Rumors: NBA executives believe Carmelo Anthony has played his last game
There are some executives in the league who believe Carmelo Anthony has played his last game in the NBA, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
The Rockets parted ways with Carmelo Anthony a few weeks ago, although he is still on the team. Houston is reportedly waiting to see if another team in the league has interest in the 34-year-old veteran.
However, if there isn’t a market for the 10-time All-Star, the Rockets will then waive him.
“Executives who I’ve talked to, who just loathe Carmelo’s defense who will say he’s played his last game in the NBA,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s The Jump.
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
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) November 30, 2018
Carmelo Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds with the Rockets while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc in the 10 games he played in. When Houston signed Anthony over the summer, the prevailing thought was playing with All-Star point guard Chris Paul and reigning MVP James Harden would help Melo become an effective player.
That wasn’t the case at all, as Anthony was a huge negative for the Rockets when he was on the court. Houston had a net rating of minus-9.0 with Anthony on the floor and plus-1.8 with him on the bench.
Anthony also had a putrid season with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, so it’s not a surprise people in the league believe we have seen the last of Melo in the NBA.
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