Carmelo for Love trade unlikely but not far fetched


USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt discusses the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.


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.

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But Anthony acknowledged another loss, another less-than-supportive home crowd and constant trade questions…

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