Carmelo Anthony (illness) and Gerald Green (sprained right ankle) ruled out for Rockets against Pacers tonight.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 11, 2018
While the Rockets are listing him out with an illness, reports came out Saturday night saying Anthony and the team have had discussions about his future with the team, which has led to speculation about the real reason behind his absences. Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey have not given any comment on the situation.
Anthony has had a real rough go of it with the Rockets, as has the entire team after they fell just a win shy of the NBA Finals last season. Houston dropped to 4-7 with its 96-89 loss to San Antonio.
Anthony is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting just 40.5 percent overall and 32.8 percent from 3. He has only five assists on the season and shot 1-of-11 in his return to Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Melo's defense has also been an issue, as predicted by many. The Rockets have allowed 111.0 points per 100 possessions with him on the court, compared to 100.6 with him on the bench, per NBA.com.
With Eric Gordon returning from injury and rookie Gary Clark showing signs of being a competent rotation player, there may not be as many minutes available for Anthony if he continues to be as ineffective as he has been. Though, to be fair to Melo, he is far from the only issue on this disappointing team.