Lakers rumored to have no interest in signing Carmelo Anthony
16 November, 2018, 09:08
But Anthony and the Rockets aren't discussing a return, and his representatives reached out to other National Basketball Association teams Monday in an effort to find a possible landing spot, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing league sources.
Anthony has missed the Rockets' last three games, officially because of an unspecified illness.
Anthony is reportedly on the outs in Houston and McGrady says he's being unfairly scapegoated for the Rockets' slow start.
Anthony will not play in Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.
But the 34-year-old has struggled to adapt to his new role coming off the bench while the remaining Houston roster have also performed poorly so far.
Houston's rapid pivot on a summer free-agent commitment to Anthony has left teams around the National Basketball Association searching for information and answers on how to proceed with his impending availability.
The Rockets finished last season with a 65-17 record and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they fell to the Warriors in seven games. Anthony did deliver a dramatic 28 points in a crucial road victory at Brooklyn on November 2 and back-to-back 24- and 22-point performances in late October losses to the Clippers and Utah Jazz. A week earlier, the Hawks had traded Dennis Schröder to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Anthony, Justin Anderson and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick.
Although we're just one month into the National Basketball Association season, it appears as though the Carmelo Anthony experience for the Houston Rockets has not gone as planned. Smith also pointed that Anthony didn't return calls from the Los Angeles Lakers this summer about joining the team as a bench player.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge considered signing Anthony in previous seasons, but his hefty salary and demands over playing time were stopping points, according to Washburn. Anthony's best short-term course of action could be to exercise patience. With the veteran forward's time with the Houston Rockets nearing its end, he's been linked to a few team and not surprisingly, one was the Sixers.
"We've been extremely happy with his approach", general manager Daryl Morey told reporters on Sunday.