New Houston Rockets star Carmelo Anthony is no longer averse to coming off the bench.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder forward penned a one-year deal with the NBA's Western Conference finalists this Monday. And, given what he's told TMZ Sports, he might not reject a bench role for his new team and is simply waiting to see how things go.
"Let's just let it play out, though," the 10-time All-Star told the above-mentioned source. "I don't even know what's going on. I just signed—let it start first."
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Anthony played a total of 78 games for the Thunder last season and started all of them. He made little secret of his desire to keep playing as a starter towards the end of the season, claiming that coming off the bench was simply not an option.
"I'm not sacrificing no bench role," he said back in April, in quotes cited by MassLive.com's Fred Katz. "That's out the question."
With things having changed this summer, though, the player is now seemingly open to starting on the bench as he looks ahead to a fresh start under Mike D'Antoni.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Melo will be afforded every opportunity to prove his worth as a starter, but D'Antoni could look to field him in a bench role.
"Anthony will have a chance to compete for a starting spot in training camp, but could ultimately come off the bench based on what Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni decides is best for the team," Wojnarowski claimed.
D'Antoni, meanwhile, has revealed that he the team will be experimenting with different combinations during pre-season, and early in the upcoming campaign, as they look to find the best formula.
"All I know is that we’ll try different combos—preseason, early season, and the good thing is that with analytics and with gut feelings and coaches and players, we’ll figure out what is the best way to play," the Rockets head coach explained.
"And again, if everybody is on board, then it'll be, 'Hey, this is where we're the best. This is how we can win the championship.' I don’t know yet, but we’ll make sure we get it right as good as we can."