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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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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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