It seemed unlikely the Blazers were going to re-sign Carmelo Anthony once all indications pointed towards him heading to the Lakers.
The move for him made sense.
Re-join his Thunder teammate in Russell Westbrook and finally play with his teenage-friend LeBron James. Heading to the team also made sense because it gives him a legitimate opportunity to obtain his first NBA championship.
While Anthony departs, Portland has a special place in his heart. The team pulled the trigger to allow him to revive his career when other teams kept passing on him.
In two seasons with the Blazers, Anthony showed he can still score and is more than willing to accept a role as reserve. In accepting a bench role, Anthony thrived into becoming a reliable sixth man. Averaging over 13 points on 40% shooting.
In two seasons in Rip City, Anthony averaged 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds on 42.5% shooting and 39.9% from three.