Carmelo Anthony may be a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he was extremely close to being traded to two other teams earlier this offseason.
Finally able to speak out and provide some clarity on his confusing summer, Anthony explained how he thought he was going to either the Houston Rockets or the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"A deal was done with Houston early, then for some reason, whatever happened behind the scenes, it didn't go through," Anthony told SiriusXM Radio on Thursday. "It fell through, then we had to really start paying attention and thinking about other options."
While he didn’t reveal which players were involved and perhaps he doesn't know, it was obvious that Anthony had a strong interest in going to Houston, most likely due to the high-octane offense under Mike D’Antoni, spearheaded by James Harden and Melo’s close friend Chris Paul.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski had previously reported that the Rockets wanted to get rid of Ryan Anderson's massive contract, but the Knicks were unwilling to take it, thus requiring a third team to get involved. That third team never ended up appearing.
But, the major surprise came when Anthony revealed that both he and new teammate Paul George were close to becoming teammates on another squad.
"Actually, it was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night," Anthony revealed. "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 [offseason]. We never even talked about OKC, though.”
Once again, no specifics were given, but a blockbuster three-or-more team deal would have been required to make that work. Kyrie Irving and/or Kevin Love could have very well been a part of that proposal and the entire landscape of the Eastern Conference would have looked much different.
Overall, Anthony seems to be very happy that he ended up in Oklahoma City and is ready to chase his first ring.
"My motivation is just different now. I kind of lost that motivation a little bit in New York. But I was still able to go out there and play and get through it," Anthony admitted. "... From an individual standpoint I feel born again, feel rebirth, a different type of energy within myself, around the guys, around the organization, around the city. You can feel it.”