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Melo has joined team in L.A., will "most likely" play Wednesday vs. Clippers

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After not traveling with the team to Los Angeles when the Trail Blazers embarked on their four-game road trip Sunday, Carmelo Anthony has now rejoined the team.

Anthony did not make the trip to L.A. initially due to Health and Safety Protocols.

The 36-year-old forward did practice with the team in LA Tuesday ahead of Portland’s matchup against the Clippers Wednesday.  

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Following practice, CJ McCollum gave an update on Melo stating that the future Hall of Famer is "not positive or anything like that”.

He’s here… He’s good. I’ve talked to him a couple of days ago, I talked to him today. He’s good. He’s in a good spot. He’s not positive or anything like that. I assume he’ll be good to go. He looks like he’s moving well. It looked like he was pretty healthy to me.

CJ McCollum on Carmelo Anthony

Portland is coming off a big victory over the Lakers in which the Trail Blazers’ second unit shined and that was without Melo.

Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said after Tuesday’s practice that Anthony will “most likely” play Wednesday when the Blazers face the Clippers.

 

Stotts also mentioned that even with Gary Trent Jr. coming off a 28-point performance, one that Stotts called “outstanding” immediately after the win, that doesn’t mean Melo won’t see his 20-plus minutes he earned in the first two regular season games.   

Melo’s not going to lose his spot in the rotation… Melo can certainly have himself a game off the bench… As people like to say – it’s a good problem to have. 

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts on Portland’s depth

The Trail Blazers and Clippers tip-off at 7:00 p.m. PST on NBCSNW Wednesday.  

It'll be interesting to see if the rotation looks different Wednesday and if it'll be different on a night-to-night basis with Coach Stotts’ good problem to have this season.