After a rough start all around in Houston, it seems the Rockets are ready to make a change just 11 games into the season.
The Rockets have reportedly told Carmelo Anthony that his “time with the team will soon be ending,” according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
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
Anthony was listed as “out” for the Rockets’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night, too, due to illness.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey met with reporters on Sunday afternoon, where he insisted that Anthony was still a member of the team and that he is in fact sick.
Daryl Morey says Melo is really sick. “I would expect him to be playing when he’s healthy.” pic.twitter.com/kDjy6jgZkz
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 11, 2018
The narrative continued shifting on Sunday night, with ESPN reporting that players and coaches think Anthony has likely played his last game as a Rocket. He isn’t expected to make the trip with the team when the Rockets visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
Anthony has struggled off the bench this season — the first in his career he hasn’t been in the starting lineup — for the Rockets, who have opened the year with a 4-7 record. The 34-year-old has averaged a career-low 13.4 points and 29.4 minutes per game so far this year, and scored just two points while shooting only 1-of-11 from the field and 0-of-6 from behind the arc on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder — a game many dubbed as his “revenge game.”
The Rockets signed Anthony to a veteran’s minimum $2.4 million deal this offseason, which they will be on the hook for if they do officially waive him. Once he clears waivers, though, Anthony will be free to sign with any team in the league.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade came to Anthony’s aid on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, though, hinting that the Rockets have a far bigger problem in Houston than just a simple roster issue.
Trying to make my guy @carmeloanthony the fall guy huh!? Man y’all need to stop. That’s the easy way out instead of addressing what the real problem.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 12, 2018
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