The Houston Rockets parted ways with Carmelo Anthony Thursday after the veteran scored played in just 10 games. The 10-time All-Star would need USA Basketball to grant him a waiver to play for Puerto Rico.
Anthony is currently Team USA's all-time Olympic scoring leader with 336 points. He's won three Olympic gold medals and a bronze. Melo was born to parents of Puerto Rican descent.
“With his connection to Puerto Rico, his NBA stardom and his experiences, our fans would love it,” said Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea. “We tried a bunch to get him in the past, but of course nobody blamed him for playing for Team USA. But if he ever wants a chance to represent us, it would be awesome to have him.”
As of this moment, Carmelo Anthony is still on the Rockets' roster. Houston reportedly will not waive him, but Melo won't rejoin the team. It's unclear if he will draw any interest on the open market from NBA teams considering his last two stops with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rockets haven't worked out.
Is this how Carmelo Anthony's NBA Hall of Fame career is going to end? Hopefully not. You like to see players end their careers on their own terms.