Carmelo Anthony finalizing deal with Trail Blazers

Tanya Simon
November 22, 2020

A deft defender, particularly in the Heat's zone defense, Jones Jr. was a major part of Miami's rotation for the last two seasons, and averaged a career-best 8.5 points per game for the Heat this past year. For a player with Anthony's experience, that salary is $2.6 million in 2020-21.

Anthony, 36, started at power forward for Portland while Collins was out and then shifted to small forward when Collins returned for the restart in late July and Trevor Ariza declined to play at the bubble.

Free agent Carmelo Anthony has agreed to a one-year minimum deal to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. The team will have more bodies on the depth chart this year but Anthony's scoring touch stands alone.

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Anthony repaid Portland by becoming a key part of its run at the National Basketball Association bubble to qualify for the playoffs by providing veteran leadership and timely scoring.

Playing alongside the likes of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Anthony averaged 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while giving Blazers a much-needed boost at the wing.

Portland earned the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and lost to the eventual National Basketball Association champion L.A. Lakers in the playoffs. After being drafted No. 3 overall in the NBA Draft he has gone on to a career that will nearly certainly land him in the Hall of Fame. He has also had tremendous success in global basketball, winning three gold medals.

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