Carmelo Anthony will begin his first NBA appearance at the Portland Trail Blazers in more than a year, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.
Spears reported that the veteran forward will play about 20 minutes in Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans after officially signing with Portland earlier in the day.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told reporters Anthony is likely to start the Portland power forward in the foreseeable future.
He could give the Blazers some additional offense as guard Damian Lillard is out with back spasms, according to Casey Holdahl.
Anthony last played the NBA game on Nov. 8, 2018, during his 10-game break with the Houston Rockets. He averaged 13.4 points per contest during that stretch, but was inactive with the team for the rest of his time.
The ten-time All-Star was then traded and relinquished by the Chicago Bulls, and it remained unsigned until this week when it agreed to a non-guaranteed $2.15 million deal for Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
Portland had high expectations after the Western Conference Finals last season, but the team is only 5-9 to start this year.
Anthony, who averaged more than 20 points per game in each of his first 14 seasons, hopes that he can give the underperforming squad a boost.