With another season lost to terrible basketball, Carmelo Anthony has now missed the playoffs in three straights years, after making it into the playoffs for his first 10 NBA seasons. While the Knicks are drowning in mediocrity, for some reason unknown to almost everyone, Melo wants to stay with New York for the long haul.
According to multiple reports, Anthony is unwilling to waive his no-trade clause this summer to be traded to a legitimate contender.
However, reports surfaced Thursday morning (ESPN Lies) that the Boston Celtics expressed interest in the All-Star forward. While Melo has confirmed his commitment to the Knicks organization and has not done anything to waver that trust, one has to wonder if his mentality will change if the Knicks fail to upgrade their roster this summer.
For the Celtics, this is a bit of a bewildering trade, if it were to ever happen. For Anthony to be effective, he needs to have the ball in his hands for far too long. If you have watched the Celtics at all this season, you will be able to tell almost instantaneously that Melo does not really fit this brand of basketball. Boston loves to get out and run in transition (Melo hates that), play gritty defense (Melo hates that), and give 110% effort every single night (Melo sure as hell does not do that).
If the Celtics land Melo without having to give up half of their roster, however, this should be something that they consider. With Melo on their roster, big time free agents would almost certainly follow. With Isaiah Thomas coming off the bench, a superstar down low (Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis-type of guy), and Carmelo Anthony at the small forward position, I'm not sure there is a team that the Celtics could not beat in the Eastern Conference.