Carmelo Anthony didn't want to play for the Celtics
Carmelo Anthony didn't want to waive his no-trade clause to become a Celtic. There were rumors of a three team deal that would've sent Anthony to the Cavs and Love to the Celts, but the Celtics allegedly discussed acquiring Melo himself and the talks went nowhere because of the star forward's unwillingness to waive his no trade clause. The story comes courtesy of Ian Begley at ESPN.com:
Prior to the trade deadline, the Boston Celtics expressed interest in obtaining Anthony via a trade with the Knicks, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
It is unclear if there were any formal discussions between New York and Boston and if those discussions ever reached an advanced stage. But Boston was informed that Anthony had no desire to leave the Knicks via trade to play for the Celtics, sources say.
With the Knicks sitting at 24-35 at 13th place in the Eastern Conference behind only Philly and the Nets, it makes sense that Anthony would want to stay in New York and continue to build his winning brand.