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REPORT: Celtics ‘In Favor’ of Carmelo Anthony Trade


One of the hot topics this summer will be where Carmelo Anthony will end up. The All-Star forward is clearly done with the Knicks and now will be looking to join a contender as he enters what is potentially the final phase of his prime years.

One of the teams that Melo was linked to at this years trade deadline was the Celtics. With the C’s now in serious need of a second scoring option, Anthony seems a lot more valuable to that situation. The NY Post is reporting that the Boston coaches are in favor of adding Melo and that Phil Jackson is intrigued by C’s forward Jae Crowder.

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 Post has learned that in talks with the Celtics, their defensive small forward Jae Crowder would be a major player of interest for Knicks president Phil Jackson. In fact, Jackson lamented not trading for Crowder when he was on the table in the 2014 trade talks with the Mavericks for Tyson Chandler. Crowder is an active, gritty defender who can shoot from 3-point range.

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