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Blazers Guarantee Wade Baldwin’s Contract for 2018-19 Season

Baldwin is coming off of a Second Team All-Summer League performance.

NBA: Summer League-Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Wade Baldwin IV’s contract with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2018-19 season is now guaranteed after the Blazers took no action before the July 19 conversion date. Portland could have cut Baldwin’s approximately $1.54 million non-guaranteed salary on or before July 18, but now the contract converts to guaranteed.

Peter Socotch of NBC Sports Northwest highlighted how head coach Terry Stotts talked about Baldwin as if he was making the team:

As midnight PT came and went with no news of Baldwin being cut, the guarantee officially kicked in, and the Blazers’ roster total jumps to 15.

Baldwin was selected No. 17 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was cut after just one season with Memphis. Baldwin appeared in seven games for the Blazers last season and just earned Second Team All-Summer League honors while in Vegas.

In 40 career games, he’s averaged 3.6 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game.

While no official word was made of Baldwin’s guarantee, the Blazers followed the same procedure when Jake Layman had his contract guaranteed at the start of July.