Carmelo Anthony had some big plans to form a super team in Houston before he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Melo had an elaborate plan to play with several of his superstar friends in Houston before the Knicks-Rockets trade fell apart.
Anthony, along with most of the rest of the NBA, said in September that he strongly believed he’d be traded to Houston in early July
He’d been talking to friends about teaming up with Chris Paul and, eventually, LeBron James in Houston and how the Rockets could match up with the defending champion Golden State Warriors. He went as far as to detail individual matchups between that hypothetical Rockets team and the Warriors, surmising that he and the Rockets could take out the Warriors.
For most of the offseason, Anthony was confident that the Knicks and Rockets would get a deal together. But ultimately, nothing came to fruition. Anthony was stuck in New York until new president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry moved him to Oklahoma City shortly before training camp.
Unfortunately for Melo both his banana boat buddies, LeBron and Chris Paul, are both striving with their teams this season and he’s stuck out in Oklahoma City with a struggling team that has yet to find its identity.