When the Portland Trail Blazers were eliminated from the postseason (4-1) after falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs on Aug. 29, a big focus shifted to the future of Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony.
Where would Melo land in free agency? -- Has been one of the biggest offseason storylines for the Blazers and Blazers fans.
And now we know: Melo will be in a Trail Blazers uniform this upcoming season.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Blazers and Melo have agreed on a one-year, league minimum deal.
The 10x All-Star proved last season that he could still add value to a playoff team even at age 35 and even after not playing in the league for an entire year.
During the 2019-20 regular season, Anthony averaged 15.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three in 58 games played with the Blazers last season.
It was a season in Portland in which Melo had called “a revival” of his career.
Rumors had been swirling during this shortened offseason that Anthony would make his way back to New York, while other teams also reportedly showed interest in Melo’s services.
When the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs last summer, Melo talked in depth about what he hoped to see in free agency.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts also shared his feelings on how he cherished the opportunity to coach Melo following Portland’s final game in the Orlando Bubble.
“The fact that Melo came and played for the Blazers was special,” Stotts said. “What he meant to the team and the way he conducted himself, the way he played. Obviously in the bubble he made some big shots and got us into the playoffs. So I feel honored to have been able to coach him.”
And now the remarkable journey in Portland for the future Hall of Famer continues as NBA fans will still get to enjoy watching one of the most dynamic offensive players in the league continue to make an impact after getting a fresh start in Portland.