Report: LeBron James Is Pushing for Carmelo Anthony-for-Kevin Love Trade; LeBron: ‘It’s Trash’

Bryan Brandom
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On Monday, the New York Daily News shit-stirrer Frank Isola reported that a league source had indicated LeBron James is pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to include Kevin Love in a trade for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony:

According to a league source, LeBron is the one pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to acquire Carmelo even if it potentially means having to include Kevin Love in a deal, which is something Cavs management is opposed to doing.

But after the Cavs' thrilling overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night—in which Love was instrumental, scoring 39 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and throwing a pinpoint assist for James' overtime-forcing buzzer-beater—LeBron compared the report, and Isola himself, to garbage.

"It's trash," James said after the victory. "And the guy who wrote it is trash too, for writing that, especially during the game like that. So it's always about outside noise, and that's just outside noise for us. We got to focus on what needs to be done and that's to continue to compete for a championship. And we got who we got. Our GM will do a great job of figuring out if we need something else, but right now we're in a good place."

In shooting down the rumor, Love quoted former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill: "What do they say? 'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on.' So, it's a lie."

"You know, if Bron is having any problem with me," Love continued, before laughing. "I mean, it's just not true. It's almost laughable. I'm on this team. I'm going to be on this team. And we want to win with the guys that we have."

Head coach Tyronn Lue also got in on the rumor busting.

Knicks president Phil Jackson has been eager to move Anthony and start a rebuild around young star Kristaps Porzingis. The NBA trade deadline is February 23.

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