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Bill Simmons Thinks Celtics Could Target Carmelo Anthony If They Whiff On Gordon Hayward

So far, the Celtics have failed to come up with a superstar this off-season. Bill Simmons thinks the Celtics could still make a run at Carmelo Anthony.

After taking home the No. 1 seed in the East last year, and compiling a massive set of assets, it seemed like the perfect time for general manager Danny Ainge to pick up a star player or two. The targets are dwindling, however.

Paul George was unexpectedly traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, after the Pacers reportedly turned down a Celtics offer for him on draft night.

Blake Griffin re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Free agent Gordon Hayward has long seemed like the most logical addition, given his relationship with head coach Brad Stevens, who coached him at Butler during his college career. However, the Celtics have to beat out both his current team, the Utah Jazz, where he has played very well, and the Miami Heat who are always very dangerous in free agency.

If Boston strikes out again, The Ringer's Bill Simmons, a notably tapped-in Celtics fan, thinks they could make a play for Carmelo Anthony.

While the Knicks will reportedly not waive Anthony, the new front office has to be interested in moving the star forward and rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis. The Celtics have a ton of assets, and as contenders, might be an attractive destination for Anthony, who reportedly wants to stay on the East Coast to be near his family. Anthony is one of the few NBA players with a no-trade clause in his contract.

With how this crazy off-season has been just a few weeks in, we wouldn't rule out any big moves. This one certainly seems like it would make sense.