Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony.
- The Houston Rockets are expected to cut ties with Carmelo Anthony in the very near future.
- Based on betting odds for his next team, the Philadelphia 76ers (+125) are the most likely landing spot for Carmelo.
Carmelo Anthony’s stint with the Rockets will go down as … not good. Though the Houston forward is technically still on the team as it currently stands, he’s never expected to don the Rockets’ red and white again.
The Rockets have gotten off to a terrible start this season at just 5-7 straight up (SU) and 4-8 against the spread (ATS). Melo started two of 10 games, averaging 13.4 points on 40.5% shooting, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists.
For those waiting on odds regarding Anthony’s next team, oddsmakers posted them Monday afternoon.
- Philadelphia 76ers: +125
- Los Angeles Lakers: +350
- Brooklyn Nets: +400
- Field: -150
Though the most likely scenario is that his next team is not listed above, the 76ers are close to an odds-on favorite at +125.
Philly just dealt Dario Saric and Robert Covington to land Jimmy Butler, and if there’s one thing I know about building an NBA franchise, it’s that you want to add as many dramatic veterans as possible to a young core of potential superstars.
Since the Sixers traded away a couple forwards in exchange for Butler, they will be lacking in big man depth.
The 34-year-old Anthony, who stands 6-8, lacks the defensive prowess of Covington and the size of Saric, but could at least fill the void in some capacity.
The Lakers will probably get some takers at +350. Since signing LeBron, they’ve added a wide variety of intriguing characters, including Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Javale McGee and, most recently, Tyson Chandler.
Though he technically was not on the infamous banana boat with LeBron, Anthony is considered a part of the “Banana Boat Team,” which evidently has its own Wikipedia page. Then again, so was Chris Paul …
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