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Person close to Carmelo Anthony claims his name ‘is a curse right now’

Carmelo Anthony hasn’t played in an NBA game since November of last year. He lasted just 10 games with the Houston Rockets before the franchise exiled him and eventually traded him to the Chicago Bulls, who wound up waiving the future Hall of Famer.

The 2019-20 NBA season starts next week, and Carmelo Anthony is still a free agent. No team has expressed serious interest in signing Melo since he was waived by the Bulls in February. His future in the league is very uncertain and some believe Anthony has played his last game in the NBA.

According to a person close to Carmelo Anthony, Melo’s name right now is viewed as a “curse” in league circles. That mostly has to do with Melo’s last two stops with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rockets, as both OKC and Houston were better teams when Anthony wasn’t on the floor.

Via Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

Anthony declined to participate for this story, and his representatives directed comment to previous interviews. But many people close to him and inside and around the organizations where he has played were willing to discuss his swift demise. “His name is a blessing and a curse,” says one source close to Anthony.

“And it’s more of a curse right now.”

Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds with the Rockets last season while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were reportedly pushing management to sign Anthony, but it never happened.

There’s a real chance that we may have seen the last of Carmelo Anthony in the NBA.