10x NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony was involved in a trade on today when the Houston Rockets traded him to the Chicago Bulls for cash consideration. Anthony was signed by the Rockets during the 2018 NBA offseason after being traded to and waived by the Atlanta Hawks.
During his time with the Rockets this season, Melo only played 10 games with the team as he averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game. The Rockets were looking to trade Anthony ever since signing Forward Kenneth Faried just a couple of days ago. The Houston Rockets made a similar deal with the Chicago Bulls last month when they traded away Michael Carter-Williams.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Anthony will not play a single game for the Bulls but they will wait until after the trade deadline on February 7th to release him.
Carmelo Anthony had been a 20+ point player since joining the league in 2003 but it all changed when he had been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder back in September of 2017. While teaming up with Russell Westbrook and Paul George, he had found himself not making any sort of impact as he averaged 16.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 1.3 apg with the Thunder. NBA fans across the world considered Melo as a “cancer” to any team that he joins in the league.
With being signed by the Rockets for this current season, Houston found themselves in a similar situation with Carmelo Anthony. This resolved the Rockets to bench him and wounding up trading him to the Bulls earlier today.
It’s been speculating that Lebron James wants Melo to join him in LA but it seems to many that it might not be a good idea if Lebron wants to win a chip for the Los Angeles Lakers. Until being waived by the Bulls after the trade deadline, we will actually have to see if any team is willing to sign him for the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season.