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LeBron James denies Carmelo Anthony for Kevin Love trade report, calls reporter 'trash'

LeBron James denies Carmelo Anthony for Kevin Love trade report, calls reporter 'trash'

LeBron James has shown he's not afraid to call out folks in the media. Last week, he slammed TNT's Charles Barkley for criticizing him, and now he's coming after a reporter who wrote that the Cavaliers star has been pushing a trade for Carmelo Anthony.

New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola wrote that James wants Anthony in Cleveland, even if it takes shipping Kevin Love to the Knicks. From his story this evening:

"According to a league source, LeBron is the one pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to acquire Carmelo even if it potentially means having to include Kevin Love, which is something Cavs management is opposed to doing." 

Word of the explosive report began to circulate just before the Cavaliers took the floor against Wizards in a nationally televised game Monday night. 

Fans in the Verizon Center crowd seemed aware of the report as well, heckling Love at the free throw line about James wanting to trade him. 

The Cavaliers were clearly riled up as they spoke to the media after the overtime victory. Coach Tyronn Lue addressed the elephant in the room first. 

"If you've been around me a long time, I hate sources. Just say who you are," he demanded. As for the origin of those rumors, he strongly insinuated they were coming from the Knicks. 

"Just because a team wants you and they ask about you, they want you to be on their team. That doesn't mean we want to trade you," Lue said. "Not coming from our end, but Kevin should be happy that teams want him. But he's not going anywhere."

James was more forceful, and hostile, in his refutation of the report.

"I saw it and heard about it. It's trash. And the guy who wrote it is trash, too, for writing that, especially during the game like that."

He also confirmed that he hadn't seen the rumor until after the game. 

MORE WIZARDS: Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Cavs to snap home winning streak

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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