Houston, Texas, USA: The Houston Rockets have agreed to send Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Chicago Bulls according to multiple media reports referencing league sources.
Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, will not play a game for the Bulls, who will eventually trade or waive him before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, league sources reportedly said.
The teams wanted to complete the deal on Monday, but the league office was closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a trade call couldn’t be executed to finalize the deal, sources said. The trade will be completed on Tuesday, sources said.
The Rockets were desperate to get Kenneth Faried in the lineup on Monday night in Philadelphia, so they waived forward James Nunnally in the middle of his 10-day contract. Faried cleared waivers after a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will play significant minutes at center with the injury to Clint Capela.
The Bulls will not immediately waive Anthony and could use him in a one-for-one trade before the trade deadline, sources said. For Anthony, this gives him the freedom to survey the league’s roster landscape post-trade deadline and find the best fit for him.
The Lakers have an interest in Anthony but have no plans to waive a player to create an available roster spot for him, league sources said. If a roster spot becomes available with the Lakers before or after the trade deadline, they’ll be a possible destination for Anthony, league sources said.