As expected Carmelo Anthony has opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks and will become a free agent this summer. Melo officially made the decision on Monday and the favorites to land the marquee free agent appears to be the Chicago Bulls. Things can change pretty quickly in the NBA and Rajon Rondo hinted that the Boston Celtics might try to lure the All-Star forward.
Rondo has suddenly become very outspoken over the last couple weeks when it comes to basketball operations. The Celtics point guard played a role in hosting Kevin Love when he visited Boston and he has also publicly stated his desire to play with Carmelo Anthony. With the NBA draft just days away, the Celtics are expected to make some noise, even if they aren’t able to make a deal for Love. But could there be something that involves Melo and possibly bringing a new big three to Boston?
In a recent appearance on ESPN’s “Numbers Never Lie,” Rondo was asked about Melo possibly joining Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in Chicago. He quickly admitted the move would make the Bulls a favorite. In the interview he said, “I hate to say it, but he just might be [the missing piece]. The Bulls have a great center in Joakim Noah who holds down the paint and one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in our league. And with Derrick Rose coming back, you have a Big Three in Chicago. Melo could be the missing piece, but if he does a move like that, we’ll have to figure out something in Boston.”
Rondo went on to mention his own desire to win and the changes he expects to happen with the Celtics. He hinted in the interview that Danny Ainge might actually make a run at Carmelo Anthony, which is something he would like to see happen to being another championship to the storied franchise.
He went on to say, “You never know what Danny [Ainge] is capable of doing. I can’t tell you too much. We want to be contenders as well next year. We don’t plan on being down for too long. I think Danny has a lot of wiggle room with what he’s been able to do the past couple of years in the draft. So I’m looking forward to what’s going to happen. Hopefully [Carmelo Anthony] doesn’t go to Chicago.”
Rondo mentioned that the “sky is the limit” once they obtained Melo, but one would think that the Celtics wouldn’t be on the prize free agent’s list of possibilities, but it wasn’t for Kevin Garnett either. Rondo appears to have some kind of inside knowledge about what’s about to happen over the next few days and through the duration of the summer. He could be planting a seed, but it’s becoming very clear that the Celtics are up to something very big.