In the upcoming offseason, Phil Jackson plans to orchestrate a trade that will benefit Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. According to the latest report, the “Zen Master” is eyeing to send Carmelo Anthony to Boston Celtics for a trade package centered on Jae Crowder.
The Knicks’ decision to pick up the remaining two years of Jackson’s contract made Anthony’s situation more complicated. As most people expect, Anthony will be available once again in the trade market this summer. However, the 10-time NBA All-Star will only waive his no-trade clause for selected teams.
Is Carmelo Anthony to Boston Celtics finally happening this summer?
Before the February deadline, the Boston Celtics emerged as one of the possible trade destinations for Anthony. Marc Berman of New York Post revealed that Celtics’ coaching staff wanted to bring Melo to Boston. However, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge had too many reservations to make the deal happen.
“According to an NBA source, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline, but general manager Danny Ainge had too many reservations. One of Ainge’s concerns, according to a source, was an Anthony trade would have given Boston no real cap space to work with for the 2017 free-agent class,” Berman wrote.
However, if the Celtics suffer an early exit in the NBA Playoffs 2017, Ainge could chance his mind in the upcoming offseason. Berman revealed that Knicks president Phil Jackson is interested in sending Anthony to Boston for a package centered on Jae Crowder. Crowder will undeniably be a great fit in Jackson’s system, especially with his ability to defend and shoot three-pointers.
In order to make the deal happen, the Celtics would have to renounce the rights of their incoming free agents. These include Amir Johnson ($12 million), Tyler Zeller ($8 million), Jonas Jerebko ($5 million), and Gerald Green ($1.4 million). This will give them more than $25 million in cap space to absorb Anthony’s contract.
Carmelo Anthony to Boston Celtics only GM Danny Ainge’s Plan B
Despite the ongoing trade rumors, the Carmelo Anthony to Boston Celtics trade won’t be Ainge’s top priority this summer. Several superstars, including Indiana Pacers star Paul George, could also be available on the trade market. The Celtics hold the Brooklyn Nets’ 2017 first-round pick which will be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.
They could use their draft picks and young assets to acquire at least one superstar this summer. The 2017 free agency will also feature top talents, including Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. As most people think, Ainge will be testing the market first before proceeding to the Melo to Boston trade.
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