Last year today, the 19-20 regular season officially kicked off. At that time, Carmelo Anthony was only a member of the free market. His career seemed likely to end early at any time. However, Anthony finally got a chance in the Trail Blazers. He played 58 times throughout the season, averaging 15.4 points per game, and helped the Trail Blazers finally qualify for the playoffs.
There is no doubt that Anthony's performance last season proved that he can still gain a foothold in the league. He is by no means as bad as his previous performance with the Rockets, but after a successful season, Anthony will now face the problem of belonging again. .
The 36-year-old Anthony will not retire. He still has oil in his tank, but where is his future? No one can say for sure now. It’s a good choice to stay with the Trail Blazers, but negotiations between the two sides are inevitable. Trailblazers correspondent Jason Quick said in the article, “Anthony will not consider The issue of money, he considers more the issue of location and adaptation, if the Blazers general manager, Lillard, McCollum can persuade Anthony to play 17-22 minutes off the bench, then perhaps they will reach an agreement, but with At the same time, I think Anthony will seek to get more playing time from other teams."
Quirk's meaning is very obvious. For Anthony now, he only hopes to continue to play in the NBA and continue to enjoy the joy of basketball. Even the championship is not his most important thing. From this perspective, the trailblazer of last season It is undoubtedly one of the best teams for Anthony. Before signing Anthony, the Blazers were in the toughest moment of the season. They were even unavailable at the third position. This also made Anthony quickly joined because of him. Can get enough playing time. Throughout the season, Anthony has to play 33 minutes per game. Looking at the entire league, at the age of 36, there is only Anthony’s friend LeBron James, who can be said to be the Blazers. It has been perfect in dealing with Anthony.
But after the start of the new season, the situation of the Trail Blazers will also undergo some changes. Their injured Collins, Hood, and the younger Ariza will all return next season, and they will occupy many of the 3 and 4 positions. In this case, Anthony’s expected playing time will be much less than the 33 minutes in the 19-20 season. Under such circumstances, whether Anthony can accept it will be a big question mark. Before the Rockets, Anthony was also reduced. Because the status declines faster after the bench, after all, for the past league's top scorer Anthony, the gap on the bench for him is really big.
In addition, in terms of money, Anthony will also consider how much. At this time last year, he just wanted to seek a contract, but after such a good season, Anthony certainly hopes to get another substantial contract. But the current salary situation of the Trail Blazers is very unsatisfactory. The annual salary of Lillard and McCollum will exceed 60 million next season. With Ariza and Nurkic, the Trail Blazers are already unable to give A good contract.
To put it simply, although Anthony and the Blazers have a very happy cooperation, and his relationship with Lillard and McCollum is also very good, but Anthony wants to continue to play in the Blazers to a certain extent, unless he can have a psychological A big change.
Of course, judging from Anthony’s performance, it is not difficult to find a contract in the NBA. At least it is much simpler than at this time last year. The expert mentioned the New York Knicks when analyzing Anthony’s next home , This is the team that Anthony used to dominate. There is a very suitable living environment for Anthony. At the same time, the Knicks now have sufficient salary space. Their lineup strength can also allow Anthony to have more playing time. The last point After the poor performance for several consecutive seasons, the Knicks also need Anthony, a popular old future to hold the line.
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