THE Cleveland Cavaliers remain willing to trade for Carmelo Anthony, as long as they can keep Kevin Love.
With a few weeks left before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, the New York Knicks have not yet given up in their pursuit for Love, according to an ESPN report.
Sources within the Cavaliers camp said the team remains interested in Anthony and finds it intriguing to combine the nine-time NBA All-Star alongside Cavs star and close friend LeBron James.
One caveat though: the defending champions are only willing to enter a deal if Love isn’t included in the package.
ESPN broke the story last week that Cleveland dismissed New York’s proposal for an Anthony-for-Love trade. The Knicks have also continued to engage in negotiations with the LA Clippers and Boston Celtics, as team officials believe these are among the destinations Anthony would be willing to waive off his no-trade clause. New York has even been looking for other trade partners to get the deal done.
Speaking to reporters last Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), Anthony reiterated that he hasn't told the Knicks of any preferred teams where he wants to end up.
"I haven't told anybody anything," Anthony said. "I haven't had that conversation with anybody."
Sources said the Clippers are interested in the 32-year old forward but are not willing to include Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in any trade. The Knicks, on the other hand, are unwilling to take on Jamal Crawford’s remaining two-year contract worth $28 million.
Anthony also insisted that he prefers to stay in New York for his nine-year old son.
"That's more what I care about - my family," Anthony said. "My son being comfortable at an age now where he's really getting an opportunity to understand being in New York and having a home there and having friends there. My wife working there and having her opportunities there ... I think about that more so than my decision for my career.”
Asked what it would take for him to waive his no-trade clause, Anthony admitted he was still unsure.
"I don't know. It's something I would have to think about. I think it's more so what direction the organization wants to go. I've said this before: If they feel like they want to go in a different direction, rebuild and start fresh, then that's something I will consider. I've always said that."