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Carmelo Anthony says retirement is ‘coming soon’

Carmelo Anthony, Nets

Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony says his retirement from the NBA is coming soon.

Carmelo Anthony, who hasn’t played in an NBA game since Nov. 8, could join LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers this season, but even that is not set in stone.

Melo played in just 10 games with the Houston Rockets before the team decided to part ways with the 10-time All-Star. He was exiled from the Clutch City squad for months before the franchise traded him to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls then waived Anthony.

And when asked about his retirement, Anthony had a very telling answer.

“I’m sure it’s coming soon,” Anthony told Taryn Finley of the Huffington Post. “I’d be sitting lying to you if I said it’s not coming soon. I think I want it to come soon. I don’t think I want to do this forever, but because you love it so much, it’s hard to give it up. At the end of the day, at anything you do, when it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go. But as long as you feel good with that.”

The last two years for Anthony have been tough. He averaged career-low numbers with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, pushing OKC to trade him to the Atlanta Hawks in the summer.

After getting waived by the Hawks, Melo signed with the Rockets to join his pal Chris Paul and reigning MVP James Harden. Many thought Anthony would be able to play with Houston since he was surrounded by familiar faces.

Unfortunately, Anthony struggled with the Rockets, averaging just 13.4 points while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from the 3-point line.

We’ll see if the Lakers give Anthony a shot now that they have an open roster spot. Despite his poor play in the last few years, though, Anthony will still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer and that is not up for debate.