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Lakers Andrew Bynum on Carmelo Trade: News To Me

Recent talks between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers have spawned rumors about a potential trade for Carmelo Anthony and Andrew Bynum. That has been the story in the NBA of late, though Bynum says that he hasn’t put much into it, and has heard nothing personally of any such movement.

“It’s just another rumor as far as I’m concerned,” Bynum remarked on Wednesday afternoon. “I was caught up in [Chris] Bosh and Pau [trade speculation], so it’s nothing new to me. I’m just going to keep playing basketball.

“It’s not really in my power. I can’t control it, so I can’t allow myself to focus on things that are kind of out of my domain. I can’t do anything. All I can do is come in here and play basketball for the team.”

Bynum said that no one in the Lakers organization had come to him to discuss the potential for a trade.

“I think they would [contact me] if it was more than a rumor,” Bynum stated. “No one’s really said anything.”

This was just the start of the trade rumors circulating between Anthony, and then the Lakers separately, as Ron Artest was brought up in a potential trade to the Charlotte Bobcats. Artest said he really didn’t pay attention to the trade rumors.

“Regardless, the NBA is going to be a great association,” Artest said. “There’s 400-something players in the NBA, 30 teams, and every team, every organization, is great. Everybody is like one big team, one big happy family. Everybody is getting paid.”

The Nuggets have dealt with trade rumors for Anthony for months now, with the possibility of him going to the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets. The possibility of a move to the Lakers though is something new, though it was reported that these talks were merely preliminary.

As the NBA season wears on, the Lakers continue to remain one of the betting favorites to win the 2011 NBA title, as the two-time defending champions.


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