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That did not last long. 10 games, in fact. After struggling through 10 early-season games the Rockets have decided to not bring Carmelo Anthony back to the roster. While Anthony will not be waived immediately there are currently no plans to have him rejoin the team for their 3 game homestead, starting Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.

The Rockets have struggled early on this season going 6-7 while showing inconsistency on both offense and defense. However, they have fared better when Anthony was not on the court. Anthony, who has been sidelined with what the team deemed as an “illness,” could have his minimum veteran’s contract of $2.4 million picked up on waivers. At the age of 34, many people, like Houston Rockets veteran Tracy McGrady, have called on Carmelo Anthony to retire rather than go through the motions of having to move from team to team at this stage in his career.

There have also been accusations that the Rockets organization is using Carmelo Anthony as a scapegoat to explain their early season struggles.

In Anthony’s absence head coach Mike D’Antoni has relied on rookie Gary Clark, who has reportedly impressed the Rockets staff.

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