Here’s a ‘semi-realistic’ scenario where the Celtics trade for Carmelo
The Boston Celtics need a superstar, but right now there aren't too many available on the trade market. One possible answer is New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Though he's not a perfect candidate, Anthony kinda, sorta makes sense in Boston. Here's what ESPN's Zach Lowe had to write about the possibility of a trade going down at any point in the near future:
As Lowe outlines above, Anthony is probably too old to compliment Boston's current core. It doesn't make a bunch of sense to trade for him now, considering he can't make the Celtics a title contender and would damage their long-term goals.
But he's the type of talent they need, a shot creator who warps defenses by taking over games whenever he wants.
A popular nominee among rival executives, since the Celtics could acquire Anthony, their alleged missing go-to guy, without hurting their current team. Even James Dolan would have to think about a package of David Lee, Brooklyn's unprotected 2016 first-round pick, and salary filler. That pick could become Ben Simmons! Rebuilding around Porzingis, and without Anthony, would bring some short-term pain, but that pick is exactly the sort of asset that is worth some pain. The pick probably won't become Ben Simmons, of course. Brooklyn is bad, but it's hard to imagine them finishing behind Philly or the Lakers. Even in the losingest scenario, they'll enter the lottery in third position — with only a 15.6 percent chance at landing the top pick. There is no evidence these teams have ever discussed a Melo deal, per league sources. Boston likely wants a better gauge on where Brooklyn's pick might end up, and Melo doesn't fit their developmental timeline — or Brad Stevens' pass-happy style of play.