01/21 17:57 CST AP Source: Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago
AP Source: Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago
By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) --- Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.
Where he's going next remains unclear.
A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are
trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that
is expected to be completed Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press
on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade still needs league approval.
When that comes --- the only reason why it didn't happen Monday is because the
NBA office was closed to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ---
Anthony will have a new team, though still won't be back on the floor. The
Bulls have no plans to play Anthony and will look to either trade him before
the Feb. 7 deadline or ultimately waive him and make him a free agent.
The trade ends a short-lived saga in Houston for Anthony, who averaged 13.4
points in 10 games with the Rockets. He has not played since Nov. 8.
Anthony was traded by Oklahoma City to Atlanta in July, a move that preceded
the Hawks releasing him to sign with the Rockets. The Bulls, technically, will
be Anthony's fourth franchise in seven months, with likely one more to come
"We just had to see how things worked out," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said in
November when the team said it was parting ways with Anthony. "And the way we
play probably wasn't conducive to his game, and he was trying to make the
necessary sacrifices and it wasn't fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play
in a way that wasn't good for him, wasn't good for us. It just wasn't a fit."
Anthony is a 10-time All-Star who has averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per
game in his career. He was the No. 3 pick in the star-studded 2003 draft class
that also included No. 1 LeBron James, No. 4 Chris Bosh and No. 5 Dwyane Wade.
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