With the All-Star break in full swing, rumors in the NBA include Kevin Love being dealt by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics in a three-way trade that will also send New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony to team up with LeBron James at Cleveland.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the “blockbuster deal” between the Knicks, Cavaliers and Celtics are currently being discussed by the management involve in the possible deal before the NBA’s trade deadline on Feb. 18.
“The Daily News has learned that the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered around Kevin Love. There were very preliminary discussions with the Knicks about expanding the deal to include Anthony, who would have to waive his no trade clause in order to facilitate a deal to the Cavs,” Isola said in his report.
“The Knicks would receive draft picks and players in return. One of those players is believed to be Timofey Mozgov, who five years ago was traded by the Knicks to Denver in the Anthony deal.”
In an interview this week, Anthony said that he remains committed to playing in New York.
“Not yet. I’m pretty sure I’ll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team. But it’s not a conversation for right now,” Anthony said via the same article.
Kevin Love recently re-injured the shoulder he suffered in last year’s playoffs but is expected to rejoin the Cavaliers after the All-Star break.
The Celtics does not have the asset to convince the Cavaliers for a straight up trade but involving the Knicks might convince the Cavs about a three-team deal. The Celtics have lots of assets including future first round picks, which is something the Knicks want for their future.
LeBron James considers Carmelo Anthony a good friend and they could form a new big three in Cleveland along with Kyrie Irving.
Earlier in the week, when the Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher, Knicks president Phil Jackson admitted that they will be aggressive in pursuing a trade before the deadline on Thursday to try to improve the team.
Jackson also added that only two players are considered untouchables in his team, namely rookie center Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony, who has a “no-trade clause” in his current contract.
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