Anthony’s brief time with Rockets officially reaches end

Veteran forward Carmelo Anthony and the Rockets parted ways back in November.

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.

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.”

Up to five teams are said to be interested in Anthony, once he officially becomes available. The list reportedly includes the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans.

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.

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