League sources have confirmed tonight that the Trail Blazers will amend Carmelo Anthony’s contract, making it fully guaranteed for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
While Portland had until early January to guarantee the deal, it appears they saw no reason to wait.
The 35-year-old Anthony was named Western Conference Player of the Week last week after putting up a three-game average of 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists to lead the Trail Blazers to a 3-0 record. It was the first time he had won a Conference Player of the Week since the 2014 season, at which point Anthony was a member of the New York Knicks.
Anthony stayed hot this week, pouring in 20 points in 36 minutes in Wednesday night’s 127-116 win over the Sacramento Kings. He is now averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this season.
Head coach Terry Stotts told ESPN Radio’s Spain and Company that Anthony’s addition has been “a pleasure” for the team.
“Melo’s been terrific for us,” Stotts said. “He’s enjoying the experience. He’s been a breath of fresh air for us that we needed.”
The Trail Blazers are in Los Angeles to take on the league-leading Lakers tomorrow.