Carmelo Anthony did not travel with the Portland Trail Blazers to Los Angeles for Monday's game against the Lakers due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, the team announced Sunday. At this point, it is unclear why exactly the league's health and safety protocols would prevent Anthony from traveling with the Blazers to Los Angeles. The Blazers gave the same designation to forward Nassir Little.
Anthony played 20 minutes in Portland's victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday, and as recently as Sunday afternoon, he tweeted about his excitement about playing against close friend LeBron James again. That suggests that whatever prevented Anthony from traveling with the team was recent and unexpected.