Carmelo Anthony agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this past week. The 37-year-old is an instant offensive infusion into any lineup, so he will be particularly essential to an LA group that was excellent defensively last year but struggled on the other end at times.
This past season Anthony averaged 13.4 points on 42.1 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The three-point percentage, in particular, was the best of his career. In addition, he chipped in 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Anthony experienced something of a career resurgence with the Portland Trail Blazers after essentially being blacklisted from the NBA for a period of time. Once his agreement with the Lakers became official, Anthony took to Instagram to express his thanks to the organization that took a shot on him when nobody else would.
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One person who wasn’t having it? Anthony’s now-former Blazers teammate, Damian Lillard.
“Off the property bruv,” Lillard jokingly wrote on Anthony’s Instagram post.
Obviously Lillard was just kidding, but that response was absolutely savage nevertheless.
Jokes notwithstanding, it will be interesting to see where all parties involved go from here. Anthony’s future is more or less set. He’ll either succeed or fail with the Lakers, and then he’ll probably retire.
Alex Caruso stays winning. https://t.co/RPDs7KeKXN
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 2, 2021
Lillard’s is a little less clear. He has gone back and forth on whether he wants the Blazers to trade him or not. If he does get dealt, the 31-year-old has hinted that there is one specific team that he’s especially interested in. That said, there are four teams calling Portland about acquiring Lillard at the moment – and the front office will inevitably take the best deal available to them.
This is shaping up to be an interesting next few months for the Blazers. What happens from here on out will impact the franchise for many years to come.