It’s not even July and the New York media is already churning out trade rumors.
Here’s the rumor from Marc Berman of the NY Post:
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.
This seems much ado about nothing. With the Knicks out of the playoffs, what is else is there to talk about? The recently lost a coin flip to the Timberwolves for draft position, Kristap Porzingis skipped his exit interview (but later pledged his love for the city but not necessarily the team), Anthony is in the middle of a break-up, and they picked up the option on Phil Jackson’s rich contract.
So, here are the particulars: Jae Crowder could be part of the deal, Melo’s final guaranteed year of $26M+ (with a player option for 2018-2019) could be absorbed into Boston’s cap space if they renounced the rights to several free agents, and Ainge would most likely have