Knicks’ Carmelo-For-Love Pitch Rebuffed By Cavs

The Knicks have made an effort to engage the Cavaliers in trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love, according to Marc Stein and Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. However, according to Stein and Haynes, those efforts were rebuffed by the Cavs.

Anthony has been the subject of much trade speculation recently, despite the fact that he’s one of three players in the NBA with a formal no-trade clause included in his contract. Although the nine-time All-Star has been adamant that he prefers to stay with the Knicks, he has conceded that if the franchise engages in a rebuild and wants to move him, he’d have to consider waiving his no-trade clause.

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The Cavaliers are viewed as one of the teams that would make Anthony seriously consider approving a trade, given his desire to win a title and his long-standing friendship with LeBron James. Anthony was asked today for his thoughts on James’ desire for the Cavs to add a “playmaker” and suggested that he and the reigning Finals MVP wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of playing on the same team at some point, though he doesn’t expect it to happen this year.

“You ask me a question: Do I think he would want me to play with him? Yes. I do think he would want me to play with him. I don’t think he wouldn’t,” Anthony said, per Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “But I don’t know if that comment is about me. I don’t think I’m the only playmaker in the NBA.”

Of course, even if the Knicks and Anthony were on board with the idea of a trade to Cleveland, they’d need the Cavs to cooperate, and there’s no indication that the defending champs have any desire to part with Love, who played a major role in securing that title for the franchise.

While the former Wolves star hasn’t always been a perfect fit in Cleveland, Love is enjoying his best season as a Cavalier, with 20.5 PPG and 10.9 RPG to go along with a 37.4% rate on three-point attempts. Those are the best marks he has posted in each category since he was sent from Minnesota to Cleveland in 2014.

In addition to being unwilling to part with Love, the Cavs don’t appear overly interested in acquiring Anthony, who will turn 33 this spring and has one of the NBA’s largest cap hits. Carmelo’s deal, which currently pays him about $24.56MM this season and runs through 2018/19, would become even more expensive if he’s dealt, since it features a 15% trade kicker. Cleveland already has the league’s highest payroll ($127MM+) and projected tax bill ($27MM+), so the team figures to focus on less expensive targets.

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16 thoughts on “Knicks’ Carmelo-For-Love Pitch Rebuffed By Cavs

  1. Cleveland laughed at this last year (when it was Boston’s proposal and somehow they ended up with Love). Last year Melo was playing better and they were having trouble integrating Love into their offense. Unless there are other significant assets involved, this had to take them all of 5 seconds to respond.

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  2. Reflect

    Id probably rather have Melo than K-Love, BUT… if I’m a serious contender for a championship, now is not the time to make that kind of swap. It can take many months for Melo to get integrated into a new system, or for the team to get used to Melo.

    So I understand why Cavs said no.

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  3. So you have a unicorn who’s a stretch big and apparently you want to trade your other star to land yet another stretch big. What kind of logic is this?

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  4. If they elect to move Love, and there is some rationality to it, then they have a large market they can explore. Due to his age, skill set and contract, he’d be attractive to almost any team (from rebuilding to win-now). No need to rush.

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  5. thedude

    Man that would be worse than the time the bucks traded Dirk for a tractor

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  6. Z-A

    [bench] playmaker how hard is it to insert that journalists insert words all the time for interviews

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  7. LGBT Raven Lover

    No one is surprised. Straight up, Love is better than Melo. He’s a team player, Melo is not. He can win, Melo cannot. Good move by Cavs. You don’t repeat by getting worse

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  8. Strauss

    Nice try Phil. Why don’t you send him to the Bulls for Butler? HAHAHAHA. Paxon would go for it. He’s stupid enough!!!

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  9. Interesting that the Knicks are looking to move Melo, didn’t they come out a couple weeks ago saying he wasn’t on the block? Well you’re not going to get much for Melo, probably a couple young guys and mid first round pick is the most you’ll get. Contenders can’t pick up his salary nor do they welcome his style of play. I think Melo is still a very good player, but he’s not worth Kevin Love or any other star player in this league. That being said, OKC, Houston, Toronto, Washington, and even Boston should take a long look at him.

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  10. It Phil Jackson that trying to get carmelo Anthony out of New York.

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  11. Djones246890

    Would be a tremendously stupid trade on Cleveland’s part. They have already proven they can win with Love. Plus, he’s much younger. Melo is entering the twilight of his career. He’s just a guy that’ll give you 22 points per game, and will do absolutely nothing else.

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  12. Louis Hoggard

    I think a straight up deal of Melo for the Celtics #1 pick (from Brooklyn which would be the #1 overall pick), a 2018 or 2019 1st rnd pick and one young player like Jaylen Brown would be a fair deal

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