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Report: Carmelo Anthony didn’t want to leave Rockets, was the ‘scapegoat’

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Carmelo Anthony never wanted to leave the Houston Rockets last season, and one Rockets source believes the 10-time All-Star was “the scapegoat” for the team’s poor start, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Anthony played in just 10 games with the Rockets before the franchise exiled him. Houston waited almost two and a half months to trade Anthony. His last game for the Rockets was on Nov. 8. Houston traded Anthony to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 22. The team went 4-6 with Anthony in the lineup:

“A lot of the blame was put on Carmelo, but he really should have thrived with the offense and system if the season started properly health-wise,” one Houston source said. “‘Melo was the scapegoat.”

The idea to part ways was not Anthony’s, and nor did he want to leave, sources said, but this is the course of action that was laid out. The Rockets eventually traded Anthony in January to the Bulls, who later waived him.

Carmelo Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds with the Rockets. It’s strange how Chris Paul and James Harden didn’t stick up for Anthony while he was being exiled by Houston.

No one knows what’s next for Anthony, who is one of the best scorers in NBA history and a future Hall of Famer.

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