Former Syracuse basketball star Carmelo Anthony has outplayed his contract and now he’s getting paid like it. Here are all the details.
Former Syracuse basketball stud Carmelo Anthony isn’t short on cash after making over $100 million in his playing career not including endorsement deals. But this week he earned a fully guaranteed contract from the Portland Trailblazers.
A few weeks ago Melo signed a nonguaranteed deal with the Trailblazers. If he played well enough his contract would become fully guaranteed in January, but he has played so well that Portland decided to reward him early.
Carmelo was named the Western Conference Player of the Week last week after averaging 22 points, just under eight rebounds and nearly three assists per game. On top of his stat sheet stuffing, Carmelo also helped lead Portland to an undefeated 3-0 record during that week.
This was significant for a few reasons including a milestone for Carmelo. This was the first time Anthony had received a player of the week award in over five years. The last time he earned one, he was a member of the New York Knicks.
For a lot of Carmelo Anthony detractors, his recent play and Portland’s success comes as a major surprise. But Melo knew if he got the right opportunity he would be able to come off the couch and help a team.
Although that opportunity almost never came and thus Melo was prepared to retire and walk away from the game of basketball.
Carmelo recently spoke with ESPN and said a big reason for his success is due to the perfect partnership with the Trailblazers. Melo said he “feels wanted” and was adamant that this deal with Portland isn’t about a retirement tour.
Carmelo said he feels “good” physically, but the best thing is that he feels “great” mentally. He intimated that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank and he’s ready to prove it on the court.
Syracuse basketball fans are just happy to have their Orange icon back in the NBA dominating like the ole days in 2019. By the looks of it, Melo is back and will be here awhile.