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Carmelo Anthony Will Not Travel to Los Angeles

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The future Hall of Famer is remaining home due to health and safety protocols, according to multiple reports.

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According to multiple reports, the Portland Trail Blazers’ small forward Carmelo Anthony will not be making the trip to Los Angeles with the rest of the team due to “health and safety protocols. The team made the announcement to several media outlets.

Marc Stein noted that Anthony played 20 minutes in the matchup against the Houston Rockets.

AJ McCord of KOIN News reported that according to Anthony’s Instagram, he had been looking forward to the matchup with LeBron James.

Anthony isn’t the only Blazer staying home. Zach Collins remains out following surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle, while Nassir Little is still in health and safety protocols, according to Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest.

What Anthony’s status does for the second unit remains to be seen. It will free up minutes at the small forward slot, but who will take those minutes is still a matter of speculation.

This story will be updated as more news of Anthony’s status becomes available.