The Carmelo Anthony era with the Houston Rockets is reportedly coming to an end.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Carmelo Anthony has been informed that his brief time with the team will soon be ending.
The Rockets have denied they are waiving Carmelo Anthony, but two sources close to the situation say Anthony has been informed that his brief time with the team will soon be ending. Anthony has been listed as "out" for Houston's game tonight against Indiana due to illness
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 11, 2018
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is denying the rumor.
Anthony signed a one-year deal with the Rockets in the summer after getting traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks, and then reaching a buyout agreement with Atlanta. The 10-time All-Star has appeared in 10 games this season and is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The Rockets are 4-7 on the season. Houston will owe Carmelo Anthony the full $2.4 million he signed for.
If this move actually happens, it’s a necessary one. In the 10 games Melo has played in, Houston has a net rating of minus-9.0 with Anthony on the court and minus-0.2 with him on the bench, per NBA.com. The Rockets have the fourth-worst offense in the NBA, and Anthony’s iso-ball has been slowing their offense down tremendously.
Many thought playing with point guard Chris Paul and shooting guard James Harden would help Carmelo Anthony in Houston, but that hasn’t been the case at all. Could this be the end of Anthony’s Hall of Fame career? It’s a strong possibility.