REPORT: Carmelo Anthony’s reps already looking for his next team
Carmelo Anthony and his representatives spent Monday afternoon gathering information from NBA front offices about a potential landing spot for the 10-time All-Star small forward, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The prevailing thought is that the Houston Rockets are going to part ways with Carmelo Anthony soon. Although Anthony has remained eager to play and try to contribute to the Rockets, Houston doesn’t believe they can make it work.
Carmelo Anthony has been a negative to the team when he’s been on the floor. Houston has a net rating of minus-9.0 with Anthony on the court and minus-0.2 with him on the bench, per NBA.com. Anthony is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on the season while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Houston is 4-6 in the 10 games Anthony has played in. The Rockets currently have the second-worst offense in the NBA, as the team is only averaging 102.7 points per game. Last season, the Rockets put up 112.4 points per contest, which was second-best in the NBA. Houston had the best record in the NBA in 2017-18 and went to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in seven games.
Playing alongside his pal Chris Paul and reigning MVP James Harden, many thought Carmelo Anthony could be an effective third option in Houston. However, Melo is not a good enough shooter to play in Mike D’Antoni’s system and his iso-ball is hurting the team.
Several general managers and their coaches told ESPN that they have been discussing whether adding Carmelo Anthony could be helpful to them. Only time will tell if we see Melo play again this season.
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