After just 10 games with the Houston Rockets, it was made apparent that Carmelo Anthony was no longer a part of the franchise’s future.
It became official on Tuesday when the Rockets traded the 10-time All-Star, the rights to Jon Diebler and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls, a destination Anthony once considered as a free agent.
In exchange, Houston received the rights to Tadija Dragićević.
Anthony’s time with the Bulls will be similar to his stint with the Atlanta Hawks — he won’t play a game in a Chicago uniform — as the organization will eventually trade or waive him before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
His former teammate James Harden — who’s on a historically great offensive tear — hopes he’ll find a team that views him as an asset .
“I just want to see him hoop, see him happy, and I mean, he deserves it, honestly,” Harden said after the trade was completed. “Like, he’s put so much time and effort into this game that he should be able to hoop and still have fun playing the game of basketball.”
During his time in Houston, Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from the field. While those numbers aren’t the best, they’re relatively a small sample size to use when determining whether a player is a good fit or not.
As he is set to enter free agency, what’s next for the future Hall of Famer? As one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, there has to be a team that could use him as a third or fourth option.
Considering their recent struggles without LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers could be a possible destination. Or would he be a better fit in Portland to compliment Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum?
Anthony’s willingness to come off the bench has been an issue in the past with Oklahoma City, and the Rockets’ front office obviously believed he wasn’t a good fit in Houston.