The Cleveland Cavaliers nearly landed both of the new Oklahoma City Thunder star forwards: Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.
Earlier this off-season, when Anthony was still toiling in New York and George was working to get out of Indiana ahead of the final year of his deal, the Cavaliers were linked to both.
According to Anthony, Cleveland was working on a detail to bring in both superstars on the night of the NBA Draft.
During an interview with SiriusXM, Anthony said that the long rumored deal with the Houston Rockets fell through despite nearly being completed in July.
Carmelo Anthony tells @SiriusXMNBA that “a deal was done with Houston” in early July but that for “some reason…it didn’t go through.”
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 28, 2017
In the same interview, he also revealed that he and George believed that they were heading to Cleveland during the Draft, and were even texting one another about it.
From ESPN’s Ian Begley:
Carmelo Anthony said in a SiriusXM interview that there was a trade in place on the night of the NBA Draft that would have sent both he and Paul George to Cleveland: “Me and PG have a very close friendship. Actually, it was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night. 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 season.”
I, for one, would have loved to see how Cleveland would have figured out to play Anthony, George, and LeBron James together in the same five-man lineup. Instead, we’ll see how the two superstars fit in with Russell Westbrook.