Phil Jackson: Carmelo Anthony 'better off somewhere else'

Beyond just the Carmelo Anthony drama, the Knicks had some very public issues this season. According to the latest National Basketball Association rumors, the Knicks are going to trade Anthony this summer and he is willing to waive his no-trade clause.

It was reported Thursday that Knicks owner James Dolan picked up the option on the remaining two years of the 71-year-old Jackson's contract.

"They might", Anthony said Wednesday night when asked if the Knicks would attempt to trade him in the offseason.

Jackson characterized his meeting with Anthony as "cordial".

Anthony said earlier this week that he wanted to hear what Jackson has to say before making any decision about his future. (No Eastern Conference team won 54 games this year.) They haven't been able to win with Phil Jackson. "This is not something that you want to have labeled on your career". He's shown that he's competitive, he's shown that he's got a sense of desire to win, etc.

"So in our talks this time we talked about how we're going to go about doing what we have to do", Jackson said. During the lead-up to the February trade deadline, the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were linked to Anthony.

The love affair in NY is all but over between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony.

Porzingis later liked Anthony's post on Instagram. That's what he does. The best player he has acquired outside of Porzingis is probably Courtney Lee.

It appears that Carmelo Anthony's time with the New York Knicks may be coming to an end. He carried the basic load for this team. "But he wants to redeem himself as a player". Which I like that attitude.

I wish Jackson had realized the same about himself. But it's hard to not think that if it is what the timing of it seems to suggest it is, it's the flawless response to a very imperfect team president who failed to take any responsibility for his team's failings and instead left his star out to repeatedly answer for them on his own.

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