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Rockets GM Daryl Morey says Carmelo Anthony ‘can really still help a team’

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey believes Carmelo Anthony can still be an effective player in the NBA, just not in Houston.

The Rockets parted ways with Carmelo Anthony a few weeks ago, although he is still on the team. Houston is reportedly waiting to see if another team in the league has interest in the 34-year-old veteran.

If there isn’t a market for the 10-time All-Star, the Rockets will then waive Anthony. Morey talked about Anthony with NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh on The Haberstroh Show:

 Yeah, no he can really still help a team. I think just how things evolved in terms of how we were using him, we really thought that was going to work. And to be fair to Carmelo, I do really think he can help a team, and I think a team’s gonna nab him here pretty shortly is my guess. But in terms of, like, how things evolved for us and our heavy use of a switching defense–which we had a mix last year; we ended up finishing using it pretty exclusively, but we had a mix of that last year–that was one thing that wasn’t a perfect fit. It really is mostly on me, honestly. I saw the fit there and it really didn’t go the way that I thought it would.

Carmelo Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds with the Rockets while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc in the 10 games he played in. When Houston signed Anthony over the summer, the prevailing thought was playing with All-Star point guard Chris Paul and reigning MVP James Harden would help Melo become an effective player.

That wasn’t the case at all, as Anthony was a huge negative for the Rockets when he was on the court. Houston had a net rating of minus-9.0 with Anthony on the floor and plus-1.8 with him on the bench.