After a year away from the NBA, Carmelo Anthony is returning with the Portland Trail Blazers in what he is calling “a perfect opportunity.”

In a video posted to his YouTube channel Monday night, Anthony spoke publicly for the first time since agreeing to . Anthony said he’d always viewed Portland as a potential suitor and that a deal came together over a 48-hour period last week.

“I always kept my eye on Portland. It just didn’t work out at other times, but now it seems like it’s a perfect opportunity,” Anthony said.

Anthony is expected to join the Blazers during their current road trip and could make his debut with the team as early as Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

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