Carmelo Anthony Returns to Portland on a Veteran’s Minimum

Carmelo Anthony with the US Men's basketball team in 2016. Photo by Heuler Andrey/AGIF/REX/Shutterstock (5837242v)

It appears that Carmelo Anthony finally found his home in the NBA.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on social media on Sunday that Anthony agreed to a deal that will see him stay with the franchise for one more season. Reportedly, Melo inked a veteran’s minimum contract. 

After his struggling stints with Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, Anthony spent almost a year out of the league before signing with the Trail Blazers last November. Portland initially saw him as a rotational piece but was forced to push Melo into the team’s starting line-up following a series of injuries on the forward position.

Anthony used the opportunity and gave the Blazers solid production during the regular season. The 36-year-old forward finished the campaign with 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists on average while also being surprisingly efficient from the three-point line.

 Carmelo Anthony, who has 10 All-Star nods to his name, will now have an opportunity to be a contributor for the Blazers once again while also aiming to reach some big career milestones. This includes climbing on NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Melo is currently at No.15 with 26,446 career points but only needs 51 more to pass San Antonio Spurs’ legend Tim Duncan on the 14th spot. He can also get into the Top 10 in 2020/21, needing 868 points to achieve this feat.