The Boston Celtics have entered a full-scale rebuilding project after trading away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets.
Some have speculated that point guard Rajon Rondo could be the next player that the Celtics unload in an effort to accumulate more assets for the future. According to the New York Post, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony wanted his team to make a run at Rondo. Anthony believes that Rondo is the missing piece for the Knicks and would have added motivation to knock off Garnet and Pierce.
Instead, the Knicks will return a similar lineup around Anthony that got the team eliminated in the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The biggest addition was forward Andrea Bargnani, whom the Knicks acquired in a trade with the Toronto Raptors.
Keeping a competitive lineup around Anthony will be essential to keeping him happy. The star forward has an opt-out clause in his contract after next season, and the rumors have already started that he would like to head out west to play with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Whether or not it was realistic for Anthony to expect the Knicks to make a run at Rondo, he seems to be getting impatient in New York and has the option to head elsewhere to make a run at a title.