One day after Anthony admitting that he was "open" to the idea of moving on from the organization by waving his no-trade clause, team president Phil Jackson made it clear where the organization stands. In ESPN's report, a past statement by Knicks president Phil Jackson was cited and it could have suggested that they are ready to "move" the youngest MVP in the history of the National Basketball Association.
"We've not been able to win with him on the court at this time", Jackson said at the news conference after exit interviews with players.
"I think the direction with our team is that he would be better off somewhere else", Jackson said. Considering Jackson later said the 53-year-old Hornacek is a "young coach", he's clearly decided he needs to oversee things in order to make sure his beloved triangle offense - something virtually his entire team, led by Anthony, has rebelled against - is properly installed.
Carmelo Anthony has a feeling that the New York Knicks will trade him this offseason. NY has missed the playoffs for four straight seasons and has lost at least 50 games in the past three, all under Jackson.
The Knicks have little leverage, and Anthony - who shouldn't feel any obligation to appease Jackson - can sabotage negotiations because of the no-trade clause.
"That's a long way down the road, but there's very few options at that level", Jackson said.
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The best compliment he could muster for Anthony was, "He held it together pretty well with all the drama". Jackson says he told him: "We have't won here".
It was Jackson of course who put that unproven coach in place, who insisted on a system that was unfamiliar to the players and most felt was antiquated. Most recently, the Knicks offered Joakim Noah a four-year $72 million contract.
Tensions mounted between Jackson and Anthony in January, when a columnist known to be a confidant of Jackson wrote that the player had outlived his usefulness in NY. I think he had some concern this year about physical.
Perhaps no two issues demonstrate that contradictory nature than Phil's opinions on Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. "If you really believe that's (the problem), then we've solved our problem. You don't want to end up your career not winning", Jackson said.
Based on what Jackson said to the media, it appears as though NY will put Anthony back on the trade market during the 2017 offseason.