In trade talks with both the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler and the Indiana Pacers for Paul George, two All-Star forwards each younger than Melo, Ainge was reluctant on giving up Crowder, his hard-nosed, versatile defender and three-point shooter.
Jackson said he wants a significant player in return for any deal involving Anthony. The Celtics also have Marcus Smart, rookie Jaylen Brown, and second-year guard Terry Rozier as rotational players.
Boston would also need to renounce its expiring contracts — Amir Johnson ($12 million), Tyler Zeller ($8 million), Jonas Jerebko ($5 million), Gerald Green ($1.4 million) — to fit in Anthony’s contract.
Adding an offensive weapon to a team with defensive deficiencies could prove counterintuitive, but Boston needs star power to get over the hump, and Anthony could be a realistic option when the trade market reopens.
Elite Womens Vince Wilfork Jersey The King is now 12-0 in his career in first-round series and won each of his last 21 first-round games, dating back to his four straight trips to the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat. All-time, James is 48-7 in the opening round of the postseason and has swept his opponent seven of his 12 trips to the playoffs. It’s a remarkable run capped off by an impressive dismissal of a Pacers team that rallied at the end for their playoff lives.
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