Carmelo Anthony has been given a fresh start with the Houston Rockets this season, but it has unfortunately not been a success with the club and the veteran parting ways.
The Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey is willing to take most of the blame for signing the free-agent former star. Morey opened up about the failed signing of Carmelo when speaking to Tom Haberstroh on an episode of ‘The Haberstroh Show’ last Tuesday.
“But in terms of like how things evolved for us and our heavy use of the switching defense…that was one thing that wasn’t a perfect fit,” he said. “It really is mostly on me, honestly. I saw the fit there and really didn’t go the way I thought it would.”
Carmelo Anthony played just 10 games with the Rockets before Houston announced on the 15th of November that the club would part ways with the experienced Small Forward. The 10-time NBA All-Star currently doesn’t have a new home but it’s reported that he’s still hopeful to play out the rest of his career at another club in the NBA.
Anthony is coming up to his 35th birthday meaning he only realistically has a couple of years left in the league if there’s a team willing to risk picking him up as a free agent. Daryl Morey believes that there’s plenty of options still out there for Carmelo who he describes as “a very talented player”.
“He can still really help a team,” Morey said. “I think just how things evolved in terms of how we were…using him. We thought, we really thought that was gonna work, and to be fair to Carmelo, I do really think he can help a team and I think a team is gonna nab him here pretty shortly is my guess.”
Not everyone shares the same thoughts as Morey, others believe that Carmelo has well and truly played his last ever game in the NBA. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst recently reported on ‘The Jump’ that league executives believe that Anthony will not be picked up by another NBA franchise.
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 per game this season before he the Rockets decided this wouldn’t work. Most of his value is through his offense but unfortunately for him, a majority of teams already better shooters and more important offensive players that unfortunately lowers the value of Carmelo.