September 1, 2020, 9:20 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that Knicks’ president Leon Rose has had Carmelo Anthony "on his radar" ever since he took over the job in March, but Anthony is coming off a revival with the Blazers and his first choice is returning to Portland.
Anthony did indeed turn into a reliable third wheel behind backcourt stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, while earlier in the bubble, Melo stated that Lillard was the best player he’s ever teamed with. The Blazers’ bubble performance meanwhile in which they lifted themselves into the playoffs has changed minds, and the Oregonian reported their players have expressed nothing but love and admiration for Anthony, many of whom grew up idolizing him. Carmelo made the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million and the Blazers surely would want him for that price, but it’s unclear if he will seek a vast payday.
Source: NY Post
August 30, 2020, 12:11 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony put up 27 points (9-of-16 FG, 6-of-7 FT), seven rebounds, three triples and one assist on Saturday as the Blazers fell to the Lakers 122-131 in Game 5, ending their post-season run.
Melo committed five turnovers and was slowed in spots thanks to his five fouls late in the game. The Blazers put up a strong effort, but in the end they didn't have enough to defeat the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
August 24, 2020, 11:48 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony started in Monday's Game 4 and scored 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting (1-for-6 3PTM) while adding two rebounds, one assist and one triple.
Anthony had a rough night shooting the ball, but the variance in his shooting is well-documented by now. He was being cooked all game by the Lakers forwards as well and the Melo apologists will definitely be quiet after tonight's game.
August 22, 2020, 11:52 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony made 9-of-20 shots from the field to finish Saturday night's loss to the Lakers with 20 points, six rebounds, two assists, two 3s, four steals and one block.
This can be considered a solid overall performance from Melo, who showed some initiative on the defensive end of the floor with his four steals and one block. He's going to need to bring another strong two-way performance in Game 4 if the Blazers are going to slow down the LeBron-Davis duo and have a shot at evening up this first-round playoff series.
August 20, 2020, 11:42 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony was dreadful in Thursday's Game 2 loss, finishing with two points on 1-for-6 shooting with one assist, three turnovers and no other stats in 27 minutes of action.
The Lakers did a much better job of moving Anthony Davis around than they did in Game 1 and he feasted, with Melo looking like a speed bump in expensive sneakers whenever the two matched up. Anthony has hit a number of big shots throughout the NBA resumption but simply didn't have the chance tonight with the Blazers down by as much as 30 points. He, and the rest of the Blazers, should rebound for Game 3, as this looked like a rock-bottom performance for them.
August 11, 2020, 10:57 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony posted 26 points (10-of-17 FG, 3-of-5 3PT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes of play on Tuesday vs. the Mavs.
The Blazers pulled out a thrilling victory over the Mavs, maintaining their spot in ninth place in the West. Anthony was a vital part of the Blazers' success on Tuesday and has been a revelation of sorts during his time with the Blazers, averaging 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 56 games (all starts) thus far.
August 9, 2020, 9:52 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony had a productive outing with 20 points (6-of-6 FT), seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals and one block vs. the Sixers on Sunday.
Anthony continues to receive a significant role in the Blazers' rotation, and until that changes, he figures to be a 12-team worthy option. The efficiency from the field will never be more than acceptable, but that's good enough while Melo keeps providing points, rebounds, 3-pointers, as well as a handful of steals and blocks. It's not a coincidence that he's shooting .380 from deep now that he is a spot-up threat alongside Damian Lillard.
August 8, 2020, 5:02 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony got back on track after a poor showing on Thursday, posting 21 points to go with seven rebounds and one block in 34 minutes during Saturday's 122-117 loss to the Clippers.
Barring his seven-point outing against the Nuggets, Anthony has been a consistent source of points for the Blazers. His efficiency remains an issue, however, over the last five games he is averaging 15.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 triples. His fantasy game is somewhat one-dimensional which does limit his upside but given the reduced player pool, he is worth rostering in most formats.
August 6, 2020, 10:41 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony had little to show for his 32 minutes on the floor on Thursday, scoring just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds and one 3-pointer.
This is a rock-bottom performance from Melo, who deferred to the white-hot Damian Lillard and Gary Trent Jr. this evening. He's not going to be this awful every night, so you can bet money on a reasonable bounce-back night sometime soon.
August 5, 2020, 12:07 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony was able to produce 15 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, a block and a pair of 3-pointers in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.
Anthony played 36 minutes, aided by the matchup, and while he shot 5-of-14 from the field he hit a huge three late to put Portland up for good. He's good for double-digit points and a handful of rebounds and threes, but he's been able to churn out six defensive stats through his three bubble games so far. If that persists, Melo will rise above late-round value in fantasy leagues.
August 2, 2020, 6:11 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony didn't do much in Sunday's loss, scoring 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go with three 3-pointers and a block.
Anthony is going to need to score to deliver even moderate fantasy value, though he saved his day with the triples and the swat. Don't expect more than late-round returns with Melo a tertiary scoring option for the Blazers.
July 31, 2020, 8:49 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony was effective in 37 minutes for the Blazers on Friday, contributing 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, two 3s and two steals.
Anthony started at small forward for the Blazers tonight, and with Trevor Ariza opting out of the restart, this should be what we should expect moving forward. He's not going to wow you beyond the points he puts up, but you could do worse from a late-round pick nowadays.
July 18, 2020, 2:19 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony posted low-end value with top-130/140 per-game production in 8/9-cat leagues.
After being waived by the Rockets 10 games into the 2018-19 season, it took Anthony 12 months to sign with an NBA team. Although there was plenty of discussion as to why that may have been, Anthony proved he still belonged once he did sign with averages of 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples in 32.5 minutes per game with 42.6 percent shooting from the field, good enough for late-round value in his 17th season.
July 2, 2020, 2:57 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In a conference call with Portland media, Terry Stotts revealed that Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are likely to return to their starting jobs and won't be under minutes restrictions when the NBA resumes.
It should be a huge defensive lift for a Blazers squad that gave up points like crazy, though this will throw a wrench into plans for DFS players. Stotts mentioned that he's considered starting Nurkic next to current starter Hassan Whiteside, though that fit would likely only be tenable in certain matchups. This, plus news of Trevor Ariza's absence during the restart, also has big effects on the wing rotation, where it sounds like Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. are competing to start with Nassir Little and Mario Hezonja also in the mix off the bench. This is a big blow to Hassan Whiteside's fantasy appeal — a top-15 player in 31.3 mpg this year– as his minutes should sink into the mid twenties. Anyone participating in a short league that covers the restart may want to view Whiteside as more of a middle-round, blocks specialist type, though this all obviously hinges on how Nurkic and Collins look when games begin.
Source: The Athletic
June 12, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and a group of other players (including NBPA President Chris Paul and Garrett Temple) expressed their concerns about the NBA's plan to resume the the season in Orlando.
Reports in recent days have indicated that there are more than a couple NBA players scheduled to resume play when the league returns who are very concerned with the feasibility of the plan as it currently stands. Some of the players, including Anthony, have voiced their doubts as to whether or not the continuation of the NBA season next month is healthy. The group, which notably is made up of mostly players in the bottom half of the projected playoff bracket at the moment, isn't sure whether or not resuming league play is the safest, most intelligent plan that was proposed in discussions with the league. This should situation should formulate further over the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter