Paul George acknowledges that playing with Carmelo Anthony "just didn't work"

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Carmelo Anthony is expected to soon become a Houston Rockets player after his unsuccessful stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder came to an end.

The veteran was recently traded to the Atlanta Hawks but will receive a buyout to become a free agent.

OKC had high hopes that a big three of Melo, Russell Westbrook and Paul George would see them contend for a championship last year.

But that experiment failed as they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs following a rollercoaster regular season.

Unfamiliar role

Anthony had to be the third option on the team and he struggled to adapt to that role after spending the majority of his career being the go-to guy.

He averaged a career-low 16.2 points and shot just 40 percent from the field in a Thunder uniform.

Both the 34-year-old and the franchise accepted that it wasn't a good fit and agreed to part ways this summer.

With the small forward now officially departing, George looked back on the campaign he spent alongside him and acknowledged that it simply didn't work out as they wanted.

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“As much as I loved playing with Melo and having Melo alongside us, I understand the decision of both sides,” George said, per Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports. “It just didn’t work. It didn’t work.”

In a recent interview with ESPN's Jemele Hill, Anthony opened up about his time in Oklahoma City and said the timing was one of the big reasons why things didn't go according to plan.

"At the end of the day, it wasn't a good fit," he said. "I think last year -- and I haven't talked about this before -- everything was just so rushed, going to the team for media day and the day before training camp.

"Them guys already had something in place, and then I come along in the 25th hour like, oh s---, Melo just come on and join us. Like, you can figure it out since you've been around the game for a long time.

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"That's why it was so inconsistent. At times, I had to figure it out on my own rather than somebody over there or people over there helping me."

The 10-time All-Star will now hope to have better success in Houston playing with close friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden.

He's likely to be the third wheel on that team too but it could be a better fit because of their offensive style.

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