Carmelo for Love trade unlikely but not far fetched

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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.

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

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