James Harden: Carmelo Anthony Deserves Another Chance

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The Carmelo Anthony experiment in Houston formally got here to an finish right this moment, because the Houston Rockets traded the 10-time All Star (in addition to draft rights to Jon Diebler and $1.56 million) to the Chicago Bulls in alternate for draft rights to Tadija Dragicevoc.

Anthony is anticipated to be waived by Chicago, however ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski studies that the Bulls may wait till the February 7 commerce deadline to take action. As the state of affairs continues to unfold, Melo’s former teammate, James Harden, says he simply needs to see him completely satisfied and hooping once more.

James Harden: Carmelo Anthony Deserves Another Chance

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“I simply wish to see him hoop, see him completely satisfied, and I imply, he deserves it, truthfully,” Harden instructed reporters of Anthony’s state of affairs on Tuesday. “Like, he is put a lot effort and time into this sport that he ought to be capable of hoop and nonetheless have enjoyable taking part in the sport of basketball.”

“Yeah, man. Melo is likely one of the finest to ever hoop. He loves the sport of basketball,” Harden mentioned. “Some guys simply do it simply because they’re gifted or they’re athletic or they’ll shoot the basketball. There’s not that many gamers that like, like to hoop. … It type of sucks that it did not work out. It is what it’s. I simply hope he finds someplace the place they’ll embrace him and he can nonetheless hoop. So he [gets to] make that call that he is performed [playing].”

Anthony appeared in simply 10 video games for the Rockets this season, averaging 13.four factors and 5.four rebounds on 40.5% taking pictures alongside the best way. Once he lastly turns into a free agent, it’s believed that the Los Angeles Lakers might be among the many groups excited about signing him.