CLEVELAND – Rumors of a Kevin Love-for-Carmelo Anthony trade between the Cavaliers and Knicks gained some traction today when Cleveland forward Kevin Love said he would be open to going to the Knicks in a deal.
“Getting traded is definitely not my preference,” stressed Love. “I like the team we have here right now that won the title last year, especially when you add Kyle Korver to the mix. That said, if we are now the kind of team that seriously considers trading for Carmelo Anthony, I’m happy to say my time is done here and move on to an organization that still wants to win.”
Love said that he considers Anthony a very talented player, but just feel their games would not mesh well on the same team.
“We’re both forwards, for one thing,” said Love. “But it’s more of a stylistic thing than a position problem. For example, I know what it takes to win a championship, whereas I think Carmelo once got a 6-seed in the East? Plus, remember when I locked down Steph Curry on defense at the end of the Finals last year? I mean … come on. Carmelo doesn’t provide the kind of defense I bring. But, hey, I’m not a general manager. If management is looking to break it all down and rebuild, that’s their decision.”
With the February 23rd trade deadline drawing closer, the Cavs management says the team is exploring any trade options to get better.
“And also apparently trade options to get much worse,” said Love, sipping a cup of tea while gazing out of a nearby window.