Carmelo is back

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Carmelo Anthony, a ten-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA player, last dribbled a basketball for the Houston Rockets during a ten-game stint in 2018.

Anthony also played for the Thunder, Knicks and Nuggets, having his greatest success with the latter. One of the greatest offensive players the NBA has ever seen, Davis won a scoring title in 2012-13, averaging 28.7 points.

That season was the last time the Knicks made the playoffs. He’s one of 17 players in NBA history with 25,000 points and 6,500 rebounds.

But now, another team is seeking Anthony’s talent in the hops of making a playoff run. The Portland Trailblazers have their sights on an NBA title, something Anthony has yet to achieve. Coming off a Western Conference appearance, Portland has had a rough start to the season. 

And at 4-8, the Blazers have been one of the league’s most disappointing teams. The frontcourt of Zach Collins, Jusuf Nurkić and Pau Gasol has all been sidelined by injuries. Their only legit frontcourt player has been Hassan Whiteside, who’s struggled, too.

A high-stakes gambit

Portland doesn’t look like a playoff team, let alone a championship contender. Even with star players Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, they’re more like a team in the lottery. While only 12 games into the season, the Western Conference is loaded. The Blazers have to start playing better now before it’s too late.

While some believed a Kevin Love trade would happen, they instead decided to keep their players from a deep playoff run and bring in a future Hall-of-Famer.

Melo has seen LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh all win championships from his draft class. That being the case, this could be Melo’s last run in the NBA.

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