Anthony bares nixed deal to team up with Paul George in Cleveland

  • Anthony bares nixed deal to team up with Paul George in Cleveland

Anthony bares nixed deal to team up with Paul George in Cleveland

Carmelo said that after the fallout from the previous deals he didn't think he'd end up leaving NY before the season started.

"Actually, it was amusing because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night", Anthony said as transcribed by ESPN. "Actually, it was amusing because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night".

Overall, Anthony seems to be very happy that he ended up in Oklahoma City and is ready to chase his first ring. The Cavaliers and Thunder will face each other twice during the regular season, the first game taking place at Quicken Loans Arena on January 20.

The Knicks travel to Oklahoma City on October 19 for each team's first game of the season.

Anthony was an All-Star in each of his seven seasons in NY and was the 2012-2013 National Basketball Association scoring champion. "We were communicating about that", Anthony said in the interview, as reported by ESPN's Ian Begley.

Anthony added that after this, he and the New York Knicks chose to look at other options.

Anthony said he agreed to the trade to the Thunder last weekend.

Then we got the call and they said, 'Would you open it up to OKC.' And I was like, 'Yeah.' At this point, yeah.

This is not the first time National Basketball Association fans heard about George and Anthony almost landing on the Cavaliers.

"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", Anthony told SiriusXM.

The Knicks and the Rockets had plenty of talks during the summer, with several stops and starts to the conversation - still unable to pull off a deal without a third partner to provide the young assets that NY sought in exchange. Phil Jackson made it clear that he wanted to trade Anthony this offseason when he was still the president, and the Knicks persisted with attempts to move the star forward following Jackson's departure. Paired up now with another player recently acquired in Paul George and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder look poised to make a solid run in the Western Conference this upcoming season which begins soon.