Carmelo Anthony, who has been out of the NBA for over a year, wants to sign a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told ESPN.
The Blazers have tried at different times in the past to
Blazer's president of basketball operations Neil Olshey and Anthony's agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, had stayed in contact on Anthony since the preseason, sources said.
Portland is lagging towards the bottom of the Western Conference with a 4
Anthony, 35, wants to join the Blazers on their upcoming six-game road trip, which starts Saturday against San Antonio, sources said.
Power forward what the position where the blazers were Zach Collins only amplified the void there. Anthony returns to fill that need.
Blazers, who have struggled to get their hands on this season. They ranked 27th in points per game (36.3), tied for 28th in assists per game (5.5) and last in field goal percentage (39%).
The Trail Blazers' isolation-heavy offense could not have had Anthony on board , [Portland star] Damian Lillard said in September that the NBA has its sights set on NBA's title, and that's something Anthony has yet to achieve. He is one of 17 players in NBA history with 25,000 points and 6,500 rebounds; NBA title – Karl Malone, Elvin Hayes, Dominique Wilkins and Anthony.
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There was Houston Rockets when Anthony said he was asked to return to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith in August.
"I'm in the gym every single day, "Anthony said. So he said "silence is not my surrender" and that he has been quiet until now because he felt he needed to step away from the game to "reevaluate myself, reevaluate my career, reevaluate my life."
Anthony, a 10-time all-star and six-time all-NBA player, suited up most recently for the Rockets in a 10-game stint that ended early in the 2018 season.
In addition to the Rockets, Anthony has played for the New York and Denver
Anthony won the league's scoring title in 2012-13, averaging 28.7 points per game. Anthony, who had made the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons in Denver and New York.