This season (yeah, it's technically still going) was a long, bumpy road for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Numerous injuries, a global pandemic, and life in the NBA bubble were just a few of the obstacles thrown Portland's way.
But the biggest thing thrown Portland's way was the gift of Melo.
Future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony signed with the Blazers on November 19th and slotted right in as the team's starting power forward.
After a year away from the game, Melo had a chance to prove he still belonged.
Anthony averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the Blazers this season and was a key reason why the team was able to find success in the bubble and earn a playoff spot.
Now, the 17-year veteran is set to enter free agency and is sure to garner a long list of interested teams. One of those teams will likely be the Trail Blazers, if they can afford him.
If the Blazers come calling, will Anthony be interested? Teammate CJ McCollum says yes.
On the latest episode of the Talkin' Blazers Podcast, McCollum says he knows Melo wants to be back in Rip City.
A Melo return would be great, and remember, he did say earlier this season that he would love to retire in Portland.
He will have a chance this offseason to make good on that claim and re-sign with the Blazers. Pair Anthony for a full season with a healthy Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic, as well as Trevor Ariza and Rodney Hood, and the Blazers would stand a good chance to make some noise.
Regardless of where he lands, Rip City will never forget what it was like to Stay Melo.
[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest CJ McCollum].