After a season-ending defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on August 29th, Carmelo Anthony told reporters he would love to return to Rip City.
"I pray that it can be Portland," said Melo. "Honestly, I think that I found a home in Portland. I got comfortable with the organization. I got comfortable with the guys on the team. They got comfortable with me. At this point in my career, I do think that's the best fit for me... I really hope it can be Portland at the end of the day."
Now, the 10-time All-Star is officially back as the Portland Trail Blazers announced it had re-signed the veteran Sunday evening.
Shams Charania of The Athletic originally reported the Blazers had verbally agreed to re-sign Melo with a one-year, minimum contract. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the terms of the deal.
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.
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.”
Welcome back Melo!