By Rafael Bandayrel
After an underwhelming start this season, the Houston Rockets have reportedly told Carmelo Anthony that his “time with the team will soon be ending,” according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Anthony sat out today’s 115-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers due to illness. And Chris Paul, Anthony’s known close friend and teammate, said he isn’t aware of the 34-year-old’s status with the Rockets.
“I don’t know what’s being said or whatnot, but Melo’s been great, working hard every day,” Paul said. “So we’ll see what happens.”
Rockets general manager (GM) Daryl Morey held a press conference where he insisted that Anthony was a Rocket and that he is in fact sick.
However, ESPN reported that players and coaches think Anthony has played his last game in Houston as he isn’t expected to make the trip with the team when they visit the Denver Nuggets.
The 10-time All-Star has struggled off the bench this season as he averages a career-low 13.4 points and 29.4 minutes per game.
Last year’s Western Conference runners-up signed Anthony to a veteran’s minimum contract of $2.4 million last August. If the Rockets decide to let Anthony go, he will be free to sign with any team in the league.