Carmelo Anthony Reiterates Desire to Return to Blazers Ahead of 2020 Free Agency

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers' Carmelo Anthony reacts after being charged with an offensive foul against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
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Carmelo Anthony seems to have found a home with the Portland Trail Blazers and wants to return to the team in 2020-21.

He spoke about his plans with TMZ Sports:

"I'll be back, I ain't going nowhere," the veteran said.

When asked what teams he would consider, Anthony responded: "I'm still with Portland."

The 36-year-old went about a year between NBA games after falling out of favor with the Houston Rockets early in 2018-19 and finally getting signed by the Blazers in November 2019.

He made a positive impact with his new team, winning a Player of the Week award in December and eventually averaging 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 2019-20, starting all 58 games he played.

Though Portland had an up-and-down season, the squad turned things around during the restart in Orlando, Florida, and won six of eight games to earn the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Anthony had at least 20 points in four of those games.

The Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the Trail Blazers in five games during the first round, although Carmelo once again showed his ability with 27 points in the final loss with Damian Lillard unavailable.

The 10-time All-Star is once again a free agent, although he has indicated he wants to re-sign with the team this offseason.

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"Honestly think that I've found in a home in Portland," Anthony said in September, per Casey Holdahl of the team's official site. "I got comfortable with the organization, I got comfortable with the guys on the team, they got comfortable with me. At this point in my career, I do think that that's the best fit for me, the best situation."

Portland has showed it can be a dangerous team at full strength, with Lillard and CJ McCollum in the backcourt and Jusuf Nurkic and Anthony providing balance in the frontcourt. Running it back next season could give the team a chance to compete with the best in the Western Conference.