USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt discusses the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
NEW YORK –
The next time the Cleveland Cavaliers play the New York Knicks is Feb. 23 — the same day as the NBA’s trade deadline — and what if Carmelo Anthony is in Cavs uniform and Kevin Love is in a Knicks uniform.
To make a move like that would require salary cap creativity, and while such a deal is unlikely, it’s not implausible or as far-fetched as one might think. And the topic isn’t going to disappear until either Anthony is dealt or the trade deadline passes.
Anthony — booed again at home in Madison Square Garden in Saturday’s loss to the Cavs — is growing frustrated with his situation in New York, which is one way he could be goaded into waiving his no-trade clause. Though, out of spite, stubbornness and a desire to remain in New York, he could stick it out while sticking it to Knicks President Phil Jackson.
But Anthony acknowledged another loss, another less-than-supportive home crowd and constant trade questions…