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Forward Carmelo Anthony, who signed a non-guaranteed one-year, $2.15 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, credits Damian Lillard for his start with the Rip City:

“I think (Lillard) makes it so much easier for me to come in and be a part of this situation and this team and this organization. The way that we’re playing, he makes it easy for me. It’s not so as far as getting be the ball, just everything making this transition so smooth, so easy. And it’s a genuine support. It’s not fake, it’s a real commitment and I think that’s why I’m able to go out there and do what I do and play the way that I’m playing as of late, because I have a clear mind and I can just play free,” Anthony said, per Casey Holdahl of

Through seven games this season, Anthony has been averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.7 steals per game, while shooting at 44.0% from the field.