After Short Tenure, Houston Rockets Part Ways with Carmelo Anthony
Well, that was a quick hook.
After only 10 games in Houston Rockets red, the organization has decided to part ways with Carmelo Anthony. The 10-time All-Star will be able to sign with any team of his choosing once he clears waivers.
“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said in a statement. “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.”
The 34-year old has averaged 13.4-points per game this season albeit shooting an atrocious 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from beyond the arc. That being said, his advanced stats tell an even scarier tale with a negative VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) and a -5.2 BPM (Box Plus/Minus).
“In the summer, we tried to hit a home run. It didn’t work out,” Head Coach Mike D’Antoni said Thursday. “He tried everything he could. He was great while he was here. It just didn’t work out for whatever reason. I just thank him for his professionalism. It was good, he tried everything we could to make it work. It just didn’t work out.”
The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Lakers have all been reported to be pondering the idea of giving Anthony a chance this year.