Carmelo Anthony's Rockets tenure is already bottoming out

It Sure Sounds Like the Rockets Realize Signing Carmelo Anthony Was a Huge Mistake

Analytics experts pointed to Carmelo Anthony's offensive and defensive inefficiency as a starting point for the inevitable blame game the Rockets now find themselves in.

While Carmelo Anthony is absent with an illness tonight against the Spurs, the Rockets and Anthony are discussing his role and how they might still be able to proceed together for the rest of the season, league sources tell ESPN.

According to Wojnarowski, "talks remain fluid" regarding Anthony's status on the squad. So much so, after only a few weeks into the season, the Rockets are already contemplating if they can even go forward with him.

After the game, coach Mike D'Antoni referred all questions about Anthony to general manager Daryl Morey. "I'm trying to win a game", D'Antoni said. "You need to talk to Daryl".

You can imagine the two sides aren't going to agree that the answer is increasing Anthony's minutes.

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A short time later, Shams Charania added that the illness may not have been so real, while saying that the Rockets are "seriously weighing" Anthony's roster situation.

"What he was doing, Melo's been great", D'Antoni said.

Clearly, the hope coming into the season was that Anthony could be that player who gives the Rockets that extra spark on offense to compete with the Warriors. The 34-year-old has averaged a career-low 13.4 points per game, and that's not only because of his limited minutes. Anthony is nowhere near the player he used to be, and seemed to take an especially big step back last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Wojnarowski writes that Houston is "searching for answers" after a slow 4-7 start to the season.

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