Carmelo Anthony and Enes Kanter will not be on the Blazers roster for the 2021-22 NBA season. Carmelo Anthony agreed to play for the Los Angles Lakers next season on a 1 year deal. Anthony played the last two seasons for the Blazers averaging 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds on nearly 40% shooting from deep. Anthony tweeted out a goodbye to Portland after signing with the Lakers.
“Thank you Portland, for letting me love the game of basketball again. Thank you for welcoming me into your community, and supporting me both on the court and in your city. These two years were some of the most important ones of my career, and for that I’ll always be grateful.”
Enes Kanter also left in free agency back to the Boston Celtics after returning to the Blazers last season. He played for the Blazers for the 2018-19 season, helping them to the conference finals before playing in Boston for the 2019-20 season. He then returned to play for Portland last season, averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Kanter was benched during the Blazers last season because of his defense. Kanter was happy to play in Portland, and might well be back. He also tweeted a farewell.
“This team, this organization, the whole state made me a more complete basketball player and a better person on & off the court. Getting traded here was one of the best things that ever happened to me in my whole career. Thanks #RipCity (See y’all probably next year)”