To say that Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the Houston Rockets was a massive disappointment would be a major understatement.
The future Hall of Famer signed a one-year deal with the Rockets in the offseason, following a trade and buyout via the Atlanta Hawks. Anthony appeared in just 10 games for the Rockets, averaging a mere 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Houston had hoped that Anthony would be the final piece of the championship puzzle. This was a team that fell just one game short of reaching the NBA Finals last season, led by the superstar duo of James Harden and Chris Paul.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey isn't blaming anybody but himself for the decision to sign Anthony. Talking to Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports (via Def Pen), Morey explained that he was wrong in thinking Anthony would fit in with the Rockets.
"But in terms of like how things evolved for us and our heavy use of the switching defense...that was one thing that wasn't a perfect fit," Morey said. "It really is mostly on me, honestly. I saw the fit there and really didn't go the way I thought it would."
Anthony also struggled in his only season with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, averaging career-lows in points (16.2), and assists (1.3) per game. The Thunder traded him to the Atlanta Hawks and received Dennis Schroder in return, and OKC saved themselves valuable cap space.
The Rockets took the low-risk chance on Anthony, and it simply didn't work out. He remains unsigned, and it's unknown if the future Hall of Famer will play in the NBA again at this point.
What This Means
Houston has struggled with consistency this season, but that's due in large part to a weak bench and injuries to Paul and Harden. Anthony was not a problem in Houston; he just couldn't fit in Mike D'Antoni's system.
The future Hall of Famer deserves a better send-off than this, so hopefully he finds a starting job again before he hangs up the cleats.