Frank Isola of the New York Daily reported LeBron James is pushing the Cavaliers to trade for Carmelo Anthony, even if it means sending Kevin Love to the Knicks.
LeBron shot back — harshly.
It’s trash, and the guy who wrote it is trash too for writing that, especially during the game like that. It’s always about outside noise, and that’s just outside noise for us. We’ve got to focus on what needs to be done in order for us to continue to compete for a championship. We’ve got who we’ve 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.
I don’t what what LeBron is pushing behind the scenes. He has expressed a desire to play with his friend Anthony.
But LeBron wants us to forget he just said, “We need a f—ing playmaker” and “We gotta get a point guard. It’s my last time saying it”?
It’s hard to take him seriously when he essentially says the roster is fine as is. We know he’s pushing for change, because he has done so publicly on the record. That doesn’t mean he’s pushing for a Love-Anthony trade, and I’m inclined to believe LeBron is smart enough not to.* But this retort goes too far to be completely credible.
*I believe a Love-Anthony trade might help the Cavs against the Warriors this year, would hurt them against every other team this year and would hurt them against every team — including the Warriors — in future years. That’s not good justification to make the deal, though Golden State is so clearly the main threat this season.
In Isola’s defense, if he had this story pegged during the Cavaliers’ game tonight, there’s no harm in publishing as soon as he’s certain. Delaying only gives a competitor an opportunity to steal the scoop.
However, Love played great (39 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals) in Cleveland’s wild win over the Wizards. Nobody wants to talk at this moment about trading Love.
No matter what LeBron suggested before tonight, it’s hard to see that changing between now and the deadline. If LeBron were open to trading Love for Anthony, let alone pushing it, I can’t see him firing back so strongly at Isola.
This was the response of someone who knows Love is staying put and wants to stick up for a teammate he’ll ride with through the playoffs.