Carmelo Anthony longed for a trade to the Houston Rockets, and the New York Knicks almost made it happen, according to none other than Anthony himself.
“A deal was done with Houston early. Then for some reason, whatever happened behind the scenes, and it didn’t go through, it fell through,” Anthony told Sirius XM NBA Radio. “Then we had to really start paying attention and thinking about other options. But then believe it or not, I felt like I was going to be back in training camp and I would show up to media day in New York.”
Anthony was eventually traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder — another team to which he was also willing to waive a no-trade clause in his contract.
“Me and my team sat down on Friday night and were like, ‘Man, we best prepare for going back to (Knicks) Media Day on Monday and training camp that week.’ And then we got the call that said, ‘Would you open it up to OKC?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, at this point yeah,'” Anthony said.
“I don’t think it would have been beneficial for me to come back to Media Day after everything that was going on in the offseason. For me to have to deal with that it would have been unfair for the organization, the Knicks, to have to deal with that. It would have been too much noise, too many questions to answer and I don’t think either party wanted to deal with that.”
The Knicks also came close to a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers centered on Anthony.
Actually, according to Anthony, the Cavs could’ve ended up with both Anthony and Paul George — then a member of the Indiana Pacers and now a teammate of Anthony in OKC. But the deal fell apart
“My motivation is just different now. I kind of lost that motivation a little bit in New York,” Anthony said. “But I was still able to go out there and play. But when you’re teetering in that motivation, it’s hard to wake up in the morning. It’s hard to deal with that. So now I feel refreshed, I feel relieved. … I feel born again.”