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Rockets trade Carmelo Anthony, sign Kenneth Faried

The Carmelo Anthony era is officially over in Houston.

Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Carmelo Anthony was signed to help the Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors, something they came so close to doing a year ago.

It’s safe to say that didn’t work out, at all. Anthony appeared in only ten games for the Rockets, and hasn’t seen the court since November 8 - before the Rockets even faced the Warriors. And on Monday the team officially agreed to trade him, along with cash, to the Chicago Bulls, simply so they can unload his contract.

The Bulls are just dance partners for the Rockets, and are getting paid to help Houston lower their luxury tax. They have no intention of playing the ten-time All-Star, who has struggled mightily for a few years now.

But the Rockets aren’t just doing subtraction. They’re also adding the recently waived Kenneth Faried, to help fill the hole at center that was left by an injury to Clint Capela.

While moving Anthony will allow the Rockets to add Faried with lessened fiscal repercussions, the move didn’t actually open up the roster spot Houston needed. Because Monday was a holiday, the trade was not able to go through.

In order for Faried to play in Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Rockets had to clear a roster space by waiving James Nunnally, who was on a ten-day contract. That’s a rather cruel oddity in the rules.

None of these moves particularly impact the Warriors, but they’re certainly fodder for fans of the defending champs. The Rockets seemed to be under the impression that signing Anthony would help them against Golden State, yet he got benched for an undrafted rookie (Gary Clark), and traded so they could sign a player who couldn’t find minutes with the Brooklyn Nets (Faried). I don’t advocate finding joy in a player struggling, but I do advocate finding joy in a wildly misled front office. It’s a bit delicious, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Of course, the story isn’t over. The Bulls don’t intend to play Anthony, but if they can’t trade him ahead of the February 7 deadline, they’ll certainly waive him. And, just as happened in Oklahoma City and Houston, a playoff team may sign the former scoring champ in hopes that he’ll recapture some of that old magic.

I hope that happens, just to see the reaction from Warriors fans.

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