Carmelo Anthony hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since Nov. 8 after he and the Houston Rockets decided to release Anthony but according to recent rumors Anthony is close to signing with a team.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Rockets for the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million. However he was released quickly after.
He averaged 13.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting (32.8 percent from three-point range) and 5.4 rebounds per game in 10 appearances off of the bench.
The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Joe Vardon on Friday, Anthony “has multiple options available and is expected to pick one before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.” It’s not clear, though, if those options would potentially be completed via trade or a release and signing.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (h/t ESPN’s Rachel Nichols) reported in late November that executives around the league told him that it was possible the former scoring champ’s NBA career was over:
Team execs have told @WindhorstESPN Carmelo Anthony has likely played his last NBA game, but what about the teams whose primary interest isn't, um, well, winning right now? Melo is a popular locker room guy, fan fave & if his defense is lacking, maybe a front office won't mind? pic.twitter.com/PIRNCzB1K1— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) November 30, 2018
A few months back I wrote about how Carmelo is planning on dodging joining the Lakers and signing the Golden State Warriors. And well he didn’t join any… Yet….
Anthony has gone two months and counting since his last appearance in the NBA. While it may take time to get him up to speed with a new team, it appears that it may not be long before he is back in action. Could it be with the Golden State Warriors?
I believe so.
The Warriors bench has been lacking this season, and well Anthony could fix it.