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Rockets Expected To Waive Carmelo Anthony

Nov 12, 2018 8:02 AM

Players and coaches of the Houston Rockets believe Carmelo Anthony has already played his final game for the team.

The Rockets could place Anthony on waivers as soon as Monday.

Over the weekend, it was reported the Rockets and Anthony were holding discussions over his role. Those talks came after Anthony's 1-for-11 performance against the Thunder.

The Rockets signed Anthony to a one-year deal for the veterans minimum of $2.4 million after he received a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks.

Anthony's spot on the roster is likely to be filled by signing undrafted rookie Gary Clark, currently on a two-way contract.

James Harden declined comment on Anthony's situation.

"Melo's been great here," Chris Paul said. "That's like a brother to me, know what I mean? I don't know what's being said or whatnot, but Melo's been great, working hard every day. So we'll see what happens."

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Carmelo Anthony, Rockets Discussing Role With Team

Nov 11, 2018 9:07 AM

Carmelo Anthony and the Houston Rockets are holding discussions over his role and how he might be able to remain with the team for the remainder of the season.

Sources said talks are ongoing.

Anthony missed Saturday's game due to an illness.

Mike D'Antoni referred all questions about Anthony to general manager Daryl Morey.

"Yeah, that's ... I'm sure you can address that with Daryl. I'm trying to win a game," D'Antoni said, adding: "You need to talk to Daryl. On that one, I have no answer for you right now."

Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets before the season.

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Houston Source: Carmelo Anthony's OKC Season Was Humbling Experience

Nov 8, 2018 9:40 AM

The Houston Rockets nearly traded for Carmelo Anthony during the 2017 offseason, but instead he went to the Oklahoma City Thunder for one season. Anthony eventually signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets before the 18-19 season.

One high-ranking source with the Rockets described Anthony's season with the Thunder as "clearly a humbling experience."

Anthony publicly dismissed the notion of coming off the bench when he joined the Thunder, but was at least accepting of it with the Rockets.

Chris Paul and James Harden recruited Anthony to the Rockets.

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Jeff Bzdelik To Rejoin Rockets After Thanksgiving

Nov 5, 2018 2:40 PM

Jeff Bzdelik has agreed to rejoin the Houston Rockets full time after Thanksgiving.

Bzdelik left the team before the start of the season but has resolved family issues involved with the move.

Bzdelik is credited for Houston's defensive improvement last season. The Rockets have had defensive issues this season without him.

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Carmelo Anthony: Perception Of Knicks Scared Some People Away

Nov 2, 2018 11:32 AM

Carmelo Anthony believes the perception of the New York Knicks as an organization hurt the team's chances of signing free agents during his tenure there.

"I think just the business. Everything that was going on. The perception of New York Knicks ... not basketball but the organization," Anthony said Thursday when asked what kept the Knicks from landing a top free agent when he was there.

"I think it probably scared a lot of people away. Scared some people away. Not knowing the nuances and the ins and outs of kind of what was going on, who is in charge, who is not. So it was more than just basketball when it came to people making those decisions," he said.

Anthony played under four different team presidents/general managers during his tenure, along with four different full-time head coaches.

The Knicks had opportunities in 2015 and 2016 to add significant free agents.

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Rockets Decline 19-20 Option On Marquese Chriss

Oct 31, 2018 6:52 PM

The Houston Rockets have declined their fourth-year option on the contract of Marquese Chriss.

Chriss was acquired by the Rockets in a trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Chriss was the eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Suns. The Suns have also declined the 19-20 option on Dragan Bender.

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Tom Thibodeau Believed To Not Be Ready To Trade Jimmy Butler

Oct 31, 2018 2:56 PM

Tom Thibodeau is not believed to be ready yet to seriously negotiate a trade of Jimmy Butler.

The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers have interest in Butler.

Butler will miss Wednesday's game, but he has told associates that he plans to play against the Warriors on Friday night.

