Carmelo Anthony and Paul George both start the 2017-18 season with new squads this fall. They happen to have landed on the same team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. The moves came months apart, with George headed to the Thunder at the NBA Draft in June and Anthony finally leaving the New York Knicks shortly before Knicks media day earlier this week.
A Russell Westbrook/George/Anthony combination sets up a fascinating experiment on the Thunder, who may now feel they can compete against the growing competition in the NBA’s Western Conference. But just as Anthony said he could have been on the Houston Rockets if a trade didn’t fall through, the former Knick also said a trade involving George almost happened for an Eastern Conference team.
Anthony gave an interview to Sirius XM radio on Thursday and revealed there were talks of a megatrade that brought both Anthony and George to the Cleveland Cavaliers. As reported by ESPN’s Ian Begley, Anthony revealed there were talks to get both players on LeBron James’ squad but that talks fell through at the last minute.