NBARumor: Carmelo Anthony wanted Banana Boat squad in Houston before Thunder tradeby Alex VejarDecember 21, 2017Carmelo Anthony The Carmelo Anthony saga played out like a soap opera in the days and weeks before the was traded to Oklahoma City. So far, Anthony is slowly finding his way with the Thunder. But according to reports, Anthony may have wanted to find his way with another. Before Anthony was ultimately traded in the summer, he had several conversations about possibly ending up with some other star players, per Ian Begley of ESPN. 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.