The Houston Rockets nearly traded for Carmelo Anthony during the 2017 offseason, but instead he went to the Oklahoma City Thunder for one season. Anthony eventually signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets before the 18-19 season.

One high-ranking source with the Rockets described Anthony's season with the Thunder as "clearly a humbling experience."

Anthony publicly dismissed the notion of coming off the bench when he joined the Thunder, but was at least accepting of it with the Rockets.

Chris Paul and James Harden recruited Anthony to the Rockets.