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The Portland Trailblazers just recently signed Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night. Players and fans have been waiting for this acquisition for the longest.
Carmelo Anthony has been waiting for another opportunity ever since the Rockets let him go last season. When the Rockets acquired Anthony in the 2018 summer, the buzz about him already was he hated playing defense and was not a team player. The Rockets front office was worrying about if Anthony and Harden would get along. They wanted to add more perimeter shooting so they were able to match up with Golden State better. The Rockets decided to take a risk on Anthony.
As the 2018-2019 season started, the Rockets got off to a slow start with a record of 4-6. Questions were being asked if Anthony was a right fit for the Rocket's roster during the struggle. Daryl Morey and the Rockets analytics started to take a closer look at Anthony. After evaluating Anthony, Morey decided to let him go. Anthony's departure from the team had the league confused. Analysts wondered if Harden had anything to do with it. Chris Paul, Anthony's friend, was completely confused on why the Rockets let him go. Anthony at the time was averaging 13.4 ppg and was coming off the bench.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey talks about the rumors Carmelo Anthony will be droppedyoutu.be
Dwayne Wade, Anthony's friend, felt like the Rockets used him as a scapegoat for the terrible start. Anthony went on First Take to explain the situation with the Rockets. He told Stephen A. Smith that Morey was not letting him suit up that night against the Spurs. Anthony was also appalled on what Morey said to him. He was defiantly confused after a 28 point performance against Brooklyn.
Carmelo Anthony talks leaving Rockets: I felt fired, CP3 and Harden didn't know | First Takeyoutu.be
For a good solid year people thought Anthony was black balled by NBA teams around the league. Anthony's situation was disappointing because no NBA team for the longest wanted to take chance on him. There were rumors that the Lakers were possibly going to sign him unless they made the playoffs last season. Anthony's best friend, Lakers's star, LeBron James, found it difficult to acquire him on the Lakers. Royce White, a player in the BIG3 league, called James out on Anthony's behalf. Former NBA players like Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson also believed that Anthony was black balled. They talked about Anthony's problems on their podcast "All the Smoke."
Royce White GOES OFF on LeBron James for Carmelo: "WHY IS YOUR BANANA BOAT BROTHER UNSIGNED?"youtu.be
Now that the noise is cleared, the Portland Trailblazers have recently acquired Anthony on Thursday. On Friday, Damian Lillard spoke to reporters about the Blazers acquiring Anthony. Lillard willingly expressed how Anthony can bring a veteran presence to the Blazers. The fun fact of the interview was on how Lillard mentioned he was a big Melo fan growing up. People were really excited about Anthony getting a chance to play the Rockets this Monday night. Sadly, there were reports from Adrian Wojnarowski saying Anthony will not play until Tuesday versus the Pelicans.
Damian Lillard grew up a Carmelo Anthony fan, thinks Melo can help the Blazers | NBA on ESPNyoutu.be
Hopefully this transition with the Blazers helps out Anthony because a player like him deserves to be in the league.
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Come off an incredible start to a new era of Houston Texans football, GM Nick Caserio and Head Coach DeMeco Ryans will look to build off their success and make some important additions in free agency.
Free agency is right around the corner, so the latest update about Texans star rookie receiver Tank Dell couldn't come at a better time.
Aaron Wilson is reporting that Tank Dell is expected to be ready for OTA's in May after suffering a broken fibula that ended his rookie season.
#Texans wide receiver Tank Dell at Travis Scott celebrity softball game at Minute Maid Park. Dell is making sound recovery from broken fibula, previous told @KPRC2 he is expecting to be back for organized team activities @Tankdell4 pic.twitter.com/knH8SX6OuC
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) February 16, 2024
The timing of this news is critical, because the Texans have some big decisions to make in free agency. The legal tampering period starts on March 11.
According to bookies.com, the Texans are the favorites to sign Buccaneers WR Mike Evans. Evans will be 31 years old when the season starts and could command as much as a 3-year deal for $68 million dollars, according to PFF. Similar to Davante Adams' deal with the Raiders.
The Texans have a lot of money to spend this year, but they also have a ton of wholes to fill, especially on defense. Knowing before free agency that Tank Dell should be good to go in May, could shift their priorities this offseason. With Tank Dell and Nico Collins locked in as their top receivers, they don't need to be desperate and overpay for an aging receiver. One could argue the Texans already have a younger version of Evans with Collins.
Instead of spending big on Evans, the team can go after some top defenders on the market, or look to re-sign Jonathan Greenard, Sheldon Rankins, Steven Nelson, or Dalton Schultz.
Be sure to check out the video above for the full discussion.