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Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points in a loss at Dallas. He has been reluctant to discuss his future, although he is sure to be the topic of trade speculation in the coming weeks.

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DALLAS — Carmelo Anthony started his day in the familiar position of discussing his future with the Knicks.

The latest round of questions from reporters centered on comments by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James — specifically his frustration with his own team’s roster and his desire to add another “playmaker” as the Cavaliers seek to defend their N.B.A. championship. James and Anthony are close friends.

“Do I think he would want me to play with him?” Anthony said Wednesday morning. “Yes, I do think he would want me to play with him. But I don’t know if that comment is about me. I don’t think I’m the only playmaker in the N.B.A.”

A trade with the Cavaliers would be nearly impossible for any number of reasons, starting with the no-trade clause in Anthony’s contract. He has expressed a desire to remain with the Knicks — for now,…

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