Bulls waive Carmelo Anthony, and trade for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
February 1, 2019
Updated 3:31 p.m. ET
The Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls era has come to a close, and it did not involve Melo actually wearing a Bulls uniform or stepping onto the court for the team during an NBA regular season game.
Anthony played zero minutes during his brief time with Chicago. The team waived him today.
This news does not come as a surprise. When the Rockets traded Melo to Chicago, multiple reports came out stating that the team had no intent on using him and would probably part ways with him shortly before the NBA trade deadline, which is this upcoming Thursday.
The waiving of Melo wasn't the only move Chicago made today. They also completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bulls sent a protected second-round pick of the 2020 NBA Draft to OKC, and in return received guard/forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash considerations.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Luwawu-Cabarrot is in his third NBA season in the NBA and has career averages of 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 14.9 minutes per game.
The Bulls roster is now at 17 players, including two players signed to Two-way contracts.
Earlier this season, Melo played 10 games (two starts) for the Rockets, and averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 29.4 minutes per game, on 40.5% shooting.
Last season, Melo scored 16.2 points per game in 78 games played for the Thunder, but also shot badly: 40.4% FG.
Will Melo's NBA career continue? In our opinion, the best thing for Melo to do now is agree to be a bench scorer who plays limited minutes, provides some instant offense, and accepts a lesser role. We'll see if that happens.