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Posted at 4:24 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Lakers shoot down latest rumors of Carmelo Anthony trade

By Cindy Boren

Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was chuckling about the latest in the unending trade rumors involving Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony.

"I haven't even entertained it," Jackson said after the Lakers' practice in Boston. "My first thought is why are these [media] people interrupting my life with these kind of rumors."

The latest rumbling concerns a possible trade of Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest for Anthony and Al Harrington, but the Los Angeles Times reports that a Lakers official, who will not speak publicly, "steadfastly denied it." The trade deadline is Feb. 24.

"We don't really deal with the unknowns," Kobe Bryant said. "You might as well talk about UFOs, too."

As for Anthony, he said that if he's not traded he'd take "a real hard look" at signing a three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nuggets, according to the Denver Post.

Asked about a trade to LA, Anthony said: "I've never heard of that. That was a new one." He added: "It is what it is. Every day is something different. I guess now is the Lakers."

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 4:24 PM ET
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Comments

Cindy, this headline is incendiary and could incite violence.

Or so I've been told.

Posted by: freakzilla | February 9, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

So all day Chris Broussard has been on ESPN talking about this "possibility"?
Another slow sports news day.
Does ESPN condone their analysts making these stories up?

Posted by: c4kays | February 9, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

if this wasn't true then why Phil confirm Anthony was coming to LA in this interview.......proof that there is something going on...maybe its not Bynum and/or Artest that he is wiling to give up.....but someone else????

Posted by: ndlr | February 9, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

if this wasn't true then why Phil confirm Anthony was coming to LA in this interview.......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN7Ez4QKH8g......proof that there is something going on...maybe its not Bynum and/or Artest that he is wiling to give up.....but someone else????

Posted by: ndlr | February 9, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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