Melo to the Blazers

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Carmelo Anthony Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal with the Portland Blazers

A loss against the Toronto Raptors has sent the Portland Trailblazers into panic mode.

Their solution? Giving a shot to Carmelo Anthony.

The 35 year old veteran will join the 4-8 Blazers on their upcoming road trip and may make his debut as early as Saturday when his new team takes on the San Antonio Spurs. Melo has not played in an NBA game in nearly a year, after his stint with the Houston Rockets prematurely ended after just 10 games last season.

“I have never seen him more excited to play basketball,” Jim Boeheim, Melo’s former coach at Syracuse, said via text on Friday morning. “And because of their injuries, this seems like a perfect fit.”

Anthony is by no means the player he used to be, but will still be able to provide the Blazers with some offense off the bench. According to Anthony, he has continued to stay in shape, training all through the summer.

“I think he deserves to end up on a team,” Lance Thomas, a former teammate of Anthony’s, said. “A guy of his caliber is someone who has always been a standup guy in the league. He’s given amazing basketball memories to the NBA, has affected almost every teammate he’s ever had in a positive way and always has a smile on his face. I think he does deserve to play on a team. I think it’s unfortunate what’s happening. But you’re not going to take the smile off his face even if you tried.”

A Hall of Fame worthy career, Anthony has failed to replicate similar levels of success in the postseason. His opportunity with the Blazers seems like a final chance for Anthony to remain in the NBA.

Through 16 seasons, Anthony has averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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