When Carmelo Anthony was unceremoniously released from the Houston Rockets in November after just 10 games, a league source (only half-jokingly) said Anthony’s best option moving forward was China.
Few could have predicted at the time that Anthony, a 10-time All-Star and likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, might have fallen out of the NBA so suddenly. But nine months after his release, it looks more and more like his time in league is done.
As of this writing, with the scramble of free agency weeks in the past, Anthony remains unsigned. It’s unclear how many teams even sniffed around Anthony this summer.
The latest rejection came this week, when Anthony, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, “expressed interest” in a spot on the bare USA Basketball roster heading into the FIBA world cup. He was rejected, with USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo even calling Anthony a potential “distraction.”
“I love Carmelo,” Colangelo told Mannix. “He made a great contribution. He was a very good international player. But for where we are and what we’re doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. I understand why the request was made. He’s trying to reestablish himself. I think that has to be done in the [NBA].”
Anthony appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” last week and gave his most open interview yet about being dismissed by the Rockets, his NBA career, and his future in basketball. Anthony said Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told h