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Carmelo Anthony reacts to LeBron James saying Cavs need a ‘playmaker’

Carmelo Anthony was asked for a reaction to LeBron James’ expletive-ridden diatribe on Monday night about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ need of another “playmaker.”

Let’s just say Anthony, whose future with the New York Knicks seemingly is on tenuous ground, didn’t shy away from the notion that it would be interesting to join forces with his pal in Cleveland … albeit without explicitly stating it.

Once James made his “playmaker” comment, speculation ensued about who could possibly fill that perceived void on the Cavs’ roster.  When asked whether he could fulfill such a “playmaker” role, Anthony tiptoed around controversy with a careful response.

“You ask me a question if he thinks I’d want to play with him?’’ Anthony said, via the New York Post. “Yes. I do think he’d want me to play with him. I don’t think he wouldn’t. But I don’t know if that comment was about me. I don’t think I’m the only playmaker in the NBA.’’

When asked point blank if he wanted to play in Cleveland with James, Anthony wisely sidestepped the question.

“I don’t think about it – not something I think about right now,” he said. “As far as playing with him, I don’t think about that. I can’t think about that. You know I’m not thinking about that.”

James last spring spoke fondly of creating a superteam comprised of his closest NBA pals, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul. That’s likely never to happen, nor is Anthony joining the Cavaliers this season, as it would be nearly impossible to orchestrate such a trade given economic constraints.

Reports suggest the Cavaliers have “no interest” in acquiring Anthony, so any discussions about it occurring are essentially a moot point. Although Anthony’s comments do provide a window into how he views his long- and short-term future with the Knicks organization, especially in light of all the drama this season.

Anthony added in his comments about James that should he decide to part ways with the Knicks one way or another, he wouldn’t call it “chasing a ring.” But at 32, what other point would there be?