After a brief stint with the Houston Rockets organization,10 time All Star and Olympic gold medalist Carmelo Anthony will be leaving the team. General Manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, issued a statement saying, “after much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution.”
Morey went on to say, “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized; therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”
What this means for Anthony’s future in the NBA is unclear at this point. He was drafted by Denver in 2003 as the third overall pick. Over the course of his career he averaged 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Anthony won three Olympic gold medals with the USA Basketball team as a leading scorer.
Anthony is currently being courted and recruited by Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is home to Dallas Mavericks star J.J. Barea who said of the potential addition to the National team, “With his connection to Puerto Rico, his NBA stardom and his experiences, our fans would love it.”
Barea went on to tell ESPN, “We tried a bunch to get him in the past, but of course nobody blamed him for playing for Team USA. But if he ever wants a chance to represent us, it would be awesome to have him.”