The Cavaliers are interested in Carmelo Anthony, they just don’t want to give up Kevin Love.
That’s the latest out of Cleveland, as the Cavs and struggling Knicks continue to talk trade.
According to ESPN, the Cavs “do maintain an interest in Anthony — which would pair him with Cleveland star and close friend LeBron James — but only if a deal can be struck without the league’s reigning champions surrendering Love.”
Yeah, well good luck. Without Love, the Knicks would likely want a package centered on center Tristan Thompson. But then they’ll realize there’s nothing the Cavs could pair with Thompson to make it worth dealing Anthony … so the talk will always turn back to Love.
That’s usually when the Cavs hang up.
Anthony may be slightly past his prime, but remains a volume shooter and talented scorer. Love is a considerably better rebounder and passer, and perhaps even defender.
But some have suggested Anthony would be a better fit next to James and Kyrie Irving.
The Cavs, however, do not seem to agree — with the Feb. 23 trading deadline just a few weeks away. (Interestingly, the Cavs host the Knicks that day.)
They also visit the Knicks on Saturday. Love has missed the past two games with back spasms, but could return then.
Meanwhile, Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract. Many believe he’d be willing to waive it to give himself a real shot at a championship and play next to James.
“I don’t know,” Anthony told reporters when asked what it would take for him to waive his no-trade clause. “It’s something I would have to think about.
“I think it’s more so what direction the organization wants to go. I’ve said this before: If they feel like they want to go in a different direction, rebuild and start fresh, then that’s something I will consider. I’ve always said that.”
The Knicks are also said to be discussing potential trades centered on Anthony with the Celtics and Clippers.