Carmelo Anthony: Trades To Send Me And Paul George To Cavaliers Fell Through On Draft Night

Bryan Brandom
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The NBA landscape can drastically change more quickly than that of any other league in professional sports.

For a recent example of this, look no further than Carmelo Anthony. The New York Knicks just traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But back in June, he apparently thought he would be joining up with the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George elsewhere: on LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Actually, it was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night,” Anthony told SiriusXM Radio on Thursday. “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.”

At the time, the Cavs were connected to the Denver Nuggets and Pacers in a rumored three-way trade.

The deal reportedly would have sent Kevin Love to Denver, George to the Cavs, and talented young guard Gary Harris and Denver’s No. 13 overall pick to the Pacers—who instead ended with a laughable return for their All-Star wing.

Before trading him to the Thunder, the Knicks reportedly offered Melo to the Cavs in exchange for a package that included big man Tristan Thompson.

The Cavaliers aren’t the only team Melo almost ended up on—a week or two later, he was on the brink of joining the Houston Rockets.

“A deal was done with Houston early, then for some reason, whatever happened behind the scenes, it didn’t go through,” Anthony said. “It fell through, then we had to really start paying attention and thinking about other options.”

Something tells me Melo will get another chance to play with LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul later in his career.

 

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