Butler and his agent are frustrated by the Wolves slowly moving to honor his trade request.

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James Harden Out At Least Two Games With Hamstring Strain

Oct 25, 2018 10:59 PM

James Harden will likely miss at least the next two games with a grade 1-plus strain of his left hamstring.

Harden did not practice Thursday and underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

"It's nothing serious, nothing serious," said Harden, who walked out of the Toyota Center without a noticeable limp. "It's nothing close to last year. Just being cautious." 


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Rockets Offer Four First Round Picks To Wolves For Jimmy Butler

Oct 25, 2018 10:56 PM

The Houston Rockets have offered four first round picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves have continued to solicit offers for Butler since the start of the regular season.

The Rockets' offer constitutes the maximum number of first-round picks allowable in a deal, factoring in league rules that necessitate no first-rounders can be conveyed in successive years. The deal would have limited lottery protections.

The Rockets would have a strong desire to re-sign Butler in the offseason.

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Rajon Rondo Denies Spitting, Calls Chris Paul's 'Good Guy' Image Into Question

Oct 23, 2018 4:35 PM

Rajon Rondo again denied that he intentionally spit at Chris Paul during Saturday's altercation.

Rondo again pointed to the fact that he was wearing a mouthguard, which would impact his ability to intentionally spit on someone.

"This is the only time I'm going to address this," Rondo told ESPN on Tuesday. "I had a mouthpiece in my mouth and I [was] exasperated because I was about to tell him to 'get the [expletive] out of here.'

"Look at my body language [in the video]. My hands on my hips. I turn away for a second. Look at Eric [Gordon] and Melo [Carmelo Anthony] in the video. If they saw me spit, they would have turned their face up or something. They had no reaction."

Paul said he took pride in "staying as poised as possible" during the incident.

"Y'all are playing me with these tricks or these mind games, tampering with the evidence," Rondo told ESPN on Tuesday. "Ain't no way that I intentionally spit on you with my body language the way it was.

"One, if I spit on you, bottom line, there is not going to be no finger-pointing. If you felt that I just spit on you, then all bets are off. Two, look at my body language. If I spit on you on purpose, I'm going to be ready for a man to swing on me. You ain't going to have my hands on my hip and my head look away at someone if I spit on them. After the [expletive] goes down, within 30 seconds, you run and tell the sideline reporters that I spit on you? If I spit on you, you are trying to get to me. You not trying to make up a story so you can look like a good guy. It makes no sense to me.

"I was going to let it rest. I wasn't going to say much. But now I have kids and I teach my kids to speak up for themselves and don't let the world tell their story."

Rondo questioned Paul's image created by the NBA.

"Of course, the NBA went with his side because I got three games and he got two," Rondo told ESPN. "Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy. They don't know he's a horrible teammate. They don't know how he treats people. Look at what he did last year when he was in L.A.; trying to get to the Clippers' locker room. They don't want to believe he's capable of taunting and igniting an incident.

" ... He comes out and says I spit and the media sides with that."

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Brandon Ingram Receives Four-Game Suspension, Rajon Rondo Gets 3 While Chris Paul Gets 2
Saturday's altercation began with Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul.

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Mike D'Antoni Doesn't Believe Jeff Bzdelik's Retirement Tied To Carmelo Anthony
Jeff Bzdelik somewhat surprisingly announced his retirement from coaching shortly before the start of training camp.

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Carmelo Anthony: Reserve Role Challenging Mentally
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Rockets Convert Gary Clark, Vince Edwards To Two-Way Deals
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Tilman Fertitta: Rockets Would Love To Have Jimmy Butler
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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
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Jeff Bzdelik Retires From Assistant Coach Position With Rockets
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76ers Granted Permission To Interview Larry Harris, Gersson Rosas, Justin Zanik For GM Job
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Ryan Anderson Agrees To Reduction Of 19-20 Guarantee To $15.6M
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