Rockets players expressed their content that former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally got his trade request granted in the offseason even though it wasn't to Houston.
Anthony had previously expressed his desire to only waive his no-trade clause to the Rockets to join James Harden and Chris Paul, however the Knicks told other teams around the league that Houston didn't have assets that appealed to them.
Instead, Anthony added the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder to his list of teams he would accept a trade to, and New York dealt him to Oklahoma City to partner in late September in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.
"I sorta felt like he would be traded," Paul said, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "I actually hoped he would to give him peace of mind so he could be happy. And I think he's happy now."
Anthony played pick-up basketball with several NBA players, including Harden and Paul, throughout the summer, something Paul said they do "every summer." Instead of playing alongside them, Anthony joins Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
"They have three great players," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said, according to Isola.
D'Antoni told Isola he would have enjoyed the possibility of reuniting with Anthony again after their time in New York together, however the Rockets will enter the 2017-18 season with a starting five of Paul, Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela.
"There was a lot of speculation throughout the entire summer and it was kind of getting annoying," Harden said. "But I'm happy that everyone is settled in. Melo is in OKC and seems to be happy."