By: Caleb J. Duncan
The odd saga that is Carmelo Anthony and the Houston Rockets is finally coming to an end. First reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets are sending the 10-time All-Star vet and cash to the Chicago Bulls where he is expected to be immediately released and become a free agent (this is not guaranteed as the Bulls could opt to use him as a trading piece).
Anthony never found success in Houston in what was meant to be a resurgence for the Rockets who fell just short of downing the Golden State Warriors last season in the Western Conference finals. However, Anthony and the team could never find a groove and by mid-November it was apparent he would not be playing for the Rockets again. The decision came from both Anthony and the team and it all seems to be amicable between the two as an opportunity that did not turn out as well as either party had hoped. The move will allow the Rockets to save about $2.6 million.
The Rockets should receive rights to some European players and a future 2nd round draft pick, but it’s expected this pick will not actually end up going to the Rockets. Finalized details on the trade will not be available until Tuesday when the league office re-opens.
The Rockets needed to move forward with signing big man Kenneth Faried after he cleared waivers in order to help fill the void left by Clint Capela who remains sidelined with a finger ligament injury that should keep him out 4-6 weeks. Since it is MLK Day the league office wasn’t open so the trade will not be final until Tuesday.
Carmelo Anthony has been on the Knicks, Hawks, Rockets, and now Bulls this season so it appears the vet may not be drawing the interest teams once had for him.
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The smaller story here is that since the trade cannot become official until tomorrow the Rockets will waive James Nunnally, who was on a 10-day contract, in order to ensure Faried can play tonight against the 76ers.
In what may be good news for Anthony, the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in him. Yet the Lakers will not waive a guaranteed player for Anthony so it appears any kind of deal is just speculation at this point.
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