champion. As a member of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, Anthony has won three Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2016) and one bronze medal (2004). Originally selected by the Denver Nuggets with the third overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, Anthony attended Syracuse where he won the 2003 NCAA Championship as a freshman.
Among all-time NBA leaders, Anthony ranks 19th in points (25,551), 21st in field goals (9,137) and 41st in three-pointers (1,362). He is one of 11 players in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 6,900 rebounds and 3,100 assists.
He will wear No. 00 for the Trail Blazers.
Melo, who wore No. 7 during his last three stops, will switch to a new number. During his time with the Nuggets, Melo wore No. 15, a number that was retired by the Blazers to honor Larry Steele.
According to NBC Sports Northwest’s Dan Sheldon, Melo arrived in New Orleans last night.
Terry Stotts says Carmelo Anthony arrived in New Orleans last night.— Dan Sheldon (@DanSheldon620) November 19, 2019
Stotts will meet with him today with an expectation that he could play tonight.
During a 10-game stint with the Rockets last season, Melo averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.