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As expected, the Houston Rockets are parting ways with forward Carmelo Anthony, according to a report from ESPN.
The news was actually first reported by Marc Stein of The New York Times on Sunday — a report in which Rockets general manager Daryl Morey more or less denied.
As @NYTSports reported here Sunday — which the Rockets subsequently denied both to me and other reporters — Carmelo Anthony has known since the weekend that his time with the Rockets was coming to an end https://t.co/ef6Vr8Oao5
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 15, 2018
Anthony will part ways with team, although there are no immediate plans to place 10-time All-Star on waivers,” ESPN reported, later adding that Anthony’s “wisest course of action could be exercising patience and allowing changes in current team rosters — through trades or injuries — to create more options for him.”
Anthony, 34, appeared in just 10 games with the Rockets before sitting out the next three with what the team described as an illness.
Anthony spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, then was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in July. His contract was bought out by the Hawks in July, opening the door for him to sign with the Rockets for the veteran’s minimum.
The Rockets finished with the league’s best record at 65-17 last season, but are off to a 6-7 start this year.