Portland Trail Blazers: Carmelo Anthony is back where he belongs

Former Houston Rocket Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Former Houston Rocket Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Carmelo Anthony signs with the Portland Trail Blazers; he’s back where he belongs, in the NBA

Carmelo Anthony has – finally – made his way back into the NBA and this time, he is joining the Portland Trail Blazers on a non-guaranteed contract. It’s expected that Melo will join the Blazers soon, and could even make his debut in the coming days.

He couldn’t be joining the Blazers at a better time either, as the team is in desperate need of frontcourt depth. Melo will likely play the power forward position, which he’s routinely been best at throughout the latter portion of his NBA career.

Losing Zach Collins recently opened the door for Melo, and now he’ll get to prove whether he really deserves the spot or not. Since his injury, the Blazers are only 1-4 over the last few weeks. They’ve really struggled all over the floor.

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Melo will come for a specific role to increase more options on the offensive end of the court.

On January 22nd, 2019, the Houston Rockets traded Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, where he was waived a week later. Since then, he has not has played in an NBA game and has not been on a roster.

Now that he’s officially back in the NBA, players from both past and present were certainly excited to hear the news. The 10-time NBA all-star, who was rumored to have been blackballed from the league, was back where he belonged.

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, and Jamal Crawford, amongst others, showed love on social media as soon as it was announced that Melo was signing with the Blazers.

LeBron James was so happy about the news that he didn’t merely say one tweet after responding to D-Wade’s tweet. He continued on by reposting seven various Instagram stories within two minutes that were in the past mentioned. Very similar to the posting spree of LeBron’s Taco Tuesday shoutout.

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Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James were part of the 2003 NBA Draft, which has been ranked one of the best NBA Draft classes in the past 20 years.