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Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony’s contract to be fully guaranteed for remainder of the season

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The Portland Trail Blazers are amending Carmelo Anthony’s contract to be fully guaranteed for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

While the Blazers had until early January to fully guaranteed the deal, the team made the decision to go ahead and make the move.

Anthony’s return to the NBA got off to a rocky start. He was just 15-of-44 through his first three games. However, Anthony embarked on a run that would lead to him being named the Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 6:

Anthony put up a pair of fantastic performances against the Chicago Bulls, including a double-double on Nov. 29 in Portland in which he also recorded his highest Game Score, according to Basketball Reference.

The veteran wing struggled against the Clippers on Tuesday, but he scored 20 points against the Kings on the second night of the back-to-back on Wednesday.

Portland made the move to acquire Anthony in part due to a depleted frontcourt. Jusuf Nurkic remains out due to a gruesome leg injury suffered at the end of last season, and Zach Collins will miss at least the next three months after undergoing surgery on his left labrum.

Carmelo had not played in the league since the start of the 2018-19 season with the Houston Rockets, where he played just 10 games before he was traded and ultimately waived by the Chicago Bulls.

Anthony had been asserting his readiness to teams around the league, imploring executives for a chance. He got that chance in Portland, and now he will play out the season with the Trail Blazers.