With Carmelo Anthony's time in Houston appearing to be headed toward its conclusion, his representatives spent Monday talking with National Basketball Association front offices about finding a potential new team, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports.
The sources said, unless something changes, Houston is moving toward waiving the 10-time All-Star soon.
Both Anthony and front-office officials around the league are privately expressing surprise at the speed with which Houston is short-circuiting this partnership, especially after the Rockets' courtship of Anthony this summer.
Anthony will not play in Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets. Anthony, 34, has appeared in 10 games with Houston, averaging 13.4 points - but has missed the last three with what the team is calling an illness. Assuming as much as that, where could Carmelo Anthony land next?
Houston's rapid pivot on a summer free-agent commitment to Anthony has left teams around the National Basketball Association searching for information and answers on how to proceed with his impending availability. A week earlier, the Hawks had traded Dennis Schröder to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Anthony, Justin Anderson and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick.More news: Serena named GQ's 'Woman of the Year'
The Rockets finished with the league's best record at 65-17 last season, but are off to a 6-7 start this year.
Anthony met with the Heat and Rockets and he ultimately signed with Houston. Anthony could sign immediately with a new team, or wait and see what fit could develop in the marketplace.
Multiple teams could show interest in Carmelo Anthony.
Several general managers and coaches are discussing whether or not Anthony could be a helpful piece on their rosters, according to Wojnarowski, but at this time of the season, this type of personnel move could be hard to make work. "Every reason we've brought him here, he's followed".