Carmelo Anthony set to return to NBA with Portland Trail Blazers

Report Carmelo Anthony to sign with Blazers

Carmelo Anthony signs with the Portland Trailblazers: report

According to Yahoo's Chris Haynes, Trail Blazers franchise star Damian Lillard was notified of the potential that Anthony may be added last night, and voiced his support or bringing him on board.

Conversations picked up over the past two days, and Olshey and coach Terry Stotts talked directly with Anthony on Thursday before reaching an agreement.

Eight of Anthony's 10 appearances for the Rockets came off the bench after the No. 3 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft had started all 1,054 games he'd played in his first 15 seasons. Remarkably, it's a very similar predicament that may be prompting the Blazers to sign Anthony, since Portland is now 4-8 following a Western Conference Finals berth last season. Power forward Zach Collins (shoulder) was injured early in the season and is out until March. Anthony returns to fill that need.

And once the 2019 free-agency period waned, Lillard advocated for Anthony's place in the National Basketball Association yet again. He is a career 24.0-point-per game scorer.

Although the 35-year-old stayed away from the team, Anthony remained on the Rockets' roster until he was traded to the Chicago Bulls in January as part of a salary dump. I was away from the game for damn near a whole season.

Anthony's short-lived stint in Houston lasted just 10 games as he averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from beyond the arc.

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