Carmelo Anthony got a
chance to play with a new NBA team. The Portland Trail Blazers decided to give
him a shot, and Lakers superstar LeBron James couldn’t be happier.
King James was super
excited to hear the good news about Carmelo and his return to the NBA.
It was confirmed early
Friday morning that Anthony would ink a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland
Trail Blazers. Melo may make a swift return to NBA action as he is expected to
travel with the Trail Blazers on their upcoming six-game road trip.
The news became viral, and LeBron was really proud of his great friend. The same applies to his fellow “banana boat” member Dwyane Wade. He was thrilled to see his friend back in the NBA.
You can see their reactions here.
Carmelo Anthony couldn’t sign with a NBA team
Anthony spent too much
time out of the league, and most teams chose to pass up on opportunities to
offer him a deal. LeBron’s friend last played in the NBA in November last year.
He was part of the Houston Rockets, but they decided to remove him before
trading him in January this year.
The Chicago Bulls waived
Anthony, and the 35-year old was able to meet teams in free agency. But, NBA
teams weren’t really interested in the veteran. Anthony is a 10-time NBA All
Star, but most teams tried to get Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard.
Anthony couldn’t get in the mix with these players.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski
reported that the Trail Blazers has been talking to Anthony’s representatives
since the preseason. The two camps reached an agreement, and Anthony signed a
deal which will give him $14,490 per day. This contract will be fully
guaranteed if the Trail Blazers opt against releasing Anthony before January 7.
LeBron did an effort to
bring his friend in the Lakers, but it didn’t work. The Lakers didn’t show
interest in his friend, and LeBron didn’t oppose their decision. They were
after Anthony Davis, and their efforts were successful. Davis is a Laker now,
and he leads the team in points. LeBron will finally be able to lead the Lakers
to the NBA Playoffs.