Mary Altaffer / Associated Press
Houston Rockets will be without Carmelo Anthony for Sunday ‘s game against Indiana Pacers and apparently for the majority of the season.
Marc Stein of The New York Times quoted two sources and reported “Anthony has been informed that his short time with the team will soon end.” Stein noted 10-time All Star was listed as against Pacers due to illness.
Players and coaches with Rockets believe Anthony has played his last match with the team, according to Tim MacMahon by ESPN.com.
Rock Director General Daryl Morey was not ready to commit to the end of the Anthony era but said he thought the swingman would return to rotation and “evaluate everything” by Jonathan Feigen of Houston Chronicle.
Houston signed Anthony this past offseason after Atlanta Hawks resigned from him before ever taking court to the team. The hawks only had him on his roster because they acquired him through trade from Oklahoma City Thunder.
Anthony is a future Hall of Famer as a six-hour All-NBA election with 14 seasons on average at least 20 points per night, including 2012-13 when he was the league champion at 28.7. He joined Chris Paul and James Harden on a team that was a victory away from the NBA final, where he would not be asked to shoulder the offensive load.
Still, it has been anything but a success as the rockets are 4-7 and Anthony is the average what would be a career-worst 13.4 points and 0.5 assists per game. This comes after he set a career race of 16.2 points per game behind 40.4 percent shooting from the field last year for a Thunder team who lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Anthony’s prime is well in the rearview mirror at 34, and now the question is whether his short Rockets employment will be in the rearview mirror.