Rockets Trade Carmelo Anthony to Bulls, Expected to be Released

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Houston Rockets are trading Carmelo Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Chicago Bulls, in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Wojnarowski added that if Anthony is waived to free agency, the Lakers are a possible destination for him.

According to reports published a couple of days ago, Melo had found multiple suitors and just had to make a decision before the trade deadline. He can wait for roster spots to open, trades to happen, etc, that'll create the best opportunity for him.

Anthony played in 10 games for Houston in 2018-19 before parting ways with the organization in November.

This move is just the Rockets clearing the roster space.

Houston thought he could be the piece it needed to finally get past Golden State and win its first championship since back-to-back titles in 1994-95.

Now, with the history that LeBron and Melo, it was only obvious that a Carmelo Anthony to Lakers rumor would do the rounds before a final decision was announced.

"In the summer we tried to hit a home run and it didn't work out", D'Antoni said. I just thank him for his professionalism.

It's been a turbulent two seasons for Anthony, who is on the tail end of his career after 12 All-Star seasons.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

  • Stacy Allen