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Carmelo Anthony Returning to the Trail Blazers

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Portland gave the veteran star a chance last season. Now he’s returning the favor.

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NBA Free Agent Carmelo Anthony is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland picked up the veteran star after his hiatus from the league during the 2019-20 season, giving him the chance to resurrect his stalled career. Anthony averaged 15.4 points per game for them in 58 regular-season appearances. Now he’s inking a deal to return him to the team in 2020-21.

Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news.

So far this season, the Blazers have either traded for or signed Robert Covington, Derrick Jones, Jr., Rodney Hood, and Enes Kanter. Three of those four players will occupy minutes at Anthony’s favored positions: power forward and small forward. Along with incumbent Zach Collins—who spent much of last season injured—Anthony’s teammates will leave far less space for him to play. Presumably signing with the Blazers means accepting a smaller role, likely off the bench.

We will bring contract terms to you when we have them.

Update:

Charania now reports that Anthony is signing a one-year deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has tabbed the deal as minimum level.