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Carmelo Anthony on Celtics trade rumor: 'Melo hasn't said anything yet'

Carmelo Anthony on Celtics trade rumor: 'Melo hasn't said anything yet'

With his Knicks reeling at a disappointing 21-28 this season, superstar Carmelo Anthony has once again found himself in the center of trade rumors. The Cavaliers and Clippers had already been thrown out there, and on Monday his name was linked to the Celtics by the Boston Globe.

Anthony responded to those rumors on Tuesday morning at the Verizon Center as the Knicks participated in shootaround ahead of their matchup with the Wizards (6:30 p.m. on CSN). He laughed off the latest report and said it is just all part of the deal.

"I'm gonna have the same answer. No answer. I don't really know what to say about that and how to say it. It's not something I'm thinking about," he said.

"I hear the new report every day. Every day it's a new team. Every day it's 'Melo said this, Melo said that.' But Melo hasn't said anything yet. That's what I will say. Melo hasn't said anything."

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Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to allow any trade and The Globe report asserts that he would do so to join the Celtics. Anthony reiterated on Tuesday that he would allow a trade if the Knicks decided to hit the reset button.

"That's something I would have to think about. I think it's more so about the direction the organization wants to go," he said. "Like I've said before, if they want to go into a different direction and kind of rebuild and start fresh, then that's something I would consider. I've always said that since Day 1."

Anthony said he has not been having consistent conversations with the Knicks front office and that part of his decision would involve his wife and son, who are both comfortable living in New York. But the chance to join a winning team and one with one of his friends around the league, like LeBron James for instance, would be enticing.

"I've got some close friends on a lot of different teams," he said. "Those considerations are what we always think about as athletes. We always talk about from high school and college. These our conversations that we had years before any of this ever came up."

Anthony, 32, is averaging 23.1 points and 6.1 rebounds this season for the Knicks in his 15th year in the NBA.

[RELATED: Report: Carmelo Anthony would allow trade to join East power]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is here with the annual showcase set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

ROSTERS

TEAM LEBRON:

Coach: Dwane Casey, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Goran Dragic, Heat
Andre Drummond, Pistons
Paul George, Thunder
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kemba Walker, Hornets

TEAM STEPHEN:

Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Rockets
Stephen Curry, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets
Joel Embiid, 76ers
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Al Horford, Celtics
Damian Lillard, Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

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Three things to watch...

New format

The NBA switched it up this season by doing away with the traditional matchup between the East and West. The teams were instead chosen by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the two top vote-getters in All-Star fan voting. The idea was to breath new life into the All-Star Game and hopefully make it more competitive. The league also installed a system where the winners each get $100,000, $75,000 more than the losing team. 

All pro sports leagues struggle drawing interest with their All-Star showcases. They are always trying to get ratings up and this is the latest ploy by the NBA. The new format is definitely intriguing, but whether it will have a major impact on the competition itself is hard to tell. We'll see how the fans respond.

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Reunion time

The teams picked by James and Curry will give fans some throwback combinations with former teammates back together again. Team LeBron is full of them. James will reunite with Kyrie Irving, who essentially forced his way out of Cleveland over the summer after the two combined to reach three straight NBA Finals and win one title.

We will also see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play together again. They of course teamed up to win a lot of games with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Durant signed with the Warriors. Westbrook will also be reunited with Victor Oladipo, who was traded from OKC to the Pacers over the summer.

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Beal's All-Star debut

Wizards fans will of course be focused on Bradley Beal, who is making his first All-Star appearance. He is Washington's lone representative, as John Wall is still recovering from left knee surgery.

Beal may not get many minutes on a stacked roster of guys who have been in the game before. If that happens, it's probably for the best. Beal is currently fifth in the NBA in total minutes played. He needs the rest if he can get it.

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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