Retirement was on table for Anthony before Blazers called

Carrie Guzman
December 4, 2019

"It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, "You know what?"

Through two weeks with the Portland Trail Blazers, Anthony is averaging over 16 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3-point range. The way that we're playing, he makes it easy for me. "I was ready to walk away".

"I had prepared myself to just kind of walk away from the game if the right situation didn't come about", Anthony told Nichols. "So I'd been fightin' an uphill battle anyway if I didn't go to the right situation". The veteran has averaged 17.7 points since his arrival, including games of 25 and 23 points in victories against the Chicago Bulls last week.

In a separate interview with TNT's Allie LaForce, Anthony credited honest dialogue with Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and his own newfound humility for helping him adjust to the team's system.

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Anthony had previously expressed frustration with his time in Houston, telling ESPN's "First Take" in August that he was confused by his sudden release from the team after just 10 games.

Anthony said he didn't sign with the Blazers for the Wade treatment. We got that clear before I stepped in that door. I know what I still can do from a basketball standpoint. And I know for a fact he would go to bat for me, but I don't feel comfortable putting people in that situation, whether you're my friend or not.

Still, the LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets showed enough interest in Anthony to lead him to believe that an offer was coming this past summer, a source said, but neither possibility came to fruition. So a situation like Portland, where I could just come in and just play my game and have a group of guys that really want me, and the organization that want me.

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