Carmelo Anthony and the Rockets haven't broken up yet, but the player is already looking for a couch to crash on.
Carmelo Anthony isn't out of the Houston Rockets organization just yet, but talks with the team are reportedly progressing in a way that has the National Basketball Association veteran already considering his next move.
Houston moved off Anthony only 10 games into a regular season in which both Anthony and the Rockets were still working to find footing. But Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni reportedly has moved on, and he plans to replace Anthony's minutes with rookie Gary Clark beginning Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets, according to Wojnarowski. The Heat are home to one of Anthony's best friends in Dwyane Wade, and could be an ideal fit offensively for a team that is average at best on that side of the floor. Along with Anthony, front-office officials across the league are also shocked by how quickly Houston is trying to cut ties with the future Hall of Famer.More news: Google Night Sight debuts for all Pixel phones
It's sad to see Carmelo Anthony become an unwanted piece of an National Basketball Association team. The Rockets have struggled to start the season with a reshaped roster and are pushing hard for changes that they hope will get them back into Western Conference championship contention. Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there are many around that league that believe he's played his last game in Houston.
If Anthony goes unclaimed on waivers, the Rockets would be on the hook for his $2.4 million salary.
Anthony might not play against the Warriors on Thursday, but whether or not he has a new team by then is another question entirely.More news: Djokovic beats Zverev, eyes ATP Finals semis
Several general managers and their coaches tell ESPN that they have been discussing whether adding Anthony could be helpful to them, or if there is a way to make that work with current roster structures.
In both public and private, the Rockets found Anthony to be accepting of his role and responsibilities with the team.More news: Hundreds still missing as California fires rage on