Free agent Carmelo Anthony has agreed to return to the Portland Trail Blazers with a one-year minimum league contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Despite horrific endings in Houston and Oklahoma City, Anthony appeared to have found a home in Portland, fitting in from the moment he signed on.
All it took was a team that really wanted him and knew how to use their skills at this point in their career.
Just weeks after starting his Trail Blazers run, Melo won the Western Conference Player of the Week award and then averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. during the remainder of the regular season.
He shot 39 percent from the three-point line, his highest average since the 2013-14 season when he shot 40 percent from three.
Melo has expressed his desire to return to Portland after being eliminated from the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
“Whenever you find a comfortable situation and allows yourself to be who you are, you want to stay in that situation,” Anthony said then.
“You don’t have to try different things when something works.”
Anthony, 36, will have some milestones to look forward to, if he’s healthy for most, if not all, of next season.
The 10-time all-star will aim to make his first appearance in the NBA Finals, he is 51 points behind Tim Duncan for 14th on the all-time scoring list, and if he can score 895 points this season as he did in 2019-20, he will find a place in the top 10 of the scorecard.
This will be Melo’s 17th season in the league since his 2003 draft by the Denver Nuggets.