INDEPENDENCE: Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, new teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder, both nearly joined the Cavaliers in a draft night trade, Anthony said during an interview with SiriusXM Radio Thursday.

“Actually, it was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night,” Anthony told SiriusXM, per ESPN’s Ian Begley. “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 [offseason]. We never even talked about OKC, though.”

Ex-New York Knick Anthony said there were agreed-to trades that first would have sent him to the Houston Rockets, then the Cavs.

“A deal was done with Houston early, then for some reason, whatever happened behind the scenes, it didn’t go through,” Anthony told SiriusXM. “It fell through, then we had to really start paying attention and thinking about other options.”

It has been reported that a three-team deal was also on the table that would have sent the Cavs’ Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets and George to the Cavs, but Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchett scuttled the agreement at the last minute.

The Knicks instead sent Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday after Anthony waived his no-trade clause and trade kicker. The Thunder traded for the Pacers’ George on June 30, the eve of the start of free agency.

The NBA draft was June 22, and George had informed the Pacers that he would not be staying in Indianapolis past the final year of his contract this season. The Cavs were among the teams the Pacers contacted as a potential trade partner for what would be a one-year rental.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and General Manager David Griffin parted ways on June 19, but Griffin worked through the end of his contract on June 30.

James idle

LeBron James missed practice Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic Courts after turning his left ankle during Wednesday’s evening session. X-rays were negative, and James is considered day-to-day.

Reunion toast

Wednesday night marked the first practice with newly signed guard Dwyane Wade, one of James’ best friends. Afterward the two were seen via Wade’s Snapchat eating and drinking wine together, with J.R. Smith saying the two got together at James’ home.

Wade was not with the team Thursday as he attended to personal business. He will be introduced to the media Friday at approximately 12:30 p.m.

First practice

Asked his impressions of Wade from Wednesday night’s session, Smith said: “Unfortunately he wasn’t on my team, so I didn’t really get to play alongside him. Seeing him out there in practice the way he moves and his IQ for the game is going to help tremendously, especially for myself.

“Even though this is my 14th year and this is his 15th, there’s so much basketball that he’s seen that I haven’t and so many areas that he can help myself and everybody else with. So I’m excited.”

Smith said coach Tyronn Lue had the players rotate during a makeshift scrimmage.

“[Wade] wasn’t on ’Bron’s team. It went vice versa, actually. Sometimes we switched jerseys, sometimes we didn’t, depending on whatever coaches wanted,” Smith said. “Unfortunately my team lost, so it wasn’t a good day for us.”

No grudge

Smith was wearing a dark gray pair of Kyrie Irving 3 iD basketball shoes at practice. Irving’s trade demand and subsequent departure left Smith unfazed, at least in his footwear choice.

“They’re comfortable and they work, so why would they be off-limits?” Smith said. “I’m too old to be doing that childish stuff.”

Guard Kyle Korver switched to an Irving shoe in March when dealing with an inflamed tendon in his left foot.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com.