Have we seen the last of Carmelo Anthony in the NBA? The Houston Rockets officially announced their to-be official parting with Anthony on Nov. 15, one week after he last took the court. Anthony has since spent time in New York preparing for his next NBA destination.
Now, some NBA executives believe Anthony is done in the NBA. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Friday on “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
Houston has yet to waive Anthony outright because his contract will add to their tax bill if he is not claimed off of waivers. If the Rockets delay releasing Anthony for two more weeks, they can also elect to search for a trade partner. Anthony’s trade restrictions lift Dec. 15.
Should this be the end for Anthony, he completes his Hall-of-Fame NBA career with 10 All-Star selections, six All-NBA team selections, and the 2013 scoring title, but no championships.
It is unclear where the 34-year-old fits at this stage of his career. His defensive liabilities likely preclude him from joining a title contender in a meaningful way, and his offensive efficiency has significantly tailed off.