Late last week, a league source suggested Butler did not appear to be on the trade market –yet. But you can be sure the Celtics are monitoring the situation closely. We’re only seven months removed from serious draft-night discussions between the Celtics and Bulls, and Chicago’s season is threatening to spin out of control.
But the C’s do have interest in Anthony for themselves, as well. They have for a long time. And it’s no doubt their attention gained an even greater degree when word filtered out that the Celts are one of the clubs for whom Carmelo would consider waiving his no-trade clause. The question in this case, and, really, in every case, is price. According to multiple sources, there have been, as of the weekend, no formal trade talks between the Celts and New York, but that was largely because the Knicks are believed to be asking a Melo’s ransom for the star.
As of now, sources from other clubs are telling us that Ainge is patrolling the marketplace in hopes that a player worthy of some of the assets he has accumulated becomes available. If that happens, the Celts are in perhaps the best position to pounce.
One NBA executive has taken to calling Danny Ainge “The Bank.” “Because you can’t do business unless you go to the bank,” he said.