Carmelo Anthony's name has become a constant in the rumor mill for the past few seasons. And, with the direction the new-look Knicks are headed, it seems like there is no better time to move Melo than now. Among the teams the Knicks have contacted, we see the Cavs, the Bulls, and even the Boston Celtics. Nothing imminent has come of it yet, just that the Celtics are amongst the teams the Knicks have gauged interest on their franchise centerpiece.
But would it be a good move for the Celtics?
In reality, it all depends on the asking price. If the Knicks are willing to part with Anthony for anything realistic aside from this year's Brooklyn Nets pick, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Say what you want about the 32-year-old small forward, but he is still a borderline top 10 player in the NBA and difference maker.
Now Melo isn't the same explosive player he was even 2 years ago, but he brings a winning dynamic to a franchise that currently sits just 3.5 GB of the Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern Conference, and are tied in the loss column with the Raptors for first in the Atlantic Division. You add a player like Carmelo Anthony to your roster, your chances of winning not only the division, but even the Conference go way up.
The only issue regarding Carmelo is he's had some great teams in his career, yet has never made it past the Conference Finals. And it isn't his performance that screws his teams over, it's his character. He struggles to get along with coaches, especially in times of adversity. So that alone might drop his price a little bit.
What deal would I do if I were Danny Ainge?
Celtics Get: Carmelo Anthony
Knicks Get: Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, 2018 Brooklyn Nets pick