Rockets reportedly set to waive veteran forward Anthony

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

It appears Carmelo Anthony’s brief stay with the Houston Rockets is coming to an end, after all.

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.”

Anthony, 34, appeared in 10 games with the Rockets, averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, shooting 41 percent from the field. He has been used primarily as a reserve.

The Rockets are Anthony’s fourth team. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the No. 3 overall pick, behind LeBron James, in 2003. He later grew dissatisfied in Denver and was traded to the New York Knicks in 2011. A similar scenario played out in New York — which shipped Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to last season.

He spent one inconsistent season with the Thunder, who shipped him to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade July 25. The Hawks promptly waived Anthony after agreeing to a contract buyout.

Per MacMahon, Anthony could be waived as soon as Monday.