Carmelo Anthony Was Close to Joining Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets

According to Carmelo Anthony, few trades had to go wrong in order for him to join the OKC.

Carmelo Anthony. Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

After settling down in Oklahoma City (at least for a year), Carmelo Anthony decided to speak for SiriusXM and reveal other possible trades that were discussed but never materialized. The first one involved him and his current teammate Paul George being joined in Cleveland.

Me and PG have a very close friendship,” Anthony said when asked about George. “Actually, it was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night. We were communicating about that. The deal was actually done and it got called off on draft night, so me and PG stayed connected throughout the course of the season.

Instead of being members of the Cavs, Melo and PG will now try to win it all with Russell Westbrook. Although this is the first time we are hearing about a trade involving both Melo and PG, there was plenty of rumors about Melo joining LeBron James in Cleveland. One of the reasons for why this didn’t happen is the fact that the Cavs didn’t want to part ways with Kevin Love.

Trade to Cleveland wasn’t the only Anthony discussed since he also mentioned that the trade sending him to the Houston Rockets was a “done deal” but also didn’t go through.

At first, a deal was done with Houston early,” Anthony explained. “Then for some reason, whatever happened behind the scenes, it didn’t go through, it didn’t fall through.

Houston was Melo’s preferred destination for a long time, and he was willing to waive his no-trade clause only for the Rockets. Despite mutual desire, the Rockets couldn’t find a way to get the deal done with the New York Knicks. The Rockets wanted to include Ryan Anderson’s 3 –year, $60 million deal and Knicks didn’t want to hear anything about it. Instead, they took Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott from the OKC.

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