It’s no secret general manager Danny Ainge would love to add Utah Jazz guard/forward Gordon Hayward via free agency, but if that fails, it leaves little options for the team to improve, unless a trade can be made and that’s had social media buzzing with possibilities since the Celtics lost to the Cavaliers earlier this month.
The NY Post has reported that Ainge could look at moving some younger talent and possible draft picks to acquire All Star Carmelo Anthony, a move that would add more scoring punch to the lineup and experience the team sorely needs in crunch time. The veteran forward is clearly unhappy with the direction the Knicks appear headed would welcome a change to a team that could win a championship.
It appears Boston would need to move Jae Crowder, a defensive specialist and decent scorer, along with a future first or a couple second round picks to make this deal happen, but it could be a move that won’t happen until after the NBA Draft when the Celtics will know exactly what players they can use to add the help needed for next season.
New York is just looking to rebuild and dumping a big salary player like Anthony would help. The Knicks need more room under the cap to add depth and if that means trading their best player, its a move that must be made, even if the talent received is less than what they are giving.
While both sides would like to make moves this summer, Boston is clearly the side with the most to gain at this point. The Celtics showed they can play against anyone when they play their best and adding Anthony would only improve an already solid squad. Ainge will look to make at least one big move over the off season and if Hayward decides to play elsewhere, Anthony is a solid option as a second choice.