According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets have dealt Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Bulls.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019
Melo’s Houston run has officially come to an end after he left the Rockets in November. He played just ten games and left the squad.
The Rockets have looked for a trade partner for a while but it has not surfaced until the Bulls came calling.
The need for a trade intensified when the Rockets aimed to sign Kenneth Faried to a deal on Friday. The deal will not officially finalize until tomorrow, which means the Rockets will still need to release James Nunnally to clear a roster spot for Faried, but the Melo trade will give the Rockets some much-needed flexibility.
The open roster spot could be used to bring Nunnally or Danuel House Jr. back to the team, or it could be left vacant for a potential trade.