When the news broke that Carmelo Anthony signed a contract with the Trail Blazers and was coming back to the NBA, a ton of players made their excitement known.
Isaiah Thomas and Jordan McRae were the Wizards who were clearly pumped about the move, while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chimed in as well.
On a podcast with Brian Scalabrine, Wizards rookie Admiral Schofield explained how excited he was that Anthony was back and that he modeled some of his game after the 10-time All-Star.
"Honestly I modeled my mid-post game after [Carmelo] ever since I was in middle school," Schofield said. "I mean, Melo's Melo. Everyone loves Melo because of how he played the game and his flavor and the style he brought to the game and to see him get a deal is just great; he deserves to be in this league."
Anthony may not appeal to many NBA executives as a valuable asset to their team, but his popularity amongst current and former players is undeniable.
With the Blazers struggling to play up to expectations now that Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic are out for extended time, Anthony might be the boost Portland needs to get back on track.
However, the Blazers don't typically have problems scoring with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum running the show. It's their defense that needs the most help right now and Anthony is certainly not going to provide any assistance there.
The Blazers will be in town to play the Wizards on January 3, so fans can get perhaps a last look at Anthony on the court unless this Portland stint goes incredibly well.
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Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA after signing a non-guaranteed contract with the Trail Blazers Thursday night.
The NBA world was buzzing after Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news, and Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas is certainly hyped up about the 10-time All-Star getting another shot at playing.
Anthony is still one of the league's most popular players even though he's well past his prime as a top scoring threat. With the Blazers reeling following a 4-8 start to the season, perhaps Anthony can give them the boost they need to climb back up the Western Conference standings.
An unsuccessful season with the Thunder in 2017-18 and a very short stint with the Rockets at the beginning of last season has left Anthony permanently on the sidelines for over a year.
His shot selection on offense and his general lack of effort on defense has given teams serious caution to signing him to their rosters, but it appears the Blazers are willing to take the risk.
And if Thomas had his way, a few more players with proven offensive skillsets and questionable defensive fits would get back into the league too.
The Wizards will host the Trail Blazers on January 3rd.
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The Houston Rockets will trade Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Anthony, a six-time All-NBA selection and 10-time All-Star, has not played for the Rockets since Nov. 8. Discontent between the two-sides in his first season with the team prevented Anthony from being a piece in a championship contending team.
However, his tenure on the Bulls will be short lived. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago will move on from one of the best scorers from the 2000s. Wojnarowski also later reported that the Bulls will cut Anthony.
Upon him getting cut by the Bulls, Anthony will become a free agent (again) if he clears waivers. Chicago at 11-38 is a team that appears to be tanking for the 2019 NBA Draft and look to be moving assets to prepare for a push this summer.
Before the Rockets refusal to play Anthony, he averaged 13.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting and 32.8 percent from deep in 10 games.
If Anthony is willing to take a pay cut, another playoff team could be looking to bolster their depth.
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