Despite general manager Daryl Morey declaring that Carmelo Anthony is the target of "unfair speculation", the Houston Rockets are strongly considering cutting ties with the 10-time All-Star, league sources told ESPN.
The Philadelphia 76ers may have an interest in claiming Carmelo Anthony off waivers if the veteran forward is cut loose, as expected, by the Houston Rockets, according to a report from veteran National Basketball Association writer Chris Sheridan.
Anthony has played in 10 games this season, averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, shooting 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from the three-point line. Houston hoped Anthony could help the Rockets, who came a win away from the NBA Finals last season, contend for a championship again.
The Rockets met with Anthony not even a month into the season to discuss his future with the team.
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Anthony sat out today's 115-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers due to illness. "I understand it, because he's obviously a Hall of Famer, but it's unfair".
He added that he "would expect" Anthony to play when he's healthy.
James Harden declined comment on Anthony's situation. "That's like a brother to me, know what I mean? So we'll see what happens".
The Rockets are off to a 4-7 start, and Anthony is playing at a career-worst efficiency rate. That's me saying that and knowing that.