LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the first and third overall picks in the 2003 Draft, have been teammates for Team USA, but never in the NBA. If the latest blockbuster trade buzz proves legitimate, that could change before Thursday's NBA trading deadline.
According to the NY Daily News, trade discussions between the Cavaliers and Celtics would send Cleveland forward Kevin Love to Boston. Where the rumor goes from interesting to wow is with the Knicks as a third team and Anthony heading to Cleveland.
The Cavaliers haven't figured out an ideal way to use the potent Love alongside James and Kyrie Irving. The Celtics have a plethora of draft picks and interesting pieces, but no front line stars like Love. As for the Knicks, the report describes the discussion of Anthony to Cleveland as "very preliminary" in part because New York's top scorer would have to waive the no-trade clause in his contract.
Despite the presence of Anthony, 31, the Knicks (23-32) are likely to miss the playoffs for a third straight after posting a 1-9 record in their last 10 games. New York also fired coach Derek Fisher earlier in the week.
The Knicks would receive picks and players with Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov reportedly involved. Though first in the East, Cleveland appears a notch below West powers Golden State and San Antonio.
Anthony, speaking with reporters Friday in Toronto, site of the 2016 NBA All-Star game, said he has no plans to seek a trade. More from the NY Daily News:
However, when asked if he's thought about his future with a losing organization, Anthony gave a cryptic answer. “Not yet. I'm pretty sure I'll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team,” he said. “But it's not a conversation for right now.”
Rookie Kristaps Porzingis is a rising star, but not the proven high-end help Anthony desires.
“I think everybody kind of dreams and hopes that they can play with another great player, another star player. It's a star player's league,” Anthony said. “I think that's what we talk about when we all get together — 'I want to play with you, I want to play with you.' Even here different guys say, 'Come play with me, come play with me.' So that's always the mindset. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it don't. But I think everybody that's in my situation, that's in my position, they all want the load off especially the older they get. Because you realize you just can't do it all by yourself. Everybody knows that.”