The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to sign 10-time All-Star striker Carmelo Anthony to a one-year contract for next season, according to reports.
Anthony, the NBA’s second-leading active goal scorer (26,446 career points) behind close friend LeBron James, is returning to Portland for a league minimum deal, sources told ESPN.
The Blazers and Anthony have been a hassle-free match since agreeing on a non-guaranteed $ 2.16m one-year contract. $ In November last year. The veteran, who played in just 10 games the previous year in 2018-19 before being released by the Houston Rockets, rejuvenated his career as the third scoring opportunity on the high-octane Trail Blazers behind guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Last season, after seeing his average dip in each of his previous three seasons, Anthony put up 15.4 points over 58 games (all starts) while recording his best shooting marks (43.0 percent on all field goal attempts, 38.5 percent on three-point attempts) since his All-Star campaigns with his hometown New York Knicks.
In his previous 17 seasons, Anthony has averaged 23.6 points in his 1,122 career. The former No. 3 overall draft pick in 2003 has played for the Denver Nuggets, Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Rockets and Blazers. Four of his All-Star appearances came in Denver, and six were with New York, where he also won a scoring title averaging 28.7 points in the 2012-13 season.
Portland has been active since the start of the free agency on Friday, where he traded for center Enes Kanter and striker Robert Covington and also signed guard Rodney Hood.
New York Knicks ‘sign Elfrid Payton, add Nerlen’s Noel’
Two days after being among a group of six players released by the New York Knicks, the team agreed to sign starting point guard Elfrid Payton to a $ 5 million one-year contract. For next season, several stores reported Saturday.
The Knicks also accepted a 1-year $ 5m deal with center Nerlens Noel, according to several reports.
6ft 3in Payton only needed 48 hours to get his job back. Since the NBA’s free agency period was tipped Friday, several other point guards have agreed a deal – including Fred VanVleet, who will stay with the Toronto Raptors and DJ Augustin on his way to the Milwaukee Bucks.
After signing with New York in July 2019, the 26-year-old Payton played in 45 games (36 starts) averaging 10.0 points, 7.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.56 steals over 27 , 7 minutes.
The well-traveled Noel spent the last two seasons with Oklahoma City averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 61 games (seven starts) for the Thunder last season.
The Knicks will be the 26-year-old’s fourth team since being drafted No. 6 by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 draft. His 2.9 blocks per. 36 minutes ranked 10th in the NBA last season.
The Knicks are being rebuilt under new team president Leon Rose and new coach Tom Thibodeau. New York ended the 2019-20 season with a 21-45 record and has not had a winning mark since the 2012-13 season.