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Report: Carmelo Anthony wanted Knicks to trade for Rajon Rondo

Carmelo Anthony reportedly wanted the Knicks to trade for Rajon Rondo. (Steve Babineau/NBAE) Carmelo Anthony reportedly wanted the Knicks to trade for Rajon Rondo. (Steve Babineau/NBAE)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reportedly wanted the Knicks to pursue Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, according to a New York Post report.

According to the report, Anthony told friends after the Brooklyn Nets pulled off a trade to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Anthony figured the Knicks would be in hot pursuit of Rondo. Anthony allegedly believed Rondo would be a perfect fit with the Knicks, claiming Rondo would be motivated to go against Garnett and Pierce.

The hypothetical trade scenario most likely won't come to fruition as the Knicks will be returning guard J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni. Anthony said on NBA Draft night that he won't "whine" or "complain" about the Knicks' lack of free-agency funds.

The Celtics, in an apparent transition phase, traded Garnett and Pierce to the Nets for expiring contracts and picks after moving head coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a first-round pick.

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