Celtics coaches wanted Carmelo Anthony during the trade deadline, Danny Ainge said no

Posted: April 21, 2017 in #BringYour"A"GameSportsTalk!, #ChicagoSportsAndMore, #NBARumors, basketball, chicago bulls, entertainment, NBA Basketball, news, Sports

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As the Celtics attempt to climb out of a 2-0 hole in their first-round playoff series against the Bulls, you can’t help but wonder if they would be better off with a secondary scorer to go with Isaiah Thomas.
Apparently, Boston’s coaching staff wanted to acquire that scorer two months ago. Source, Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline, but Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge wouldn’t pull the trigger. 

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.

The report also says that the Carmelo talks could heat up again if the Celtics are eliminated in the first round and that Knicks president Phil Jackson would consider Jae Crowder “a major player of interest” in any potential deal.
Jackson hasn’t held his tongue about trading Anthony, and the 32-year-old forward has expressed a willingness to waive his no-trade clause to go to a winning situation. The Celtics, despite their postseason struggles, certainly check that box.

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