More often than not superstars around the NBA ultimately call the shots when it comes to adding or subtracting to current rosters.
We saw it again when New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony wanted a second scorer and Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald went out and quickly acquired Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors.
But did ‘Melo get his wish?
Anthony told friends after the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade to the Nets, he figured the Knicks would make a play for point guard Rajon Rondo. Anthony believes Rondo would be the perfect piece and would be super motivated in New York to attempt to knock off Garnett and Pierce.
Naturally that didn’t happen and likely won’t happen unless the Knicks decide to part with their only realistic trade chip in Iman Shumpert.
With the Celtics in the middle of a rebuilding process, Rondo could be the next player Danny Ainge moves, but it won’t be to the Knicks.
The Knicks are in a mess financially and have already been outbid on minor role players this offseason. In addition, they don’t have the expiring contracts or draft picks the Celtics would be in search for in any potential Rondo deal.
The financial problems the Knicks have likely won’t be fixed for at least two seasons and Rondo will be long gone from Boston by then.
But how will Anthony take that?
There’s a good chance that he gets upset that the Knicks didn’t make the necessary upgrades he asked for. With all of the rumors that Anthony could opt out of his deal following the season, he very well may realize that the Knicks brass don’t make the necessary good moves required to win a championship.
With decades of bad contract after bad contract, what makes anyone (especially Anthony) believe that won’t happen again when the Knicks have money to spend in two years?
The Knicks have no one to blame for the situation they are in except for themselves.
Rondo and any other major upgrades are out of the question and they have likely made their superstar unhappy in the process.
Follow Matt Shetler on Twitter for news, reaction and analysis from around the NBA.