Cavaliers Shoot Down Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony-for-Kevin Love Trade Offer

Bryan Brandom
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Almost a year ago, LeBron James announced a willingness to take a pay cut later in his career so he can play with his friends Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade.

Earlier this week, the star of the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers communicated the team's need for another playmaker to the front office through the media.

Apparently a trade for Anthony, the New York Knicks star, doesn't qualify—at least not if the asking price is All-Star power forward Kevin Love.

The Knicks reportedly offered Anthony in a trade for Love, but the Cavaliers turned it down. Knicks president Phil Jackson has shown a desire to move on from Anthony and build around young star Kristaps Porzingis, but the 2012-13 scoring champ is one of three players in the NBA with a full no-trade clause, so there are very few destinations he'd be open to.

"I really don't have a reaction to it. I mean, until management comes to me and says something, it's not something I can look forward to or feed into at this point," Anthony said after his team's loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Every indication points to Anthony's wanting to stay in New York for the rest of his contract, which runs through 2018-19, when the team has an early termination option.

Love is having his best season in a Cavs uniform, averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 32.1 minutes per game.

The potential move didn't appear to pique James' interest.

"We got 14 guys in here," James said after the Cavs lost to the Sacramento Kings in overtime, their sixth defeat in eight games. "We need to be ready every night, who we got in here. We got to play. We can't play fantasy basketball. We got who we got, and we got to go out and play."

After his comments earlier in the week, LeBron met with Cavs general manager David Griffin.

The GM took exception to the notion that the team is comfortable with their current roster.

“It was the most misguided comment that came out of any of this,” Griffin said. “It was the thing I think that was not wrought out of his frustration.”

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