Report: LeBron Pushing Cavs To Trade For Melo Even If It Includes Kevin Love
EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING.
Late January, a report stated the New York Knicks wanted to trade star Carmelo Anthony to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kevin Love, but Cleveland was having none of it.
After refusing to unload Kevin Love for several weeks, LeBron is reportedly pushing the organization to get Melo at all costs. Even if that means losing Kevin Love, according to NY Daily News.
“According to a league source, LeBron is the one pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to acquire Carmelo even if it means trading Kevin Love, which is something Cavs management is opposed to doing. Jackson is hoping to move Anthony prior to the Feb. 23 trading deadline and one player the Knicks have targeted is Love, who had 23 points with 16 rebounds in Cleveland’s win over the Knicks last Saturday.
Any deal for Anthony would require the Knicks’ leading scorer to waive his no-trade clause and the consensus is that Anthony would agree to play for the defending champs and his long-time friend LeBron.
Whether LeBron has enough influence over the Cavs front office and owner Dan Gilbert to force a trade is unclear. ESPN reported last month that James is upset that management did not honor its commitment to find a suitable back-up point guard. The Cavs have since worked out several free agent point guards, including Mario Chalmers and Lance Stephenson.
A deal involving Carmelo is complicated because of Anthony’s salary. For the Cavs to acquire Anthony without including Love in the deal would require the Knicks to take back at least three role players in order to match salaries. And that’s something the Knicks may be reluctant to do, anyway.
The Cavs could look to recruit a third team but Cleveland is in no hurry to part with Love, an All-Star this season who is also younger than Anthony and serves a specific role on the team. And while Cleveland doesn’t want to alienate the NBA’s best player, the Cavs do have James under contract through the 2017-18 season.”
After the Warriors acquired Kevin Durant, it has been an all-out arms race to see who can get every great player in the league, as we get set for a potential Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals for a 3rd straight year.