The Houston Rockets have had no choice but to walk back a regrettable mistake they made when chasing and choosing to sign a waived Carmelo Anthony, easily their highest-profile acquisition of the summer. As one league scout pointed out, if Anthony's time in Clutch City has come to an end, it is due to the Rockets' delusion for amassing talent with no palpable sense for the fit within the roster.
“On its face, that move made no sense for the Rockets,” a Western Conference scout told ESPN's Tim MacMahon a couple of days before Anthony was diagnosed with an illness. “He doesn't fit anything they do. He can't defend and he loves taking mid-range jumpers. That was a step in the wrong direction.”
The news of Anthony's play style isn't news to this Rockets brass, which has been deemed as genius by journalists and pundits for its sticktoitiveness and maniacal persistence in building a team based on the now-popularized 3-and-D mold.
However, the behemoth signings of James Harden to a supermax extension last season and Chris Paul to a four-year, $160 million max deal this summer, plus the five-year, $90 million extension for center Clint Capela, left the Rockets a bit handcuffed when it came to filling out the roster. Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute are two non-star players who are sorely missed in Mike D'Antoni's rotation after they went elsewhere for more money.
Melo was the best available veteran and one willing to come and play alongside longtime friend Chris Paul, but the writing was on the wall when GM Daryl Morey had the delusion of having D'Antoni teach a 15-year vet to play defense and seamlessly fit into this offensive system.
It only took the Rockets a quick 10 games to realize its experiment was one done with a huge blindfold, and they're now looking to part ways with the player they claimed could be their missing piece in hopes of reaching the NBA Finals.