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ESPN is reporting that the Knicks attempted to engage the Cavs in Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Love trade talks, but the Cavs declined. LeBron James has been very vocal about his squads need for a playmaker, and just last week it was reported that Melo told Phil Jackson he wants to remain in New York. Anthony had also reportedly made it clear that he’d only waive his trade clause if he were to be traded to the Cavs or Clippers. Via ESPN:
The Knicks have been unsuccessful in their attempts to engage the Cavaliers in Carmelo Anthony-for-Kevin Love trade talks in advance of the league’s Feb. 23 trade deadline, ESPN.com has learned.
League sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that the Knicks have approached the Cavaliers to gauge their interest in swapping All-Star forwards, but they were told that Cleveland is not interested in such an exchange.
The Knicks, sources said, would have gone to Anthony to discuss waiving his no-trade clause had Cleveland shown interest in the deal. Anthony is one of only three NBA players with a full-no trade clause in his contract, alongside Cleveland’s LeBron James and the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki.