Yesterday, a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News indicated that LeBron James wanted to trade Kevin Love to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.
According to James - as well as Love and coach Tyronn Lue - that report is ‘trash’.
"It's trash," James said when asked about the report, per ESPN. "And the guy who wrote it is trash too, for writing that, especially during the game like that. So it's always about outside noise, and that's just outside noise for us. We got to focus on what needs to be done and that's to continue to compete for a championship. And we got who we got. Our GM will do a great job of figuring out if we need something else, but right now we're in a good place."
Cavaliers' LeBron James on Kevin Love for Carmelo Anthony trade rumor w/ Knicks: "It's trash" pic.twitter.com/86AK8SgiB8— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 7, 2017
Lue, in his post game comments, said that Love ‘wasn’t going anywhere’, per ESPN.
"We're going to trade him tonight," Lue said, per ESPN. "39 and 12, we're going to trade him right now. C'mon man."
For his part Love quoted Winston Churchill and then took to Instagram to further shoot down the report.
"What do they say?" Love per ESPN. "'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on.' So, it's a lie.
"You know, if Bron is having any problem with me. I mean, it's just not true. It's almost laughable. I'm on this team. I'm going to be on this team. And we want to win with the guys that we have."
In ESPN’s article on the Cavs shooting down the rumors, it was noted that the Cavs and Knicks haven’t talked about a Love-Anthony swap since the original call. Reports have indicated that the Knicks are still pursuing a deal, but as last night further showed, the Cavs don’t have interest in making that deal.