According to a recent interview, Carmelo Anthony gave some insight on what went down when he thought he was being traded out. During his interview he said he was under the impression “a trade was in place” with the Cavs, but for some reason that trade “got called off.”
The rumor was that there was a plan was for Carmelo and Paul George to go to the Cavs team in what was a five team deal, but the entire deal fell through when no team wanted Kevin Love.
Then Carmelo said that his reps told him during the summer that “a deal was done” with Houston, but according the NBA sources, the Knicks are saying no deal was every done with Houston.
It’s said that Houston and his reps pressed for the Knicks to accept the deal that included Ryan Anderson, but the Knicks reneged and pulled out all together after the hiring of their new GM Scott Perry.
“I think it was within the last week, week and a half, before training camp,” Carmelo said. “A deal was done with Houston early, 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. But then believe it or not I felt like I was going to back in training camp, and I would show up to media day in New York.”
After that happened, Carmelo and his reps got together and spoke to the Knicks by phone about a new possible deal with the Thunders where the Knickes asked him if he was “OK” with the Thunders to be added to his “wish list” along with the Rockets.
“Me and my team sat down on Friday night and was like, ‘Man, we best prepare for going back to media day on Monday and training camp that week,’ ” Anthony said. “And then we got the call that said, ‘Would you open it up for 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 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 pulled out of the Rockets deal after they came to the conclusions that Ryan Anderson’s long-term contract (three years, $60 million) didn’t meet their rebuilding goals.
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