Houston Rockets Rumors
Shams Charania: As former teammate and good friend Carmelo Anthony contemplates NBA future, Allen Iverson tells @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: “No way Melo should retire. I definitely think he should keep going. He got a lot left in the tank, man. It’s just got to be the right situation.” pic.twitter.com/m8dYOEPc9d
Salman Ali: Chris Paul on early season struggles: “I’ve been around long enough to realize that it’s going to be okay. And if we lose tomorrow, it’s still going to be okay.” pic.twitter.com/7CI31313nN
The Rockets bid farewell to Anthony on Thursday by announcing he would not be returning to the team. A source said the Rockets will likely waive the 10-time All-Star soon if his agent, Leon Rose, can’t locate a team that is interested in Anthony.
A source said the Rockets were worried Anthony was a bad fit as far back as their voluntary camp in the Bahamas in late August. The Rockets already had the necessary scorers in Harden, Paul and Eric Gordon. What they needed was a spot-up 3-point shooter who could get back on defense. In short, the Rockets needed Trevor Ariza, who departed for the riches offered by the Phoenix Suns as a free agent last summer. Out of sync offensively and being picked on by foes defensively since Melo arrived, Houston knew it had a problem. “It was like a cloud,” one Rockets source said. “It wasn’t a fit. [coach] Mike [D’Antoni] was put into a bad spot.”