Carmelo Anthony Wants to Stay in Portland

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

When asked about what his plans are for next season, legendary NBA scorer Carmelo Anthony said that he would love to stay in Portland and play another season for the Trail Blazers.

Portland was eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers, who won the best-of-seven series 4-1.

“I think I found a home in Portland,” Anthony said after the final 131-122 loss.

He previously spent one year out of the NBA, after playing only 10 games with the Houston Rockets in 2018-2019.

Anthony, who recently took 15th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, was picked up by Portland in November 2019 when the Trail Blazers were injury-ridden and desperately needed a veteran presence to help out.

Melo would do just that, providing not just veteran guidance, but also occasional moments of electric scoring that he has been known for his entire career. Anthony showed that even at the age of 36, he could hit big-time shots and provide offensive fire-power when called upon to do so.

If Anthony wants to stay in Portland, however, he might have to play on another veteran minimum contract, since the Trail Blazers will have very little money to spend this offseason.

But considering that Melo has made close to $250 million during the course of his career, the financials shouldn’t play much of a role in his decision, as long as Portland decides that they want him back as well.