According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets and forward Carmelo Anthony will be parting ways at some point this season.
The 10x All-Star, who didn’t fit as a starter in OKC, couldn't adjust coming off the bench in Houston. Although Anthony accepted the role Rockets head coach, Mike D’Antoni had given him all season, the play on the court showed he was never comfortable with coming off the bench. His last game in OKC he shot 1-for-11 for only two points and missed the last three games due to an illness. Skeptics felt that when the team issued a statement of Melo being ill was just a cover-up so Houston can allow Melo to look for other teams that were interested in his talents.
Carmelo was unfairly criticized as the problem with Houston in a very disappointing season so far. The Rockets who came off one of their greatest seasons last year winning 62 games and challenging the Warriors to a 7-game contest in the Western Conference finals are currently 6-7 on the season. They reached out to Jeff Bzdelik to get him out of retirement when the defense was as bad, if not worse, than in 2016 when the Rockets were the butt end of the joke on defense leading to Harden GIFs all over social media on his abysmal style of defense. By no means was the arrival of Carmelo the cause of this bad play on both sides of the ball, when every Rocket on the team was struggling.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey released a statement to discuss the reasoning for the soon to be departed forward.
“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Morey. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”
Anthony, now age 35, will now be on the look for his fourth team, fifth if we count the few memorable days with Atlanta, in just the last three years. Hopefully, he can find a team that will utilize his talents to be a key piece and not just a forgotten star at the end of the bench. Look to see if competing teams such as Minnesota, who just loss Jimmy Butler but gained Covington from the 76ers take a stab at the 6x all NBA star.