Syracuse, New York. – Former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers to keep him on the franchise that gave him the opportunity to get back into the NBA.
The contract is said to be a one-year contract for the NBA minimum. For a player with Anthony's experience, that salary is $ 2.6 million between 2020 and 21.
Athletic's Shams Charania was the first to report the Portland deal was closed, while ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to provide the financial details.
Anthony's status as an NBA star has always made him a lightning rod, and the number of votes has risen late in his career as he continued to score formidable but his teams have often battled to win games. Anthony has been skipped twice in the past three seasons as many have asked if he could move from a scoring star to an efficient supporting role.
That trajectory changed last season in Portland, where the Trail Blazers needed help with the front court and Anthony, 36, joined them mid-year. In addition to the Star Guards Damian Lilliard and C.J. McCollum for a hit that averaged 32.8 minutes, 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 58 games.
Portland got number 8 in the Western Conference and lost in the playoffs to eventual NBA champion L.A. Lakers.
Anthony shot 43 percent off the field and 38.5 percent behind the 3-point arc, his best outdoor shooting season since winning the New York Knicks in 2013-14.
The former Syracuse star led the Orange to the school's only NCAA tournament championship in 2003. After being drafted third overall in the NBA Draft, he's embarked on a career that will almost certainly get him into the Hall of Fame.
In addition to his college success, Anthony is now one of the top 15 goalscorers in the NBA of all time with 26,446 points and is just 30 points away from Tim Duncan in 14th place. He has also achieved tremendous success in international basketball, winning three gold medals.
Anthony became the third player with Syracuse connections to sign NBA deals over the weekend, along with Jerami Grant, who joined the Detroit Pistons, and Michael Carter-Williams, who stayed with Orlando Magic.
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