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Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited for Melo that he gets to realize his dreams and continue to play in the NBA. He’s definitely talented offensively, but let’s get real — the stats don’t lie, he’s a total liability defensively, and we should be thrilled that we dodged the bullet.

Carmelo Anthony is getting another shot in the NBA, as the Portland Trail Blazers signed him to a non-guaranteed deal on Thursday.

Anthony has not played in a game since last November while he was with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets then essentially exiled him and eventually traded him to the Chicago Bulls later in the season, but the Bulls instantly waived him.

Speculation ran rampant that Anthony would ultimately wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers following his Chicago release, but the Lakers did not give him a chance last season, nor did they sign him over the summer.

Now that Anthony is getting perhaps one last opportunity with the Blazers, Lakers superstar LeBron James says that he wishes his good friend would have gotten that chance in Los Angeles:

Anthony has made 10 All-Star teams in a career that began with the Denver Nuggets in 2003. He spent seven-and-a-half years with the Nuggets before being traded to the New York Knicks midway through the 2010-11 campaign.

The 35-year-old resided in New York for six-and-a-half years and was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder just before the 2017-18 campaign. He was waived after one season and went on to sign with the Rockets, where he played just 10 games.