Could Carmelo Anthony be considering the Boston Celtics as one of the teams he’ll be signing with when he hits free agency in 2018?
The New York Knicks star was all praises for the Celtics franchise in a recent interview fueling speculations that Beantown could be his next team after his stint in N.Y.
“Melo” was asked about the Celtics’ tradition and the franchise’s appeal to free agents.
“I think it’s always been that. I mean, when you think about basketball, Boston is one of the top places that you think of,” Anthony told the Boston Herald. “It was just a matter of who was a free agent and if they had the money and the [salary cap] space here to pay them.”
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Carmelo Anthony could be the missing piece for the Celtics
Boston acquired Al Horford last offseason to make them a more complete team. But opinion around the NBA is that the C’s need to make one more move, of getting a true star, to compete with the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers this season. Trade rumors have mentioned the Celtics as possible aggressive players before the NBA trade deadline in February.
Realistically, the Celtics can acquire Anthony in a trade before the February deadline but it will likely cost them future first round picks and multiple young players. The Knicks also want to make the playoffs this season so it’s unlikely that they give up their star forward.
However, with the rise of Kristaps Porzingis in New York, there is a chance that team president Phil Jackson considers rebuilding around the young Latvian big man. Trading Melo to Boston will give the Knicks some nice young pieces to add for their future.
There is still belief in Boston that they want to be aggressive on the trade front this year. Anthony could consider the Celtics in free agency but that will come only after the 2017-2018 season when he can opt out of his deal in New York.
Watch some of Melo’s highlights this season:
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Carmelo Anthony earns an average of $24.8 million per year in his current contract with the Knicks. He will earn about $27.8M in the 2018-2019 season if he decides to stay in New York. But he can also opt out and hit the free agent market to get a higher salary and earn another multi-year contract.
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