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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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2020 NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

2020 NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

Just beyond midway through the NBA season, the NBA trade deadline has come into view. Several teams will get the opportunity to go all-in on this season while others will have the opportunity to sell-off assets and re-tool for the future. 

With this NBA season as open as ever, this could be the lone chance for a team to attempt to make a push. 

The Miami Heat are all of a sudden contenders and maybe one or two pieces away from playing late into the playoffs. While they have a decent group of young players, their immediate future could be in question. They're not the only ones as the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets are competing for the top spots in the Western Conference as well. 

On the flip side, there are teams with big contracts not going anywhere. Kevin Love, paired with his discontent in Cleveland, is likely on the market. Andre Drummond is one of the most dominant post players in the game, but he is making $27 million on a team that is not making the playoffs and are aging quickly. And there is Andre Iguodala sitting in Memphis, doing nothing. 

Every year the NBA Trade Deadline never fails to disappoint. More often than not, it doesn't push a team over the edge to a championship, but it sure is fun for the rest of us. 

This year, the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

NBA Deadline Tracker: 

Jan. 21 - After initially be open to several trade options, the Pelicans have "pulled back in their trade talks among all of their players." New Orleans is waiting to see how Zion Williamson bolsters their team that is still in the playoff picture, according to Adrian Wojnarowski

Jan. 20 - The Lakers and 76ers have expressed interest in trading for current Detroit Piston and former league MVP Derrick Rose, Chris Haynes reports.

Jan. 18 - The Portland Trail Blazers trade Kent Bazemore, Anthony  Tolliver and two second-round draft picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jan. 16 - Moving Jeff Teague may have been the first domino for the Timberwolves. Minnesota is now trying to acquire D'Angelo Russell from the Warriors to fill in his space, according to The Athletic.

Jan. 16 - Jeff Teague is leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves after being traded to the Atlanta Hawks. He and Treveon Graham head to Atlanta as Allen Crabbe goes to Minnesota, according to Adrian Wojnarowski

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Emma Meesseman posts an incredibly efficient game in the Euroleague, scoring 20 points in 21 minutes

Emma Meesseman posts an incredibly efficient game in the Euroleague, scoring 20 points in 21 minutes

Emma Meesseman is a walking bucket. She proved it in the WNBA Finals and is continuing to score in bunches in the EuroLeague. 

Playing for UMMC Ekaterinburg, Meesseman went off again. Shooting an incredible 9-for-11 from the field (82%), she posted 20 points in 21 minutes during their win over ZVVZ USK Praha.

Just take a glimpse of Meesseman's highlights from that game. She got her shot to go from every corner of the court. 

The win moved UMMC Ekaterinburg (10-1) to the top of Pool A of the EuroLeague and Meesseman has been a huge part of it. Throughout the season, she's averaged 15 points, shooting 67% from the field and 64% from 3-point range. 

Meesseman just recently won the WNBA Finals MVP award for the Washington Mystics last season. In the WNBA Finals, she posted nearly 18 points a game coming off the bench to lead the team. 

Other WNBA stars Courtney Vandersloot, Brittney Griner and Jonquel Jones also play with Meesseman on the same team.