Sixers may be ‘kicking tires’ on idea of Anthony

Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to be released by the team early this week.

The Philadelphia 76ers may have an interest in claiming Carmelo Anthony off waivers if the veteran forward is cut loose, as expected, by the Houston Rockets, according to a report from veteran NBA writer Chris Sheridan.

The Sixers are finalizing a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler. In return, they will send forward Dario Saric and Robert Covington, guard Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick to the Timberwolves.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are said to be ready to waive Anthony, who has appeared in just 10 games with the franchise.

Marc Stein of The New York Times first reported Sunday afternoon the Rockets had informed the veteran forward “that his brief time with the team will soon be ending.”

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey then met with reporters before the Rockets’ win over the Indiana Pacers, and issued what seemed to be a denial of Stein’s report.

“It’s unfair that there’s all this speculation on just one person,” Morey said. “I understand it he’s obviously a Hall of Famer. But it’s unfair.”

But Tim MacMahon of ESPN reported after Sunday’s game that the Rockets indeed have decided to part ways with Anthony.

“The organization has trod delicately on finalizing an exit for Anthony out of respect for his relationships within the team and his stature as a 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer,” MacMahon wrote. “Anthony, 34, has been away from the team for two games with what has been described as an ‘illness,’ and he didn’t join the Rockets on their trip to Denver, sources said.”

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