Last year, NBA veteran Carmelo Anthony almost retired after being out of the league for almost a year. In recent interviews and podcasts, Carmelo Anthony revealed that he contemplated retirement as no team would call him and he felt his NBA career was over. However, on November 19, the ten-time NBA All-Star joined the Portland Trail Blazers in a non-guaranteed deal.
Before signing with the Trail Blazers, Carmelo Anthony was out of the NBA for around a year. He played 10 games for the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They then waived him in February last year, after which he did not sign up with any team. Out of the league for almost a year, the NBA veteran admitted to losing hope and accepting that he might not play in the NBA again. He reportedly called his agent and decided to announce his retirement if no one called. His agent, however, refused to let him announce his retirement.
His wife too wanted him to play with the Trail Blazers as she thought it was the space for him. She believed that getting away would help Carmelo Anthony enjoy and be at peace. Anthony revealed that she believed he would get the love back in Portland and would end up loving the game again. He admitted that they called when he most needed the team and he is determined to take advantage of the situation.
Carmelo wants to retire a Trail Blazer. pic.twitter.com/ffjuYuWQQK— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 30, 2020
During the interview, Carmelo Anthony revealed that he feels happy with the Trail Blazers and he likes the group. When he joined the team, it had felt like a homecoming party for him. Anthony also gets along with the coaches and is always discussing what he could do to help out young players and the team in general. Anthony further added that he would love to continue playing for the Trail Blazers and feels like he could end his career with them.
Anthony is currently averaging at 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 games. He played his last NBA 2019-20 game vs Phoenix Suns on March 11, where he scored 21 points while shooting 56.3% from the field. The NBA was suspended last Wednesday after Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Though no confirmed date has been announced, the league might return mid-June.