Report: Celtics were interested in Carmelo Anthony at the deadline

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

It seems like the Celtics were interested in Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony at this past NBA Trading Deadline. The feeling however was not mutual.


Prior to the trade deadline, the Boston Celtics expressed interest in obtaining Anthony via a trade with the Knicks, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.

It is unclear if there were any formal discussions between New York and Boston and if those discussions ever reached an advanced stage. But Boston was informed that Anthony had no desire to leave the Knicks via trade to play for the Celtics, sources say.

According to Ian Begley, who covers the Knicks for ESPN New York, Melo would not waive his no-trade clause to come to Boston.

I assume in a deal of this magnitude, with a player of Carmelo’s stature in the league, it would have required the Celtics to give up the 2016 Nets pick and as I’ve highlighted before it may be decreasing in value. That being said the Celtics should not trade that, or anything, for Anthony.

Surprisingly, Melo seems like a good fit and would fill a scoring need on this young Celtics roster so it’s not really a huge surprise that the Celtics would try to acquire him especially given that the Knicks seems to be moving on with Kristaps Porzingis as the face of their franchise.

The soon-to-be 32 year old is averaging 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4.2 assists (career high) per game this season. But, he is shooting his lowest field goal percentage since his rookie season back in 2003-2004.

The reason why I’d be weary about bringing in a guy like Carmelo Athony is because historically he has been one of those stars in the NBA that cannot bring his team to a championship.

He couldn’t get his Denver Nuggets teams out of the first round of the playoffs until the 2008-2009 season when they made the Western Conference Finals and lost the L.A. Lakers

Since he’s arrived in New York, the Knicks have had minimal success except making it to the East Semi’s in 2013.

Anthony just doesn’t seem like the right guy, for similar reasons as Dwight Howard, for the Celtics to try and fast track this rebuild with.

For example, do you want your star player, who last night immediately after missing this game tying 3-pointer against the Pacers at the buzzer, smiling like it’s no big deal?

I sure don’t.



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