Sources: Rockets, Carmelo in talks over his role

The Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony are discussing his role with the team and how the franchise and 10-time All-Star forward still might be able to proceed together for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN.

Talks are ongoing, the sources said.

Anthony, who missed the Rockets’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night because of an illness, signed a one-year, $2.4 million veteran’s minimum contract with Houston after agreeing to a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks before the season.

The Rockets would be responsible for paying the 34-year-old Anthony that contract should the team decide to waive him.

Houston is searching for answers with what has been a sluggish start to the season on offense and defense. Anthony and the Rockets were both enthusiastic about his reunion with coach Mike D’Antoni in the preseason, but both Anthony and the team — which has had injuries and lost key personnel in free agency — are off to a slow start.

The Rockets had the NBA’s No. 1 offense a season ago but have dropped to 26th overall in the team’s 4-6 start.

Anthony missed 10 of 11 shots in the Rockets’ 98-80 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday night. He is averaging 13.4 points on 40 percent shooting this season.

A year ago, Anthony had his poorest offensive season in the NBA for the Thunder, who traded him to Atlanta in the summer.

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