Cavs Reject Knicks Attempt At Love-Anthony Trade

The Cleveland Cavaliers rejected the New York Knicks attempts at trade talks that were supposed to center around a Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony swap, Wednesday afternoon.

Cleveland’s front office, reportedly, isn’t prepared to move on from Love who’s having a good season averaging 20.5 points and 10.9 rebounds. The Cavs's hesitancy is to be expected, however, breaking up a title-winning group is typically viewed as an unwise decision. The trade deadline isn’t until February 23, so the Cavs will have ample time to consider the pros and cons of such a move in case they ultimately come to the conclusion that engaging in trade talks would be beneficial.

In addition, this comes during a time of adversity, as the Cavs are 2-6 in their last eight games, the worst eight game stretch the team has had since March 2011. James has publicly stated several times over that the team is in need of more playmakers who can create or at least initiate offensive production as well as another big man in order to add depth. These are two things one could argue the Cavs lost this past off-season in Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov, who signed for a combined 102 million over the summer, elsewhere.

Still, for now, they appear poised to focus on their current roster and improve their performance, rather than looking for external assistance.