All of this is just so embarrassing for the Knicks, who for whatever reason just can’t seem to have a boring, dignified losing season like so many other teams. Oh no, this has to turn into open discord between their best player and the man running the shots, as a series of leaks have revealed that the Knicks have tried to move Carmelo Anthony to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Love—and were rebuffed. You can say a lot of things about the Knicks, but not that they’re ever off-brand.
ESPN reports that the Knicks approached Cleveland about an Anthony-for-Love deal, and were prepared to try to convince Melo to waive his no-trade clause —one of only three full NTCs in the NBA, along with Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James—if the Cavs were interested. They were not interested. Why would they be? Love was a big part of the Cavaliers’ title last year and has been even better this season. He’s four years younger than Melo. And Anthony does not offer what LeBron is so publicly demanding—a big man and a backup point guard to take the weight off of Kyrie Irving.