The NBA trade rumors of 2016 gained some serious heat on Friday when reports hit of a potential deal that would send New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the Cleveland Cavaliers. New York Daily News reported on the rumored trade on Feb. 12, indicating that it would involve forward Kevin Love possibly heading to the Boston Celtics as part of the deal. However, with “Melo” currently attending various media events during NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the star forward has said he isn’t planning to go anywhere and that winning a championship is his main priority.
The ABC7 NY site reported on Feb. 13 that Anthony told Sirius XM NBA Radio, “I’m not going anywhere,” adding “I want to win a championship. At this point in my career, that’s the only thing that I really care about,” he said. “But I’m not, I mean, there’s nothing out there for me right now. … I’m not even entertaining no trade talk right now.” Carmelo currently has a no-trade clause in his contract and has continually reiterated that he doesn’t plan to waive the clause before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The 31-year-old also noted that there’s always rumors when someone plays in New York, often known as a highly-scrutinized sports region by the media.
The rumored deal that NY Daily News reported on this past Friday would involve Kevin Love heading to the Boston Celtics and the NY Knicks getting some players and draft picks as part of the deal, including center Timofey Mozgov. Anthony would then become part of a new “Big 3” in Cleveland, joining his buddy LeBron James and point guard Kyrie Irving to form another potent lineup. If any sort of move was made involving Anthony, it would clearly be a part of a plan to refocus the team’s success on their emerging young talent, Kristaps Porzingis. He currently averages just about 14 points a game, 7.7 rebounds and nearly two blocks per contest.
The New York Knicks currently are 23-32 as the NBA has moved past its midway point to the All-Star break. As of right now, they are about six games or so out of contention for a playoff spot, with the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons all above them in the chase for the No. 8 spot, currently held by the 27-26 Charlotte Hornets. Based on the fact that the Pacers and Bulls are the No. 6 and 7 seeds with 25 losses each, it’s conceivable that the bottom part of the East playoff spots could become an interesting battle as the season winds down. It remains to be seen if they fail to reach the playoffs whether Carmelo Anthony will be able to stick around with the Knicks for future attempts.