Just because the Philadelphia 76ers traded for All-Star Jimmy Butler over the weekend, it doesn't mean general manager Elton Brand is done shopping.
According to Chris Sheridan of Get More Sports, the Philadelphia 76ers are "kicking the tires" on picking up veteran All-Star Carmelo Anthony, whom the Houston Rockets are expected to release any day now.
Unhappy with his role in the Houston offense Anthony met with the Rockets to discuss it, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Colleague Tim McMahon reported that "Several players and members" of the Rockets don't expect Anthony to play another game for the franchise.
Anthony has played just 10 games with the Rockets this year and has average 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. If those stats don't improve significantly, it will be the worst season of Anthony's career.
The 34-year-old is already coming off of his least productive season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he averaged 16.2 points per game - way below his career average of 24.0.
Houston led the NBA with 65 wins last season, and they fell just one game short of reaching the Finals. But they're off to a terrible 5-7 start this season, and it looks like Anthony will be let go as the team tries to bust out of its early slump.
The 76ers sit at 8-6 - good enough for third in the Eastern Conference. With Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and now Butler in the fold, Anthony would have the chance to join a high character team with a championship window that's only beginning.
But Philadelphia would have to find a way to get Anthony involved aplenty in an offense that is built mainly around Embiid and Simmons. Otherwise, the future Hall of Famer may not have much of a desire to come over to the City of Brotherly Love.