The Cleveland Cavaliers are not content with leaving well enough alone. The Cavaliers are leading the Eastern Conference by three games with a (38-14) record. However, the Cavaliers are in talks with the Boston Celtics, and New York Knicks about a mega deal, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Two of the main attractions in the deal are Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony. Although Isola admits Anthony is committed to the Knicks, the allure of playing with LeBron James could be enough to waive his no trade clause. According to Bleacher Report, James denied rumors of any trade negotiations. He told Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com that the Love deal “is false.” However, James didn’t know about the David Blatt firing either.
Despite getting rid of head coach Blatt, Love’s situation with the Cavaliers still hasn’t been solidified. Love would be shipped to the Celtics, while the Cavaliers would move Timofey Mozgov back to the Knicks. Remember, Mozgov began his career with the Knicks, prior to being included in the deal to bring Anthony over from Denver.
The Knicks would also receive much-needed draft picks from the Celtics. They have an abundance of assets in the future, so they can make plenty of moves across the board. Right now, the Celtics are coming on strong, so it would be interesting to see the Cavaliers give them Love, while revamping their entire front court.
Conveniently, the NBA is participating in their All Star break, so James and Anthony can have face to face conversations about any potential deal. The trade deadline is next Thursday. Meaning, Anthony may have played his last game with the Knicks if the deal goes through. Still, Anthony seems happy with the Knicks, despite their recent slide in the standings.
Anthony talked about not having a star teammate on Friday, but he has a star teammate in the making. Kristaps Porzingis is the real deal, and the duo has been formidable at times. It’s one of the reasons why the Knicks would be interested in collecting assets from the Celtics.
As for Love, he’s always had trouble fitting in with the offense. Playing third fiddle behind James and Kyrie Irving, Love has had moments where he disappeared from the offense. In addition, he’s been chastised for his defensive ability with the Cavaliers. Still, things seemed to get better with the coaching change. So, why would Cleveland make a trade?
They feel more comfortable with Tristan Thompson in the lineup. During Love’s absence in the playoffs, Thompson was an offensive rebounding machine, and played his best basketball of his NBA career.
It’s the real reason why Love continues to be expendable.