Report: Carmelo Anthony exploring options, including retirement
The Carmelo Anthony era has come to a sudden end in Houston, with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announcing via statement Thursday that the team would be “parting ways” with the veteran after a disappointing 10 games.
The Rockets are still “working toward a resolution” to end Anthony’s time with the team, meaning he technically remains on the roster, which leaves his future in limbo. That has not stopped various pundits and the like to argue the 34-year-old would best serve his legacy by retiring. According to one report, that option is being considered by Anthony himself.
The Rockets’ best-case scenario — and perhaps Anthony’s as well — is for the team to trade him. While bringing in Anthony would not be difficult from a financial perspective, there may be only a handful of teams that have any interest. This harsh reality leaves Anthony facing a tough decision, as noted by Kelly Iko of The Athletic.
“As one source close to Anthony explained, ‘everything is up in the air’ regarding the future of Carmelo Anthony,” Iko writes. “Retirement isn’t out of the question. Anthony, of course, wants a resolution quickly, but the belief is he needs to be patient while the marketplace plays out. Portland and New Orleans are mentioned as possible landing spots.”
Whether it was a product of being a poor fit or Anthony simply not having it anymore — or perhaps a bit of both — his stint with the Rockets surely damaged any lingering attractiveness he may have held for a team desiring a veteran presence. That does not mean some team won’t take a flier on Anthony, however.
That said, perhaps this really is the end of the road for Anthony. If so, it would be an awfully disappointing way to end such a remarkable NBA career, even if he’s the one who makes the ultimate determination.