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Newly acquired Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony said he thought a trade to the Houston Rockets was finalized in early July and was perplexed as to why it fell through while he was still with the New York Knicks.
Anthony said in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio on Wednesday that “a deal was done with Houston. Then for some reason — whatever happened behind the scenes — it didn’t go through.”
“It fell through, then we had to really start paying attention and thinking about other options,” Anthony said in the interview. The All-Star forward later provided the Knicks with an expanded list of teams for which he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause. Those teams included the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thunder.
“I felt like I was going to be back in training camp and I would show up to media day in New York. Me and my team sat down and was like, ‘Man, we best prepare for going back to media day 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.’ I don’t think it would have been beneficial for me to come back to media day (in New York) 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…