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November 15, 2019
On Thursday night, the Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a deal with Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony last played for the Houston Rockets on Nov. 8, 2018 before parting ways.
The No. 3 pick of the 2003 NBA draft and Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 Final Four, Anthony has worn both 15 (Syracuse, Denver Nuggets) and 7 (New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets) during his 16-year career, but probably will don a new number in Portland as 15 is retired (Larry Steele) and 7 is being held out of circulation (Brandon Roy). (READ MORE) by ESPN News Service
The Portland Trail Blazers are reeling, thanks to a raft of injuries that has absolutely ravaged their frontcourt. With former stalwarts Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless wearing different uniforms, and Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, and Pau Gasol all stuck in street clothes, coach Terry Stotts has asked role players like Rodney Hood, Mario Hezonja, Anthony Tolliver, and Skal Labissière to step into the void and play up a spot in the lineup. It hasn’t gone well: Portland sits at 4-8, in 13th place in the Western Conference, with only a 26 percent chance of making the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections. Considering the Blazers were talking about winning the NBA championship less than a month ago, continuing on a path that leads to the lottery would be a fairly massive disappointment. (READ MORE) by
The Blazers are signing Carmelo Anthony to a non-guaranteed deal. Melo has been linked to the Blazers in the rumor mill for years, but it never happened … until now … when Melo has been out of the league for a full year and the Blazers are 4-8.
So is this a desperation move for Portland? Absolutely. You can tell because you can just ask yourself if the Blazers would have signed Melo if they’d had some injury problems but were 8-4. Absolutely not! There’s a reason Melo has been unsigned for a year: teams are fearful his tenure and exit will be something like his last two tenures and exits. (READ MORE) by