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George Karl says Carmelo Anthony should return to Portland next season

Carmelo Anthony playing in Orlando

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 01: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after a basket during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 01, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

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Carmelo Anthony came to a desperate Portland team depleted by injuries last season and played solidly for them. He started 58 games for them averaging 15.4 points a night, he shot 38.5% from three (on almost four attempts a game), he tried on defense, and he played solidly filling a role for the Trail Blazers. He said he thinks he found a home in Portland and had nothing but praise for Damian Lillard.

Anthony is a free agent and other teams will have interest, but Anthony’s former coach George Karl said ‘Melo should return to Portland next season when the coach made an appearance on SiriusXM NBA radio.

If Anthony returns to Portland, things will different and Anthony will have to accept a smaller role. Zach Collins and Rodney Hood will be healthy and back in the rotation, and Trevor Ariza — who chose to skip the bubble — also will be in the mix. All of them take minutes that had gone to Anthony.

Would Anthony accept a smaller, maybe non-starting role to stay in Portland? Or will he go where he can get the most run and touches?

It all comes down to what Anthony prioritizes at this point in his career.