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Blazers give Carmelo Anthony a guaranteed contract

Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
By Anne M. Peterson Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers have given forward Carmelo Anthony a fully guaranteed contract for the remainder of the season.

The team had signed Anthony to a non-guaranteed contract last month and had until a January deadline to guarantee the deal.

Anthony, who hadn’t played for more than a year before he was formally signed on Nov. 19, has meshed well with the Blazers, averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds since joining the team.

The 10-time NBA All-Star was named Western Conference Player of the Week after he averaged 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists over Portland’s three-game winning streak last week.

Anthony, 35, played seven-plus seasons for the Nuggets before being traded in 2011 to the New York Knicks, where he spent six-plus seasons. He also has played one season each with Oklahoma City and Houston. The Rockets traded him to Chicago in January but the Bulls cut him before he played a game.

Anthony filled an immediate need for the Blazers, who became short-handed at forward when Zach Collins injured his shoulder and required surgery that is expected to keep him out for at least four months.

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