Carmelo Anthony, who has been out of the NBA for more than a year, will conclude a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN.
The Blazers have tried to add Anthony at various times in the past and made an effort to win him when he was with the New York Knicks.
Neil Olshey, president of basketball operations at Blazer, and Anthony's agent Leon Rose of CAA Sports have been in contact with Anthony since the preseason, sources said. The talks resumed in the last two days, and Olshey and coach Terry Stotts spoke directly with Anthony on Thursday before reaching an agreement.
Portland ranks with a 4-8 on the low end of the Western Conference record after losing their last two games.
Anthony, 35, will join the blazers on their upcoming six-game road trip, which starts Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs, it said.
Power Forward was the blazers most vulnerable position and a shoulder injury from Zach Collins reinforced the gap there. Anthony returns to satisfy this need.
He could well match the Blazers who have struggled this season to get the production from their strikers, finishing 27th in the points per game (36.3) and the assists per Play the 28th place occupied (5,5)) and last in the field goal percentage (39%).
Portland star Damian Lillard was optimistic about the addition of Anthony.
"I think he can help us," Lillard told Rachel Nichols of ESPN. "Of course I'd like to see our early season bouts turn around and hopefully we can also be part of a great upswing for Melo."
Lillard said in September that Portland is targeting an NBA title. and Anthony has not reached that yet. He is one of 1
There was a time after his Published by the Houston Rockets when Anthony said he had asked if he wanted to play again, but he said it in August Stephen A. Smith of ESPN he was ready to return.
"I'm in the gym everyday," Anthony said. He also noted that "silence is not my job" and that until then he had been quiet because he felt he had to step back from the game to "re-evaluate myself, reevaluate my career, rediscover my life to rate".
Anthony, a 10-time all-star and six-time All-NBA player, last for the Houston Rockets in a 10-game stint that ended the season's 2018-19 season.
In addition to the Rockets, Anthony has starred in The Thunder, Knicks and Nuggets, with his greatest success being New York and Denver.
Anthony won the 2012/13 league title with an average of 28.7 points per game. This season, the Knicks were the last time in the playoffs and preceded an absence of five seasons in the postseason for Anthony, who had completed in his time in Denver and New York ten consecutive playoffs.