After missing almost all of last season, Carmelo Anthony is officially back in the NBA. He’s now a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Houston Rockets cut ties with Anthony 10 games into the season. Rumors swirled about where he’d play next, but there wasn’t a team willing to sign him during the year.
Once the offseason went by with Anthony unsigned, the thought around the league was that he might not receive another opportunity.
Fortunately for Anthony, the Trail Blazers decided to sign the veteran forward in an effort to upgrade their frontcourt.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Blazers will pay Anthony $2.15 million if he remains on the roast past a guaranteed date in January.
Since he passed his physical exam, Anthony is officially on the roster today.
Sources: After passing his physical exam, Carmelo Anthony signed his one-year, non-guaranteed deal with Portland today. It will be worth $2.15M should he remain on roster past guarantee date in January.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2019
Anthony will wear No. 00 with the Trail Blazers, which is pretty unusual.
Before the season, Anthony was on ESPN’s First Take to discuss how he feels about not being in the NBA. He made it abundantly clear that he’ll accept any role on a roster, which is something he didn’t want to do back then with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Portland hasn’t announced when Anthony will make his season debut, but all eyes will be on the future Hall of Famer when he makes his first appearance with the team.