Carmelo Anthony’s NBA future remains murky, and some executives think he has none.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said several NBA executives believe that, primarily due to his lack of defense, Anthony has already played his final NBA game and will not be able to find a new team willing to take him on.
Team execs have told @WindhorstESPN Carmelo Anthony has likely played his last NBA game, but what about the teams whose primary interest isn't, um, well, winning right now? Melo is a popular locker room guy, fan fave & if his defense is lacking, maybe a front office won't mind? pic.twitter.com/PIRNCzB1K1
Windhorst himself was skeptical, but admitted it will take the right set of circumstances for Anthony to land with a new team.
Previous reporting indicated that Anthony may not find any suitors until after the trade deadline, when needs become more clear. The general consensus is it will be a while before we see him again no matter what.
Anthony is still on Houston’s roster despite the Rockets not wanting him to report to the team any longer. He lasted just 10 games with the Rockets before they decided to part ways with him.
The 34-year-old has been a poor fit in his last two stints, which have come with Oklahoma City and Houston. His poor defense makes him almost unplayable, especially when he’s not shooting the ball well. There is speculation that Melo might not find a new team until February. It’s hard to imagine why any team would have interest in him moving forward.
Carmelo Anthony may be sitting out a while as he looks to continue his NBA career.
The Houston Rockets have said that Anthony will not return to the team despite remaining on the roster. That has opened the door to him finding a new organization, but there are no clear suitors and may not be for a while.
There are several reasons that Anthony finds himself in this position. It’s early in the season and teams aren’t looking to significantly change their rosters right now. In addition, Anthony’s poor season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, compounded with his mediocre start to this season, have led to questions about how useful and effective he’d be.
The Rockets openly admitted that Anthony wasn’t a good fit with the team. A lot of other teams, at least at this point, seem to feel the same way about him with their rosters.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni spoke on Thursday about the team parting ways with Carmelo Anthony, and he tried to put things as politely as possible. The bottom line is that Anthony was a poor fit on the team, so they decided to move on.
Here’s what D’Antoni said about the situation, via Houston Chronicle Rockets reporter Jonathan Feigen:
D'Antoni on the Melo fit: "It’s a puzzle. Pieces are different for every puzzle. This one wasn’t fitting together. It wasn’t from lack of trying. It just didn’t work out. We just had to see how things work out ."
D'Antoni continued: "The way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game. He was trying to make the necessary sacrifices. It wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us."
The Rockets are keeping Anthony on their roster for now while trying to figure out the next step. He just will not be reporting to the team.
Anthony played 10 games for Houston and the team went 4-6 in those games. They’ve gone 2-1 without him. Anthony is posting among some of the worst shooting percentages of his career (40.5/32.8/68.2) this season.
Carmelo Anthony’s brief stint with the Houston Rockets is over.
Anthony will no longer play for the team, even though he will remain on the team’s roster for the time being, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
For now, Anthony will remain on the Rockets roster, but will not rejoin the team, sources said. Anthony’s wisest course of action could be exercising patience and allowing changes in league rosters – through trades, injuries, team needs — to create more playing options for him. https://t.co/L5aC5Ueah0
Anthony was signed by the Rockets over the offseason in somewhat of a hyped move. However, his defense remained terrible, and his offense was not consistently good enough to make up for it. The backbreaker was a 1-for-11 shooting performance in a loss against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Melo never rejoined the team after that as the two sides worked on an agreement to part ways.
Houston has won two out of three since Anthony stopped playing for the team and is now 6-7 on the season.
The Houston Rockets are expected to part ways with Carmelo Anthony in the near future, and one former NBA coach seems like he would not be surprised if that resulted in Carmelo contemplating retirement.
Byron Scott, who last coached in the NBA in 2016 with the Los Angeles Lakers, shared his thoughts on Anthony’s situation in a brief interview with TMZ this week. He would not name any specific teams that he thinks could be a fit for Carmelo, noting how it will be “hard” for the 34-year-old to find work.
“It’s gonna be hard, man. He’s up there in age,” Scott said. “Melo can still make shots, but it’s a tough business.”
“It depends on the direction you’re headed. If you’ve got a youth movement, he’s not gonna fit in. If you’ve got a team that’s a half-court team, that wants to set up, that’s a contending team, he might be a fit,” the ex-coach said. “But if you want to get up and down (the court), that ain’t gonna work.”
Houston has not played well as a team to start the season, but it’s alarming how quickly they have given up on Anthony. Given the specific problems they have had in the early going, it’s no surprise they feel Carmelo is expendable.
Carmelo Anthony’s representatives appear to have given up on keeping him in Houston.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Anthony’s reps have begun to assess the league to try to find a possible landing spot for the forward. They are not having any discussions with the Rockets, and there appears to be no effort being made to figure out a way to let Anthony rejoin the team.
Anthony, along with members of rival front offices, are reportedly surprised that the Rockets have given up on the Anthony experiment so quickly, even with the team languishing at 5-7.
There is at least one team that may be interested in Anthony, and he’ll likely find a landing spot somewhere on reputation alone. What is becoming increasingly clear is the fact that he has already played his final game for Houston after suiting up just ten times.
Carmelo Anthony is expected to see his brief tenure with the Houston Rockets come to an end in the near future, but he may not be unemployed for very long.
With the Rockets having reportedly informed Anthony that they plan to waive him, sources told Chris Sheridan of GetMoreSports that the Philadelphia 76ers have interest in adding Anthony. Philly traded forward Dario Saric as part of their deal to acquire Jimmy Butler, and big man Mike Muscala is their only other option at power forward. Muscala is currently out with a face laceration.
Sheridan adds that there is some concern that Anthony would disrupt the flow of the 76ers’ offense, which is designed to continuously move the ball. That typically has not been Carmelo’s style, but perhaps he can become a catch-and-shoot player at this point in his career.
This isn’t the first time Wade has been vocal on Twitter in defense of a close friend. When current New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale was fired from the same job with the Memphis Grizzlies, Wade declared he needed answers.
The Rockets have had bigger issues during their first 11 games of the season other than the play of Carmelo Anthony. They lost two pieces who were important to last season’s success in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. Houston has also been without Chris Paul for two games and James Harden has missed three. Wade appears to have a point in thinking the optics surrounding the Carmelo Anthony report make it seem like he is the scapegoat.
Carmelo Anthony’s time with the Houston Rockets looks set to be very, very brief.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Rockets have informed Anthony that they intend to part ways with him, though they have denied reports that they intend to waive him.
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
In other words, Anthony may well have already played his final game for Houston. If so, it is a tenure that will have lasted only 10 games, averaging 13.4 points per game in a little over 29 minutes per night.
Houston’s relentless pursuit of Anthony seemed questionable at the time and looks even more ill-advised now. The Rockets have been brutal defensively all season, and Anthony provides no positives there. He doesn’t fit the roster, he’s useless to them if he’s not knocking down shots, and they haven’t been able to give him a starting job or a high volume of shots. There’s no point to keeping him around if that’s the way it’s going to be.