The Cleveland Cavaliers are the defending NBA Champions, but even though they are the runaway best team in the Eastern Conference, they are still looking to get better with about three weeks to go until the all important NBA Trade Deadline.
A player that the team has had their eyes on for some time is the player that came into the league and was drafted two spots after LeBron James with the first overall spot in the 2003 NBA Draft – that being Carmelo Anthony.
The Cavs have been chatting for some time with the New York Knicks about trying to grab Anthony, but they are not the only ones in the mix, as the Los Angeles Clippers are another team that seem to be in competition for Carmelo.
The odds are heavy for the Cavs when doing Online betting at William Hill Ireland and other such sites, but in Cleveland after a lackluster January that saw them play under .500 ball, there’s a sense of urgency that something will have to get done to make this team better for the stretch run in May and June.
One player on the Cavs roster that is getting a ton of attention when it comes to a possible deal for Anthony is that of Kevin Love, who has had two productive seasons for Cleveland and is in the midst of a third.
The Knicks would love to grab Love from the Cavs straight up for Anthony, but the Cavs are totally not budging on the deal, and have said time after time that they will not make a one-for-one deal with New York for the services of Anthony.
Love’s salary could be another issue if the Cavs are even slightly serious in trade talks. He’s due $21.2 million this season, $46.7 guaranteed the next two seasons and a player option worth $25.6 million in 2019-20.
This season he’s already been selected as an All-Star, and is playing better than the last two years, putting up 19.9 points, 11.0 rebounds per game. He also is a great matchup against Golden State, the team that no doubt the Cavs will take on for a third straight season for the NBA Title in what should be an epic battle in June.
So what do the Cavs do when it comes to trying to get Anthony on the roster but keep Love at the same time? There’s plenty of other players on the Cavs that could find themselves moved, such as J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and others, but Love appears to be ready to stay put.
Even he said as much about staying with the Cavs Friday.
“I expect to be here for a long time,” Love said.