After seeing their reign as a legitimate contender for an NBA Championship come to an end, the Boston Celtics found themselves in the lottery this season.
The Celtics still have an All-Star in point guard Rajon Rondo and a few young talented players like big men Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk and guard Avery Bradley. They also hold two first round draft picks, the sixth-overall and 17th-overall selections.
Because they have those assets, many expect the Celtics to make a play for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love or New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.
Rondo would love the Celtics to acquire Anthony.
“You never know what Danny [Ainge] is capable of doing,” Rondo told ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie via Basketball Insiders. “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.”
“I think after we try to get ‘Melo and add an additional piece, then who knows? The sky’s the limit,” Rondo added. “I play to try to win a championship every year. With ‘Melo, I think it’s very possible.”
Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his knee injury and averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 40.3% from the field, 28.9% from beyond the arc and 62.7% from the free throw line. Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line.