LEBRON James has denied a report that he has been lobbying for the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade for New Knicks forward and close friend Carmelo Anthony.
"It's trash, and the guy who wrote it is trash. too, for writing that, especially during the game like that," said James on Tuesday in response to a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
"It's always about outside noise and that's just outside noise for us."
According to Isola, James allegedly told the Cavs to acquire Anthony from New York in exchange for big man Kevin Love.
In response, Love led Cleveland with 39 points and 12 rebounds in Monday’s win against the Washington Wizards, after which Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue also issued a denial of the rumored trade.
Love also took to social media and posted a quote on Instagram: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on."
With the Feb. 23 trade deadline getting closer, the Knicks have stepped up their search for a trade for Anthony, with the Cavaliers, Clippers and Celtics as likely destinations for the nine-time All-Star.
James earlier voiced out his support for Anthony, wishing for his friend’s happiness regardless of where he ends up playing.
"I just want the best for my friend, no matter what it is," James told reporters last week. "If he's there in New York or if not, I just want the best for him. I want him to be happy."