LeBron James reportedly pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to bring Carmelo Anthony to their team, even if it came at the cost of trading Kevin Love. After a 140-135 overtime win over the Washington Wizards, “The King” gave his comments about the rumors.
“It’s trash,” James said of the report. “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.”
The New York Knicks are actively finding a new home for Carmelo Anthony and offered him to several teams, including the Cavaliers. Anthony and James are close friends and both allegedly planned to team up in the future. However, the Cavaliers rejected the deal involving Anthony as the Knicks reportedly want Kevin Love.
The Cavaliers really want to create their own “Big 4” to match the Warriors’ “Super Team”. A starting lineup consisting of Love, James, Anthony, and Irving could be considered the best in the league. Unfortunately, with the Knicks’ demand, the scenario is unlikely to happen in Cleveland.
Cavs want Carmelo Anthony but not willing to trade Kevin Love
Recently, Frank Isola of New York Daily News reported that LeBron James is pushing for the Anthony-Love trade despite opposition from their front office. After acquiring Kyle Korver, James urged the Cavaliers to continue upgrading their roster. They held a free agent workout in search of a playmaker and it’s possible that James is seriously considering having Anthony on the team.
However, after the news spread, LeBron James quickly denied the report and called it a thrash. Kevin Love is currently playing his best season in Cleveland. Despite the rumors, he continues to show impressive performance, proven by his 39 points, and 12 rebounds in their win against the Wizards.
Anthony will be a good addition in Cleveland but trading Love in exchange for him would be a bad idea. Love is obviously a better rebounder and defender than Anthony. Also, the Knicks star plays the same position as LeBron James. Although, his presence will help the Cavaliers play more efficient small-ball strategy. However, chemistry will be a major issue once the trade happens.
ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne revealed that the Cavaliers maintain an interest in Anthony. However, they are only proceeding with the deal if they can get Anthony without sacrificing Kevin Love.
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