Now let's compare that with his thoughts on Melo, who has also been on some successful teams (including a successful Knicks team!), has never shied away from the challenge of turning this team around or expressed a desire to play anywhere else despite years of losses.
ESPN reports that the Knicks quietly picked up Phil Jackson's option on the remaining two years of his contract as team president this spring. In 2016 he regeared the team again by trading for Derrick Rose, who is perpetually injured and hated Jackson's triangle offense; signing Joakim Noah to a $72 million deal even though he's perhaps even more perpetually injured than Rose; and signing Brandon Jennings, who lasted only a few months with the team. Jackson said the Knicks "want a significant player" in return, adding that any playoff team that doesn't win the title might look to shake things up.
Anthony is "open" to waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks want to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis. NY has missed the playoffs for four straight seasons and has lost at least 50 games in the past three, all under Jackson.
After all the tension within the Knicks this year, it is now clear that the Knicks will try to trade Anthony in the offseason.
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The best compliment he could muster for Anthony was, "He held it together pretty well with all the drama". Once Phil Jackson assumed control of the Knicks in late 2014, the team has gone a combined 80-166 over the past three seasons.
"We faced resistance and we faced resistance at the top", 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. The Knicks are hoping that potential landing spots for Anthony - the Cavs, the Clippers, the Celtics, the Wizards - all bomb in the postseason and become desperate, setting up a bidding war.
Moving Anthony will be hard, given his age and the $54 million remaining on the five-year deal Jackson gave him in 2014. If Anthony doesn't want to stay at the Knicks, a place where he isn't wanted, he may have to go to a team that won't be fighting immediately for a championship. "I think he had some concern this year about physicality, not being able to stand up to all the games physically with his Achilles tendon, back, etc". Jackson would like to see him play in the post more often. "This is not a situation we're going to dump you". Jackson said the comment was misconstrued, and said Anthony is an "elite" scorer and has had a Hall of Fame career, though he didn't praise other parts of Anthony's game or walk back earlier comments about Anthony holding the ball for too long.