By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Houston Rockets have parted ways with forward Carmelo Anthony. It was first mentioned that the team may release Anthony on Saturday.
He has been disgruntled about his role with the team. He lasted just 10 games with the team.
“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” general manager Daryl Morey announced in a statement from the team. “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.”
Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the team. However, at this time, he will remain on the Rockets roster, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, until a resolution can be made.
If he is claimed off waivers, the team, who claims him, will be responsible for his $2.4 million salary. The Philadelphia 76ers would be a candidate to claim him off waivers with their open roster spot.
He could receive a buyout from his contract.
This would be the second buyout he has received this year if the Rockets buy him out by the end of the year. After being traded to the Atlanta Hawks from the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was bought out.
He received his $25-plus million salary from the Hawks. He’s going to receive more than $1 million in this buyout, as well, if they buy him out.
Anthony has refused to take a bench role with the Thunder or the Rockets. Following his refusal to take a backup role, the Thunder traded him to the Hawks.
After being a free agent, he then signed with the Rockets. He has also complained about his role with Houston despite being reunited with Mike D’Antoni, his former New York Knicks head coach.
He received only two starts with the team after signing. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 29.4 minutes.
The Rockets are unable to trade Anthony until December 15th after signing with the team in the summer time.
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