Carmelo Anthony

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Report: Bulls To Acquire, Part Ways With Anthony

The Rockets are using the Bulls for a salary dump.

January 21, 2019 - 4:50 pm

(670 The Score) The Bulls will acquire 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the Rockets with the intent to then part ways with him, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday afternoon.

Anthony won't play in a game for the Bulls, though he may remain with the organization until the Feb. 7 trade deadline, according to the report. The deal provides the Rockets with luxury tax relief. In exchange, Chicago will receive close to $1 million in return from Houston. The Bulls and Rockets made a similar trade in early January, with Chicago receiving cash to take on the contract of Michael Carter-Williams, who was then waived.

Anthony, 34, played in 10 games this season with the Rockets, averaging 13.4 points per game. His fit with the team was poor, and he hasn't been active since Nov. 8 as the organization decided to move on without him.

In July, the Thunder traded Anthony to the Hawks, who then bought him out. Anthony then signed a veteran's minimum deal with the Rockets. 

The Bulls attempted to sign Anthony during free agency in 2014. He opted instead to re-sign with the Knicks.