Free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony is returning to the Pacific Northwest for another season as he plans to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Last season, Anthony had a renaissance with the Trail Blazers after only playing 10 games in 2018-19 with the Houston Rockets.
The 36-year-old Anthony started and played in all 58 games with the Blazers, becoming that third-scoring option next to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The former third overall pick averaged 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 32.8 minutes per game. Anthony also shot 43 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range on 3.9 attempts per game.
The last time Anthony had a stat line like he did last season, you have to go back to his only season with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017-18. That being said, one does wonder what Anthony’s role will be this upcoming season with the Blazers. Earlier in the week, they acquired Robert Covington in a trade from Houston Rockets and signed Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-year deal on Friday.
Both of those players, in particular, play the same position as Anthony. Furthermore, Covington plays defense, unlike Anthony, which has been well-known over the last few season. Nevertheless, it shall be interesting to see how coach Terry Stotts handles the forward rotation next month.